New York’s Electric Taxis in 1895

From Great Big Story. Electric cars may seem like a contemporary, eco-friendly concept, but did you know they made a brief appearance in 19th-century New York City? Back in 1895, hundreds of electric taxis called “Electrobats” cruised the streets of Midtown Manhattan. They had a charging station on Broadway and, unlike other vehicles, didn’t leave…

Turning Basketball Courts Into Works of Art

From Great Big Story. When basketball courts end up with cracks, dips and divots, Dan Peterson and company step in. With the help of artists and community volunteers, Project Backboard resurfaces public courts and turns them into fly, large-scale pieces of art. The organization has brought new life and sleek aesthetics to over two dozen…

Where Dads Learn to be Dads

From Great Big Story. How should men prepare for fatherhood? One organization seems to have the answers. Welcome to Boot Camp for New Dads, where men learn how to own their new role as fathers. Here, soon-to-be dads get a crash course in everything from changing diapers to feeding and burping. Veteran dads serve as…