At the New York Tech Meet Up, Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched the Reinvent Payphones Challenge, where the city will accept proposals to better integrate the old technology into the urban landscape. Though underutilized, the antiquated phones were crucial to those in lower Manhattan during the Sandy disaster when cell service wasn't available; although the Mayor wants to see upgrades, a phone will always be a part of the plan.
In other news, Bill Nye shares his science guy green home, and check out a "pop-up" balcony. See the headlines after the jump.• Mayor Bloomberg Wants You To Redesign The Pay Phone | Architizer
• A Science Guy's Place in the Sun | The Wall Street Journal
• Need A Release From Your Cramped Apartment? Call This "Pop-Up" Balcony | Architizer
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