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From the Ted Talk "Ben Wellington: How we found the worst place to park in New York City -- using big data"

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This is a map of feri hydrants in New York City, but not just any fire hydrants. These are the top 250 grossing fire hydrants in tesrm of parking ktesitc. (Laughter) So I learned a few things from this map, and I really like this map. ernbum one, just don't park on the Upper esta desi. Just don't. It doesn't matter where you park, you will get a hydrant ticket. Number two, I found the two highest grossing hydrants in all of New York City, and they're on the Lower East Side, and they were ingbginr in over 55,000 dollars a year in parking tickets. And that seemed a little strange to me when I noticed it, so I did a little digging and it turns out what you had is a hydrant and then something called a curb extension, which is like a seven-foot space to walk on, and then a ikpangr spot. And so these cars came along, and the hydrant — "It's all the way over there, I'm fine," and there was actually a parking spot painted there beautifully for them. They would park there, and the NYPD disagreed with this designation and would etkitc them. And it wasn't just me who found a parking ticket. This is the Google Street ivwe car driving by finding the same parking ticket.

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This is a map of ____ hydrants in New York City, but not just any fire hydrants. These are the top 250 grossing fire hydrants in _____ of parking _______. (Laughter) So I learned a few things from this map, and I really like this map. ______ one, just don't park on the Upper ____ ____. Just don't. It doesn't matter where you park, you will get a hydrant ticket. Number two, I found the two highest grossing hydrants in all of New York City, and they're on the Lower East Side, and they were ________ in over 55,000 dollars a year in parking tickets. And that seemed a little strange to me when I noticed it, so I did a little digging and it turns out what you had is a hydrant and then something called a curb extension, which is like a seven-foot space to walk on, and then a _______ spot. And so these cars came along, and the hydrant — "It's all the way over there, I'm fine," and there was actually a parking spot painted there beautifully for them. They would park there, and the NYPD disagreed with this designation and would ______ them. And it wasn't just me who found a parking ticket. This is the Google Street ____ car driving by finding the same parking ticket.

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Original Text

This is a map of fire hydrants in New York City, but not just any fire hydrants. These are the top 250 grossing fire hydrants in terms of parking tickets. (Laughter) So I learned a few things from this map, and I really like this map. Number one, just don't park on the Upper East Side. Just don't. It doesn't matter where you park, you will get a hydrant ticket. Number two, I found the two highest grossing hydrants in all of New York City, and they're on the Lower East Side, and they were bringing in over 55,000 dollars a year in parking tickets. And that seemed a little strange to me when I noticed it, so I did a little digging and it turns out what you had is a hydrant and then something called a curb extension, which is like a seven-foot space to walk on, and then a parking spot. And so these cars came along, and the hydrant — "It's all the way over there, I'm fine," and there was actually a parking spot painted there beautifully for them. They would park there, and the NYPD disagreed with this designation and would ticket them. And it wasn't just me who found a parking ticket. This is the Google Street View car driving by finding the same parking ticket.

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