Happy Thanksgiving from nyc!

Here’s Snoopy and Woodstock in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, taken from our rooftop deck in nyc. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!

Great Geo Guessing Game

GeoGuessr is a cool geography game that uses Google Street View.  The game randomly places you all around the world, and you get points for clicking on the map as close as you can to the place you’re viewing.  Sometimes you get lucky and know where you are based on some famous landmark, but very often you have to try to figure it out based on subtle clues in the scenery, roads, signs, people, flora and fauna.  So far, my personal best is just over 13,000 points in one round — how high can you score?

Genealogy falling, Ancestry rising

About 7 months ago, genealogy blogger James Tanner wrote about Google search trends showing a possible decline in the popularity of genealogy. Viewing the comments, some people speculated that perhaps people were getting better at doing Google searches by searching directly for people and places in their family history rather than just typing the word “genealogy” into Google. I speculate that is likely true; I also suspect people are using more specialized searches on sites such as Ancestry.com rather than just using Google.* However, another idea occurred to me today, and that is that perhaps the word genealogy itself is … Read more

1660 New Amsterdam atop 2013 New York

The excellent historical blog Ephemeral New York has a post today about the 1660 Costello Plan, referred to by the New York Public Library as the “earliest known plan of New Amsterdam and the only one dating from the Dutch period.” To put the original Costello Plan into a present-day context, I’ve overlaid it on Google Earth and made these screenshots of lower Manhattan (click the images to see larger versions): North is up in this map.  Look how much of present day New York would have been underwater back in 1660!  Manhattan’s west coast would have been present-day Greenwich Street, … Read more

Boston Marathon Bombing: Map showing the Location and Time-stamp of the Surveillance Video of the Suspects

See video here The Boston Marathon Bombing was a cowardly act, and we all want to see justice served to those responsible. Now that the FBI has released details of the bombing suspects, I decided to create a map that shows the likely location and timing of the of the surveillance video of the suspects, in hopes that somebody who was nearby at the time may have noticed them. If you have any information at all regarding the men shown in the attached photos and video, you should immediately submit them onhttps://bostonmarathontips.fbi.gov. As the FBI website states, no piece of information or detail is too … Read more

Great 5 1/3 mile NYC UWS run!

For those in the great city of New York City, specifically the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and into running (ok, I just limited my global audience for this post!), I have an inspirational — or at least not monotonous — 5 1/3 mile run for you! Half of the run is in Central Park and the other half along the Hudson River Greenway.  I’m showing 74th Street and 108th Sreet as the two places to cross back and forth between the park- and water-side legs, but you can adjust your numbered blocks up and down to suit your starting … Read more

New York City: the safest major city in America. Mystery Of New York’s Falling Crime Rate Remains Unsolved

…”In 1990, there were 2,245 murders in the city. Last year the number was 414, the lowest since police began keeping reliable records.” “In one remarkable day, Nov. 26, 2012, there was not a single murder, stabbing or shooting reported in the nation’s largest city, possibly the only time that happened since New York was a small Dutch colony.”… Mystery Of New York’s Falling Crime Rate Remains Unsolved | LiveScience: ‘via Blog this’