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Engineering against all odds, or how NYC’s subway will get wireless in the tunnels

Engineering against all odds, or how NYC’s subway will get wireless in the tunnels

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 Never ask a wireless engineer working on the NYC subway system “What can go wrong?” Flooding, ice, brake dust, and power outages relentlessly attack the network components. Rats — many, many rats — can eat power and fiber optic cables and bring down the whole system. Humans are no different, as their curiosity or malice strikes a blow against wireless hardware… Read More
NYC’s Immigration Court Erodes Accommodations for Children Without Attorneys

NYC’s Immigration Court Erodes Accommodations for Children Without Attorneys

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Adi TalwarVisitors enter 26 Federal Plaza, the building many immigration hearings take place. After her father abandoned the family and her mother traveled to the U.S. to earn money for her children, Maria struggled. At home in Honduras, gang members tried to coerce her into becoming the “girlfriend” of one their members. So three years ago, Maria fled with her younger brother. The children traveled north through Texas until they reached New York where they reunited with their mother. At 14, Maria — whose name has been changed for this story to protect her identity — joined tens of thousands of other children escaping violence and danger in their native countries. Once inside the U.S., Maria encountered a new challenge: how to persuade immigration court to let her stay in the c
UrbaNerd: Where NYC’s Fires Were in 2017

UrbaNerd: Where NYC’s Fires Were in 2017

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Alexander BaxevanisThe New York City Fire Department responded to 41,000 fires in calendar year 2017. One night last summer my family and I were driving back to our neighborhood when we saw a thick, black plume of smoke spreading across the sky. It was coming from about two blocks south of our house. The streets were clogged with emergency vehicles, lights flashing, and sirens sounded as additional equipment rolled in. It seemed like the whole block was on fire. In fact, it was just one house. The next day the property was tidily boarded up. The impact on the neighborhood was minimal–same as the previous summer, when a fire chewed up a decent part of my neighbor’s back room, or that fall, when my teenage son had to call 911 because our oven caught fire. Two more serious fires ...