Design

The Crazy Logistics of Holiday Deliveries, In One Timelapse

A Tetris-like 24 hours in the delivery bay at a New York UPS Customer Center.

Brazil Says Goodbye to the Kombi—For Now

The world famous VW van has ceased production, though a last-ditch political effort could save it.

The High Cost of Cutting Food Stamps: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

A Mistletoe Drone Just Flew Over San Francisco

Much kissing ensued.

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'I Survived the Bloomberg Administration and All I Got Was This S****y Snow Globe'

A Brooklyn artist says good riddance to Mayor Michael Bloomberg with a fairly unusual art project.

Why So Many of London's Historic Theaters Are in Bad Physical Shape

The ceiling collapse at the Apollo is a sad reminder of the sorry state of West End infrastructure.

Next Economy

The Case for Trash Cans as Art

When there's no other arts funding in sight, there's always the municipal waste budget.

Minneapolis Real Estate Agents Are Highly Amused by the Defacing of their Ads

In a weird Multiplicity-esque project, an artist is changing realtors' bus-stop advertisements to feature his own face.

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How 50 Airbnb Listings Became Adorable Birdhouses

The company commissioned a team of artists to make miniature versions of the homes they rent.

China's Newest Status Symbol: Bodyguards

Louis Vuitton? Lamborghini? So passé. China's wealthiest now use armed security to flaunt their social status.

How Christmas Changes for Americans as They Grow Up

Over 90 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas, but the "How?" and "Why?" of those celebrations aren't quite as clear-cut.

The Littlest Ice Skating Rink in Tokyo Is Very Small Indeed

Attended by skating instructors, the wee rink measures less than 10 feet across.

Watch Someone Drive a Life-Sized LEGO Car

The engine runs on air! 

Start Getting Used to the Idea of Eating Really Different Kinds of Bananas

The fungus that rots the most common banana found in U.S. supermarkets is spreading closer to major plantations.

Someone Stole An Entire Bronze Statue in Tucson

JFK's head was ripped off its granite base, "bolts and all."

This High-Tech Bike Is Actually a Mobile Pollution-Fighting Factory

When you pedal it, the Bangkok Air-Purifier Bike supposedly removes nasty stuff from the atmosphere.

Someone Cycled a London Boris Bike Up the Tour de France's Toughest Peak

And brought it back to London before his one-day rental ran out.

Photos

This Japanese Holiday Light Show Is a Wonder to Behold

The LED-dripping Mount Fuji is almost as spectacular as the real mountain.

CityFixer

A Before-and-After Guide to Safer Streets

Five image pairs — and simple rules — courtesy of New York City.