Matt Coneybeare


Inside the Abandoned IRT City Hall Subway Station

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The IRT (Interborough Rapid Transit) City Hall Station was the very first Subway station in NYC. It opened to great fanfare as it allowed people to get from Lower Manhattan all the way uptown in minutes for the first time.

Over time, the next station on the line — the Brooklyn Bridge station, only 600ft away — became more popular due to it’s several transfer opportunities and longer boarding areas. Eventually the ridership at this station dropped to a mere couple hundred a day, and thus it was closed down and abandoned until 2004.

My Alcohol-Free April 2014

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Cocktail Bar snapsi42 @ flickr

Last year, my spouse and I moved to Manhattan from some suburbs on Long Island. One of the best parts about moving to the city was the ability to ditch our cars and take public transit everywhere. In addition to the daily benefits of commuting around the city without automobiles, we also benefited from having hundreds of bars and restaurants within a short walking distance.

Since moving into the city, we have found that we also like to partake in the local food and drink scene, often dining out multiple times a week. Because the cars are gone, and drinking and driving is no longer an issue, we found ourselves drinking more too. Over time, I began to recognize a pattern in myself that I did not like so much.

Hourly News Updates for iOS and Mac

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Hourly News has just been updated for both the iOS and Mac versions. The updated versions — 1.6.3 on iOS and 1.2.3 on Mac — are available now on the iTunes and Mac App stores. So what’s new?

We added a setting called “Exclude Played Episodes” which, when enabled, skips past a news podcast episode if already heard. This is great for when you have a mixture of weekly or daily updated sources in with your hourly news source.

Boston Bikes — a One-Tap Hubway Bike Share App

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Boston Bikes

I am proud to announce the release of my newest iOS App today, Boston Bikes.

Boston Bikes is a simple and easy-to-use App that helps you locate the closest Hubway℠ docking station. With one tap you can find the closest Hubway station, how far away it is and in which direction, and how many available bikes and docks it currently has.

Boston Bikes is a huge time saver and makes getting around Boston a little bit easier. Available now, for FREE.

Download Boston Bikes today on the iTunes App Store.

My name is Matt Coneybeare, I design and develop for iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch), Mac OS X and the Web out of New York. In 2008 I started a software company called Urban Apps that has made some pretty popular apps such as Ambiance and Hourly News. My current Stack Overflow reputation is about 27k.

I was a Rockstar a decade ago, but then went back to school and collected a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley. Now I am settled down with my beautiful wife Di and our two doggies Hamachi and Foxy. While coding, I walk several miles/day on my Treadmill Desk. When not at my desk, I love exploring New York City as a Yelp Elite, or training for marathons.

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