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New things to do in New York City (since 2018)

I'm visiting New York City from Australia for the first time since late 2018 and am looking for new things to do. I've spent plenty of time there in the past (7+ months), so I'm specifically looking for stuff that has opened in the last few years (I realise covid will have impacted this) and am not too interested in the standard tourist things that have been around forever.
posted by jedro to Travel & Transportation at 9:23 PM on May 21, 2022 - 8 answers [9 favorites (7 in the past 24 hours)]

Scar-y

Looking for quotes about how scars, nicks, dents, scratches are a good thing, sign of experience... [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri to Media & Arts at 11:48 AM on May 22, 2022 - 24 answers [7 favorites]

What happened to the squatters?

From at least the 90s to mid-2000s (but I think going back significantly earlier as well), there was a scene in the US of squatters/anarchists/punks in most major cities. Freighthopping and hitchhiking was popular, people made zines, that sort of thing. This scene doesn't seem to exist anymore — what happened to it?
posted by wesleyac to Society & Culture at 8:39 PM on May 22, 2022 - 12 answers [7 favorites]

How to respond to anxiety over general AI

My partner recently shared that he’s scared of general AI arriving in 15-20 years and the consequences killing literally every last human on the face of the planet. He has been a reader of rationalist blogs for ages - while that makes this thought not-improbable, I didn’t know that he took this particular concern of the community so seriously as to feel an internal anxiety over it. My heart hurts - he said he was afraid to tell me because he worried I might think it was weird. He is an incredible partner and I am distressed as to how best to support him, not least because I do not think highly of the rationalist community (which he knows, and which has been a source of confusion and tension for our relationship). [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 9:57 PM on May 21, 2022 - 25 answers [5 favorites]

How to document and share local walking routes?

I live close to an area (in the U.K.) where some friends will be staying this summer. I’d like to walk around the area now and document some great little walking routes for my friends so that they can have the best experience when they’re here. This would include photos of landmarks along the routes and some kind of map so that they don’t take a wrong-turn. Any ideas how to do this? [more inside]
posted by d288478 to Travel & Transportation at 4:55 AM on May 23, 2022 - 9 answers [5 favorites]

Album recommendations for summer playlist.

During the summer, I spend a lot of time in the woods by a river. We have a campsite there and it is a private, very peaceful spot. I am seeking folk/indie/jazz/acoustic/singer-songwriter/soft rock/old country full album recommendations to add to a long playlist to accompany our lazy days sitting by the river. [more inside]
posted by fourpotatoes to Media & Arts at 7:37 AM on May 21, 2022 - 22 answers [12 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

How are you handling monkeypox anxiety?

That’s it, that’s my question. TIA.
posted by cotton dress sock to Human Relations at 6:08 PM on May 22, 2022 - 25 answers [4 favorites]

Parenting a difficult young adult, at the end of my rope

Are there friendly, welcoming, supportive, useful online resources/groups for parents of young adults who have mental health challenges? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 2:37 AM on May 23, 2022 - 18 answers [4 favorites]

Unsearchable eczema query

Is it possible that the eczema flare I am recovering from was caused by unfiltered honey? Because honey is touted as a treatment for eczema I am finding this impossible to search for. Help me narrow down possible triggers for the future. [more inside]
posted by Mizu to Health at 4:32 PM on May 22, 2022 - 6 answers [3 favorites]

Can this potato salad be improved?

THIS is BBQ legend Rodney Scott's recipe for Southern potato salad, and it's pretty much everything I want a potato salad to be. I'll sub part of the sweet pickle relish for dill pickle, add finely diced mini bell peppers, and a wee bit of celery seed. Besides bacon (because a lot of people don't eat pork), how would you make this salad even more delicious? Thanks!
posted by cyndigo to Food & Drink at 4:35 PM on May 16, 2022 - 31 answers [22 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

Are there more true statements or false statements?

My 11yo son asked me this at bedtime. Are there more true statements, or false statements? At first I assumed that there were more false statements, because while there's only one correct answer for, say, 1+1=?, there are infinite wrong answers. But then we realized that if you change = to ≠ then it evens out. Is this answerable?
posted by rouftop to Science & Nature at 11:01 AM on May 21, 2022 - 37 answers [9 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

Can I just ... cook for my cats?

