If you check the MTA website before heading home from work, it probably hasn’t been too long since your line last had delays due to “ongoing signal problems.” The only thing less surprising than the fact that your commute will take twice as long is why the commute will take twice as long: those pesky signals. For all intents and purposes, the subway uses the same signaling system that was installed when the first subway line opened in 1904.
The Bedford-Union Armory, at first glance, doesn’t look like much of a battleground. You amble off Eastern Parkway, wide and tree-lined, and approach a grim structure of faded brick two blocks south on Bedford Avenue, its curved roof looming like the top of a zeppelin long ago crashed to earth. No one’s inside. You could be forgiven for wondering what the big deal is. But this is New York, and vacant real estate will inevitably lead to bad blood.
I must confess an immediate fondness for the Flea’s brand-new home at 20 Thomas Street. Its downstairs 44-seater, the cozy “Siggy” (named in honor of founder Sigourney Weaver), brings a rush of warm fuzzies. I quiver thinking about entering the Flea’s two other spaces. Don’t misunderstand; I’m not going to marry the black box, although becoming infatuated with a room, a chair, or a prop — that’s totally OK.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".