Those who are stubbornly optimistic about the return of the Manhattan office market might want to take a close look at this report from the New York Building Congress.
It looks like major commercial development in Manhattan is still sluggish, which is no surprise considering the recent recession. In fact, the report blames the downturn in significant new office construction on the “dramatic decline in employment along with a sharp rise in office vacancies.”
Still, ever-positive as the Building Congress is, the trade group sees a silver lining to this slowdown.
The MTA’s website was borked this morning after 500,000 New Yorkers tried to find information about the snowstorm, Transportation Nation reports.
The influx was almost twice the 270,000 who tried to get to MTA.info during December’s blizzard.
An MTA spokesman said the MTA is upping the site’s capacity and in the meantime, MTA.info has Read More
Did you know Aol’s email service was down for more than 12 hours yesterday?
About 4 percent of Aol Mail users were frozen out of their accounts yesterday and emails sent to them were rejected, MSNBC’s Wilson Rothman reports. Aol Mail users are still missing emails that disappeared during the outage.
That’s Read More
Tumblr has a new mascot–the Tumbeast.
Tumblr has been drowning in its own popularity lately, reminded users of Twitter’s frequent outages in the early days.
But Twitter has a lovable downtime mascot, the “fail whale’ drawn by artist Yiying Lu, which has had an article in The New York Times Magazine and has its Read More
Service over at the local blogmonger Tumblr has been sputtering over the past month or so.
But the site’s error page, an old-fashioned flip board that says “We’ll be back shortly,” is nowhere near as cute as Twitter’s fail whale.
Adam Hemphill, a San Francisco developer who works for Wired, created wellbebackshortly.com so Read More
Are the holidays crashing our social media?
The popular voice, video and chat service Skype, which may be one of the few companies with more users than Facebook, was down this morning. “Calm down, everyone: Skype is down because Julian needs to make a private phone call,” wrote one commenter on the tech Read More