I have two kittens, almost one year old. They are brother and sister. I am officially their servant, hence this question. We have gone through so many cat foods and types over the past 12 months (kitten friendly)--raw, kibble, fancy, crappy, organic, subscription-based, etc etc. They will like something for 3 or so weeks, and then suddenly it's the grossest thing they've ever seen in their tiny kitten lives and they will flounce out of the kitchen when served, tossing a dirty look my way. They have also gone on food strikes (and they win!). [more inside]
posted by namemeansgazelle to Pets & Animals at 7:18 PM on May 21, 2022 - 20 answers [3 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

House co-ownership after breakup

I need some general guidance as to how to handle the situation and which direction to seek professional advice. [more inside]
posted by monologish to Law & Government at 3:01 PM on May 22, 2022 - 21 answers [2 favorites]

I want to be a drummer but I don't want to make any noise

I live on the top storey of a four-floor walkup. I'm thinking about buying an electronic drum kit, but I'm wondering about the thumping of the pedals on the floor. Yes, even on an electronic kit. I know that if I think I'm bombarding my neighbours with thumping on their ceiling every time I sit down, I won't practice. Have you done this? Did you use anything to reduce vibration from the pedals? Or have you lived under someone who played an electronic kit? Could you hear it? [more inside]
posted by happyfrog to Home & Garden at 1:06 AM on May 23, 2022 - 3 answers [2 favorites]

How Can I Grow Old With Less Anger

How Can I Cope with Old Age? [more inside]
posted by SPrintF to Health at 7:03 PM on May 16, 2022 - 14 answers [37 favorites (1 in the past 24 hours)]

Looking for casual tops

I have plenty of t-shirts and work tops. I'm looking for tops to wear when meeting friends, going out to eat, a casual party, etc. when I want something a little more interesting. "Fancier" t-shirts or other tops, not too girly, sleeveless, short sleeve, or 3/4 are all OK. Size 6/8, small/medium, under $75, US-based. Would love some color, prints are fine too. Please presume I've looked at the usual suspects (Loft, Old Navy, Target, Lands End, etc.). Specific brands/websites/style recommendations appreciated.
posted by XtineHutch to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 8:12 AM on May 17, 2022 - 10 answers [31 favorites (1 in the past 24 hours)]

Looking for HTML/css tutorial which shows how to make a nice site

Asking for a friend, though I'll be wanting this sooner than later. We have a solid understanding of basic HTML/css, but have no real idea how to make a nice looking website using them. Looking for resources to help bridge the gap. For example, it'd be really cool to have an explainer where someone builds a nice website from scratch and explains all of the steps/decisions involved...or even just takes an existing website and explains the specifics of what goes into it. [more inside]
posted by wooh to Technology at 3:41 AM on May 15, 2022 - 7 answers [10 favorites (1 in the past 24 hours)]

Can I convert to Judaism without siding against Palestinians?

I am in a period of spiritual questioning, and I am thinking about converting to Judaism. But I believe that Israel often acts unjustly toward Palestinians. Is this a deal-breaker? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Religion & Philosophy at 11:32 AM on May 9, 2022 - 23 answers [4 favorites (1 in the past 24 hours)]

Why does getting a cold cause me to have an unquenchable thirst?

The day or two before I get a cold, I get an unquenchable thirst. I can go through liters of water and still feel completely dehydrated. It is met with a dry mouth, mild sore throat and swollen glands, but no other symptoms. It feels like if I drink enough water, the cold will pass without me getting sick... [more inside]
posted by Toddles to Health at 9:14 PM on May 5, 2022 - 12 answers [1 favorite]

Is Jamaica the Peru of the Caribbean, food-wise, and if so, why?

Jamaica seems to me the one country in the Caribbean with a widely recognized cuisine, just like how Peru is a standout among those in South America. Why? [more inside]
posted by Roy Batty to Food & Drink at 8:43 AM on May 16, 2022 - 15 answers [1 favorite]

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