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Mapping Where LGBT History Unfolded in New York

A new preservation project will document around 1,000 sites throughout the five boroughs.

The Lost Arcade

When Video Game Arcades Were Community Centers

A new documentary explores the relationships built—and rebooted—in urban arcades.

Eric Thayer / Reuters

Can Training Programs Help Improve Police-Community Relations?

Lawyers and activists are educating residents in cities across the country on encounters with law enforcement.

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Illustration by Amelia Opdyke Jones, New York Transit Museum Collection

How Transit Shaped Coney Island

A century of mass transportation transformed the beach attraction from a rich-man’s playground to a more universal park.

Heather Wolf

Photographing Brooklyn's Birds

A new book, Birding at the Bridge, compiles pictures of the borough’s winged residents.

Timothy Schenck

How Governors Island Became New York's Best New Public Space

An interview with Leslie Koch, who has overseen the island’s transformation from a military base into a local attraction.


A Park Beneath New York City's Sidewalks

The city has given a green light to the subterranean Lowline in a former trolley tunnel.

Lucas Jackson/Reuters

The Northeast Officially Has America's Angriest Drivers

The region’s motorists are more prone to screaming, honking, and throwing out rude gestures, according to a new survey.

Eillie Anzilotti/CityLab

A Local Grocery Store Unchanged Since 1939

John Cortese, 92, has been working at Golden Gate Fancy Fruits & Vegetables in Brooklyn since he was 14 years old.

David Hill

Why Bartenders and Firefighters Are Practicing Yoga at Work

A handful of programs aim to bring mind-body awareness to grueling urban jobs.

New-York Historical Society

A 1940s Poet and New York's Mayor Once Rhymed About Street-Sign Typography

When Fiorello La Guardia received a complaint about legibility in the form of a poem, he responded in kind.

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Home Sweet Home for LGBT Seniors

Elderly LGBT individuals often have trouble finding affordable housing. Two new buildings in New York City could change that.

Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Bill Cunningham Made Me Feel Like a New Yorker

Once he took my picture, it was easier to visualize myself fitting in.

Associated Press/NeighborhoodX

What If New York's Places Were Renamed After Celebrities?

How much fun would it be to have a Denzel Washington Heights, a Linkin Park Slope, and The Street Formerly Known as Prince?

AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

Turning Subway Rides Into Performance Art

A series at the New York Transit Museum invites artists to make work inspired by the city’s trains and buses.

Eillie Anzilotti/CityLab

How New York Is Easing Access to Menstrual Hygiene Products

The city is the first to pass legislation mandating free tampons and pads in public schools, homeless shelters, and prisons.

© Luke Ratray Photography

20 Beautiful, Bizarre Years at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Luke Ratray has photographed the Brooklyn event since 1996.

Dot to Dot NYC by Narae Kim, published by powerHouse Books.

A Sketch-by-Numbers Coloring Book for Urbanists

Paint the town red—or any other color you want.