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What it’s like to be an art handler for real housewives, Wall Street weasels, and Jay Z. Image 1.

What Do You Do January 04, 2016 12:30 PM

What it’s like to be an art handler for real housewives, Wall Street weasels, and Jay Z

 

In this installment of our anonymous interview series, we spoke with three art handlers who install artworks in museums, galleries and estates. 

 

  • City Index

What are the most popular New Year's Eve events in cities around the world?

What are the most popular New Year's Eve events in cities around the world?

The most popular events, like fireworks and the Times Square ball drop, cost next to nothing, but more luxe experiences can run you hundreds to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

  • Food

Why does it cost so much and why are people buying it?

Why does it cost so much and why are people buying it?

Hopes&Fears asks psychologists and economists why anyone would shell out irrational amounts of money for trendy health food.

  • City
  • New York

How happy are workers at New York City’s “Happy” businesses?

How happy are workers at New York City’s “Happy” businesses?

We talked to employees at a few businesses in New York City with “happy” in the title. It was a little awkward.

If you remember this playground, your childhood was awesome
  • Architecture

If you remember this playground, your childhood was awesome

The story of Bob Leathers, the architect whose kid-designed playgrounds shaped a generation of play.

What it's like to be a travel writer, from free booze to near-death experiences. Image 1.

What Do You Do December 28, 2015 6:44 PM

What it's like to be a travel writer, from free booze to near-death experiences

 

We spoke with three travel writers who report from exotic, wild or luxurious destinations for money.

 

  • City Index

Which cities around the world have the worst traffic?

Which cities around the world have the worst traffic?

The study we drew from evaluated drivers in 78 key locations, measuring how often they had to “start-stop” in a year.

  • How to gear up

How a modern Santa gears up for Christmas

How a modern Santa gears up for Christmas

From beard yanking to texting while wearing the iconic white gloves, this "man in the red suit" tells Hopes&Fears about the little details that make Santa come to life.

What it’s like to sling Christmas trees round the clock in NYC. Image 1.

What Do You Do December 21, 2015 12:04 PM

What it’s like to sling Christmas trees round the clock in NYC

 

In the latest installment of our anonymous interview series, we talk with the people who
farm and sell you your Christmas trees.

 

  • Life

How comic books taught my immigrant mom to fly

How comic books taught my immigrant mom to fly

When my mom discovered the Great American Superheroes as a kid from Puerto Rico, her life changed. Comic books helped her rise up from the back of the class and ultimately defeat a real-life villain.

  • City Index

What are the most popular religions in cities around the world?

What are the most popular religions in cities around the world?

For this week's City Index, we take a look at the most dominant religions in ten cities around the world.

  • What Do You Do

What it's like to be an inheritor

What it's like to be an inheritor

In the latest installment of our anonymous interview series, we talk to inheritors, trust fund recipients, and the solemnly rich.

  • Events

A Freaks and Geeks geek on becoming the M'Lady meme

A Freaks and Geeks geek on becoming the M'Lady meme

Following several standout roles as a child actor, Jerry Messing found himself at the peak of internet infamy for an unfortunate headshot as a 'poster-child of neckbeards.' This is his story.

  • City Index

What are the most visited tourist attractions in cities around the world?

What are the most visited tourist attractions in cities around the world?

We round up the most popular tourist attractions to visit or, if you hate tourists, to avoid.

The man who taught your cab driver how to navigate NYC
  • Life
  • New York

The man who taught your cab driver how to navigate NYC

AJ Gogia runs his cab driving school like a strict headmaster. His charisma has landed him in the year's most acclaimed documentary and brought offers for a reality TV show, which he rejected.

  • How to gear up
  • New York

How a bike messenger gears up for cycling in winter

How a bike messenger gears up for cycling in winter

Caro Ruiz shares her tips for staying warm and dry in harsh winter weather while cruising through NYC on two wheels.

What it’s really like to work
for Parks and Rec. Image 1.

What Do You Do December 07, 2015 8:35 PM

What it’s really like to work
for Parks and Rec

 

In the latest installment of our anonymous interview series, we spoke with four government workers who help keep our public green spaces
in check.

 

  • City Index

How do greenhouse gas emissions compare in cities around the world?

How do greenhouse gas emissions compare in cities around the world?

On the week of the COP21 climate summit, we ranked 13 urban metropolises with regard to their carbon footprints.

Fighting fear with the skater girls of NYC
  • City

Fighting fear with the skater girls of NYC

Girl Riders Organization looks to empower girls and women through action sports and co-opting typically male-centric public skate parks.

From bar fights to brunch etiquette, what it’s like to be a bouncer in NYC
. Image 1.

What Do You Do November 30, 2015 7:21 PM

From bar fights to brunch etiquette, what it’s like to be a bouncer in NYC

 

In the latest installment of our anonymous interview series, we spoke with three bouncers who check IDs and keep the peace at local city hotspots.