New York


When Lager Reigned

1880s Manhattan was a beery paradise, according to a teetotaling cartographer.

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The Wisdom of Garbage

Researchers are digging into heaps of discarded food to uncover clues about why we throw so much of it away—and how cities can cut the waste.

Jasmina Tomic

The Surprising Relevance of an All-Night Philosophy Rave

The Brooklyn Public Library teamed up with the French Embassy for a festival that argues that slow, deliberate thinking matters more than ever.

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Support Grows for a City-Wide Bike-Share Expansion in New York

A survey shows locals want more bike sharing and protected lanes, and most city council members are on board, too.


New York's New Weapon in the Battle Against Subway Trash

The city hopes to declutter its 662 miles of track to prevent train-delaying debris fires.

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Why Cities Will Be Protest Hubs in 2017

The author Sarah Jaffe sheds light on why urban areas are hotspots for demonstrations.

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The Gentrification of City-Based Sitcoms

How the future ‘Living Single’ reboot can reclaim the urban narrative ‘Friends’ ran off with.

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The New York Subway System, According to Instagram

What if the city’s transit stops were renamed according to their most popular hashtags? Next stop: #cronut.


Super Mario Just Moved to NYC

In the video game ‘Super Mario Odyssey,’ he’s ready to leap around the Big Mushroom.


Citi Bike's New Safety Feature: Bike-Shaped Laser Projections

Gleaming icons appear on the pavement well ahead of cyclists, giving them enhanced safety in blind spots.

Ynon Lan

A Flip-Book Tour of New York City

This short film paints an intimate portrait in less than two minutes.

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Paying Rent With Words

Departing from a focus on pure craft, more schools are helping students learn how to turn a profit.

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Why Co-Working Is Moving to the Suburbs

Shared work spaces are popping up far away from urban cores.

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How New York Finally Found Its Place in the Tech Boom

After the initial hype fizzled, “Silicon Alley” thrived by playing to the city’s strengths as a financial powerhouse.

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The Sanitary Nightmare of Hell's Kitchen in 1860s New York

Take a reeking dive into the Manhattan neighborhood’s days as a meat-packing district.


Humans of the Third Avenue El

A short film looks at the personal side of the much-maligned service, the same year it shut down for good.

Breakdancing to 'The Nutcracker' in New York City

A contemporary twist on the classic ballet.

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The World-Class Art of New York's Second Avenue Subway

Vik Muniz, Chuck Close, and others have made the soon-to-be-opened line into something like an underground museum.