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Free Stories to Help You Get Through Your Commute

Subway Reads connects riders with 200 short stories and book excerpts, tailored to the length of their trip.

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A Tale of Two Cities' Language Requirements for Drivers

Why is New York scrapping its language test for cab drivers at the same time London is planning to enact a similar one?

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Mid-Century Harlem, in Text and Images

An exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago highlights collaborations between Ralph Ellison and Gordon Parks.

New York Restoration Project

A Community Garden Became an Alternative to Juvenile Detention

A small green space in Queens helps court-involved youths turn their lives around.

Move Matter

Imagining an Affordable Live/Work Space for Foodies

The Institute for Public Architecture challenged architects to envision hybrid spaces that promote density, but not displacement.

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Mapping Jewish Culture Through 200 Years of Cookbooks

A new exhibition looks to recipes to highlight shifting traditions.

Jessica Lehrman

Documenting Scenes of Modern Revolution

Jessica Lehrman’s photographs capture the strength of protests, from Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter.


To Court a Skeptical Public, New York Sends Wi-Fi Ambassadors

As LinkNYC rolls out through the city, guides take to the streets to demonstrate how to use the free network.

Anna Bean

Will New York City Flunk on School Discipline Reform?

Mayor de Blasio’s proposed “ban” on kindergarten suspensions may not be a ban at all.

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Bratton’s Controversial Policing Record on NYC's 'Crises of Race'

The NYPD commissioner’s “quality of life” and anti-gang enforcement agendas disproportionately hurt black and Latino New Yorkers.

Henrik Moltke

Watch the Empire State Building Get Zapped by Lightning

Here’s something you don’t often see in New York.

Susannah Ray

Photographing the Rockaways' Surfers Before Hurricane Sandy

Susannah Ray’s series documents a culture permanently altered by the 2012 storm.

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Holding Down the Hot Dog Cart Amid New York's Street Food Wars

Faced with the threat of tickets and confiscated goods, vendors struggle to find legitimacy and make ends meet.

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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.

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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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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.