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The Ultimate Party for Literary Nerds

Across the U.S. and Canada, rallies are celebrating independent booksellers.

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Playgrounds for All

The success of “joint use” programs in San Francisco and New York shows the benefits of opening schoolyards up to the local community.

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At Home Among the Stacks

How seeking out used bookstores helped me find my way through unfamiliar cities.

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Do Local Governments Have a Role to Play in Mental Health?

In the face of growing awareness and need, New York has developed comprehensive programs focused on prevention and treatment.

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An Urban Food Forest Takes to the Waterways

How a floating farm aims to make free, fresh produce available to all.

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California Rises to 111 Degrees Warmer Than the Northeast

The West has broiled with incredible heat, while the East Coast looks forward to more snow.

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A Mobile Guide to the Nearest Recycling Bin

Drop-off locations are tougher to find than they should be, but this app wants to change that.

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Do Baseball Stadiums Need Trendy Food?

A rally cry for hot dogs as ballparks reach toward ever-loftier eats.

Joey O'Loughlin

What Urban Hunger Looks Like Now

In her work, the photographer Joey O’Loughlin captures the diverse reality of New York’s food pantry lines.

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Narrating Brooklyn Through Oral Histories

The Our Streets, Our Stories project collects narratives and ephemera to preserve memories of a changing borough.

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New York Is Getting Fancy New Buses, Because Millennials

But the city’s bid for new, young riders might miss the mark.

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See How the 2nd Avenue Subway Will Help Your Commute

The Citymapper app’s new “future” tool offers New Yorkers a peek at what they’ve been missing these last hundred years.

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Turning Public Restrooms Into Safe Spaces for Transgender New Yorkers

A new mandate about single-sex restrooms has raised the bar for what cities can do to engineer inclusivity.

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A Photographic Ode to the New York Pizzeria

The New York Pizza Project documents the heart and soul of the tiny, fast-paced restaurants that fuel the city.

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9/11 First Responders Are Finally Receiving Due Compensation

The Victim Compensation Fund rolled out initial payments on Tuesday, with more scheduled in the coming months.

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The Art of Urban Loneliness

In The Lonely City, Olivia Laing investigates her own experiences of isolation through the lens of visual art.

David Liittschwager

1 Cubic Foot of Central Park Is Visited by All This Wildlife

Monitor a tiny “biocube” for a day in New York, and these are the creatures you might see mosey on through.

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Can Co-Ops Help the Rockaways Recover?

An isolated part of New York City is still rebuilding its economy after Sandy.