1. Weird

    Largest Gun Bust in NYC History Because Of Rapper’s Instagram

    While Sherlock Holmes may have Moriarty, and Superman Lex Luthor, and we're all thrilled to watch their never-ending battles, it's kind of comforting when real life criminals are too stupid to do much damage before going balls-up in some truly glorious ways. Case in point: the largest gun bust in NYC history happened because of Instagram.

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  2. Tech

    NYC Announces Plan to Convert Payphones to Wi-Fi Hotspots

    Of all the detritus remaining from the pre-cellular age, payphones are among the most visible. However, a new plan launched in New York City might give these once useful call kiosks a new lease on life by converting them into free Wi-Fi hotspots.

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  3. Weird

    Challenge Accepted: NYC Bicyclist Only Rides in Bike Lanes, Crashes into Everything

    When filmmaker and bicyclist Casey Neistat received a $50 fine for riding outside of a bike lane in New York City despite his protestations that the bike lane is often unsafe, he made this video in which he attempts to reduce the law to absurdity. So Neistat religiously sticks within the boundaries of the bike lane, even if they're blocked by trash, taxi, or trucks -- and if there's no way around them, he simply crashes spectacularly into them. It's not entirely clear that the ticketing Neistat describes is legal in the first place; what the law actually says is that "Bicycle riders must use bike path/lane, if provided, except for access, safety, turns, etc." [emphasis added], but NYC police have been aggressively ticketing cyclists this year, sometimes without regard for that caveat. New York City regulations also ban "parking, standing or stopping vehicles within or otherwise obstructing bike lanes." Neistat's point: Police can't fairly enforce the law with respect to cyclists without applying it to everyone else and making the lanes safe for use. (Consumerist via Boing Boing)

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  4. Weird

    We Admit It, This Hipster Trap is Funny

    An art installation found in New York City, this hipster trap contains the stereotypical staples of hipster life: American Spirit cigarettes, a can of PBR, silly plastic glasses, and a brightly-colored bike chain. We tried not to find it funny. We really did.

    (via BuzzFeed)

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  5. Weird

    Ninjas Care About the Issues, Too: Shinobi Ninja Headlining @Twestival in NYC

    Tonight, Shinobi Ninja, a DIY rock band hailing from Brooklyn, NY, will be the headlining act at New York City Twestival 2010. According to the Twestival website:
    Some ninjas are stealthy. Others attack their enemies with great ferocity. In the case of Shinobi Ninja, they kill through a combination of hard rockin’ riddims, razor-sharp rhymes and a hipster attitude that does Brooklyn proud.

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