This legendary Polish liquor will leave germs (and you) woozy

Move over, Purell: The hottest hand sanitizer on the New York City market is a Polish liquor called Spirytus Rektyfikowany. At 96% alcohol by volume,...
Michael Waters • April 24, 2020

Trouble nabbing that grocery delivery slot? A bot may be the culprit

Think back to your last normal visit to a grocery store. And how you shot the guy who cut in front of you in...
Nick DeSantis • April 23, 2020

Cities are turning to vertical farms to keep their supply chains upright

If the last few weeks are any indication, an algorithm may soon be growing your green beans. As urban grocery stores struggle to stock enough...
Michael Waters • April 23, 2020

Wanna know how life in isolation has changed us? Look at the electricity data

If quarantine life has your schedule so mixed up that every day feels like Thursturday and the month of Maypril never ends, you probably...
Nick DeSantis • April 23, 2020

We’re in the midst of a great Nintendo Switch shortage

Sales of video-game hardware are surging, and the Nintendo Switch is grabbing the high score: An analyst said Tuesday that Switch sales in March...
Nick DeSantis • April 22, 2020

Meet the guy who’ll measure your Bronx cheers at the NFL’s quarantine draft

Roger Goodell can run, but he cannot hide. One of the most reliably funny moments at the annual NFL draft happens like clockwork in the...
Nick DeSantis • April 22, 2020

The art world is curating a survival plan

Pony up $2,500, and the MoMA will sell you a prized possession: A 1st edition of the photography book William Eggleston’s Guide. To raise...
The Hustle • April 22, 2020

Retail is hurting, but resale looks haute these days

Times are tough for retail. Sales across all categories plunged a record-setting 8.7% last month. Clothing and accessories took the hardest hit, falling 50.5%. So...
Caroline Dohack • April 22, 2020

Shake Shack sends its coronavirus relief loan back to the kitchen

Last week, we learned that a big burger chain and a meaty brand of steakhouses had nabbed some of the government’s coronavirus relief money...
Nick DeSantis • April 21, 2020

Movie theaters have a post-quarantine message: Take us back?

You probably haven’t seen a positive movie-theater headline since the implosion of MoviePass. But here’s one: Stock prices for Cinemark, AMC, and IMAX have...
Michael Waters • April 21, 2020

Buzzing wristbands, 1-way lanes, temperature checks: What will returning to work look like?

For some of us, putting on hard pants (or, let’s face it, any pants) to go to work feels like a throwback to the...
Nick DeSantis • April 20, 2020

This rent-a-minor-celeb app is blowing up

Photo via Cameo For the rich and mildly famous, quarantine is fueling a new gig economy. B-, C-, and D-listers everywhere are flocking to Cameo,...
Michael Waters • April 20, 2020

Fintech firms are angling to help you with your stimulus check

Stop us if you’ve heard this before: The rollout of a major piece of the government’s big coronavirus relief package is off to a...
Nick DeSantis • April 17, 2020

No one is screaming for ice cream trucks, but they’re rolling up anyway

Picture this: Outside your window, aside from a few joggers, there’s stillness. Then, suddenly, you hear it: The jingle of an ice cream truck. Twitter...
Michael Waters • April 17, 2020

Zoom backgrounds are SO 3 weeks ago. Zoom deepfakes could be the next big thing

Let’s be real: You can only put the Tiger King in your Zoom background so many times before the joke gets old. But what if...
Nick DeSantis • April 17, 2020

Bumble to the rescue: private-sector help for businesses waiting on relief

At this point, the government’s coronavirus relief loans for small businesses are even harder to snag than an online grocery delivery slot. (No, hitting...
Nick DeSantis • April 16, 2020

Fans of this struggling skateboarding startup are running the show now

Photo: Quiet Hut / Flickr Cult-favorite brands, take comfort: An economic shortfall might kill your company, but it’s got nothing on your customers.   Take it...
Michael Waters • April 16, 2020

Bibles, workbooks, and ‘The Plague’: Meet the pandemic’s bestselling books

The hottest book in town right now is the Holy Bible. Over the last month, Tyndale House Publishers — one of several companies that...
Michael Waters • April 16, 2020

There’s big money in ‘immunity passports,’ but the idea is complicated

A software company that’s grabbing headlines for its work on “immunity passports,” which could help open up locked-down economies worldwide, announced yesterday that it...
Nick DeSantis • April 16, 2020

A major moment for digital mental health services

We’re stress-baking and stress-eating. People are calling an unnerving recipe video of a strawberry pie a work of art. Doomscrolling has entered the lexicon...
Nick DeSantis • April 15, 2020

Faster than a speeding supercomputer: Volunteers amp up a disease-fighting project

Hitting the PlayStation 3 seems like it would be the peak of any app developer’s career. That’s precisely what happened with Stanford University’s [email protected] back...
Nick DeSantis • April 15, 2020

Pet owners find new ways to connect with vets, trainers, and each other

Here’s a bit of good news: Pet shelters across the country are reporting huge increases in animal adoptions. Seems everyone wants a Good Boy...
Caroline Dohack • April 15, 2020

Everyone’s buzzing about virtual haircuts

Last month, Greg Isenberg was a tech entrepreneur who sold a messaging app to WeWork. Then, on April 5, he launched You Probably Need...
Michael Waters • April 15, 2020

The pandemic makes room on the roads for a record-breaking Cannonball run

The goal of the stunt is simple: Fire up your engine at the Red Ball Garage in midtown Manhattan and burn rubber to the...
Nick DeSantis • April 14, 2020

Get dumped? The coronavirus creates a tale of 2 trash heaps

We salute the essential workers who are collecting our garbage. They have a very tough job, but there’s at least some good news: In...
Caroline Dohack • April 14, 2020

3 ways businesses weathered the Great Recession

Be ruthless about your spending — and your debt. Find new partners. And when the market leads you to something new, follow it. Those are...
Nick DeSantis • April 14, 2020

On Animal Crossing, the economy never stopped

Photo: Torley Olmstead/Flickr The new public square is an anthropomorphic animal village called Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The Nintendo Switch game, which rolled out its …
Michael Waters • April 14, 2020

These social media sites will quench your quarantine thirst

Life in quarantine means the singles crowd is facing down a cataclysmic sexual drought. But for the horny and socially isolated, there’s a way to...
Michael Waters • April 13, 2020

For anyone who’s house hunting, things have gotten weird

Don’t move. That’s what the entire world is telling us right now. But what if you have to, y’know, move? How in the name of...
Nick DeSantis • April 13, 2020

5 things to know about the Apple-Google collab on contact tracing

Two of the world’s biggest tech giants are going big on contact tracing. On Friday, Apple and Google announced that they’re teaming up on an...
Nick DeSantis • April 13, 2020

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