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The Cops vs. the Mayor: Bill de Blasio's Big Headache

Can the liberal NYC mayor mend fences with increasingly hostile police leadership just as he needs the force to handle protests against bad policing?

Courtesy of Catherine McNeur

When Gentrification Meant Driving the Hogs Out of Manhattan

In 19th-century New York, urban livestock were perceived as a threat to the image and future of the nation's largest city.

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Uber's Sydney Debacle Is Yet More Reason for Cities to Regulate It

In challenging local regulations, the ride service has gone too far in undermining public safety.

Sarah Goodyear

In Miami, a Street Artist Dies at the Hands of Police

During Art Basel, a tagger called Demz was run down by police protecting street-art fans from street artists. His death has more than one connection to Eric Garner's.

Songquan Deng

Not-So-Bright Lights, Big City

A New York City Council member wants the lights off at night in 40,000 commercial buildings to save the environment. Would this dim the city's iconic skyline?

Marble Fairbanks Architects with James Lima Planning + Development, Leah Meisterlin, and Special Project Office

5 Design Concepts for New York's Branch Library of the Future

From 24-hour, ATM-style vestibules to library cards that double as subway fares.

New York City Department of Records

Life Inside the Drunk, Rowdy World of New Amsterdam

A collection of newly digitized ordinances from the 17th-century settlement that would become New York City reveals a riotous city full of crime, trash, and “insolent practices with sad accidents of bodily injury.”

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When Cops Violate Civil Rights, It's City Taxpayers Who Pay

Of $735 million in damages collected between 2006 and 2011, officers paid less than .02 percent.

Aaron Reiss

No Cell Phones at School? Better See the Cell Phone Storage Man

A small but thriving industry has cropped up around New York City high schools that forbid students from having phones on campus.

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Why More Northeast U.S. Travelers Take the Train Instead of a Plane, in 2 Charts

In-vehicle travel time is more productive and less stressful travel time.

Predict Your Own Thanksgiving-Snowstorm Travel Misery

The National Weather Service has an experimental new tool that shows the weather hazards along your journey, including predicted snow accumulations.

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How Super-Small, European-Style Delivery Vehicles Could Make U.S. Streets Safer

A growing class of cargo vans enables smarter intersection design.

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The Swedish Approach to Road Safety: 'The Accident Is Not the Major Problem'

Sweden's top traffic safety strategist visits New York to share lessons from the original "Vision Zero."

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What Comes After 'Broken Windows'

"This is a good moment to re-evaluate ... now that the windows are no longer broken."

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Chicago Has More 'Avenues,' While San Francisco Prefers 'Terraces'

An analysis of roadway suffixes in six major U.S. cities reveals differences rooted in history.

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Why There Will Always Be Room on the Road for Skilled Taxi Drivers

GPS and e-hailing apps like Uber don't have mean the end of professional cabbies.

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Why Traffic Jams in Big Cities Are a Problem for Small Towns, Too

Congestion in major metro areas leads to freight backups across the country.

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Car Emissions vs. Car Crashes: Which One's Deadlier?

The answer actually surprised us.

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New York's Rat Population Is Far Smaller Than You Might Guess

The latest tally of the city's rat horde dispels the myth that the city is home to "one rat per person."