New York

10 Gorgeous, Nostalgic Photos of New York's Old Penn Station

Fifty years after its destruction, the iconic building is gone but not forgotten.

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The Plight of New York's Hidden Homeless: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

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How Hurricane Sandy Displaced Everyone It Touched

While the storm only forced some of us from our homes, it cost us all a way of life.

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The NYPD Finally Bested Banksy

On day 23 of his month-long graffiti spree, the heat finally convinced Banksy to stay home. 

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Exploring the Hilarious Noise Complaints of 1930s New York

The irritating sounds of Manhattan's Jazz Age included yelping newsboys, river dredgers, a marching band of orphans, and a fog siren.

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The Grim Math of the Working-Class Housing Crisis

What happens when skyrocketing rents meet stagnating wages among low-income workers? U.S. cities are finding out.

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Bloomberg's Education Plan Is Working: Don't Ditch It

Since the mayor took office, high-school graduation rates are up. There are more quality schools. Money is distributed more equitably.

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Will the U.S. Ever Get High-Speed Rail Anywhere?

California is on its way, and the Midwest, the Northeast Corridor, and Texas all have plans of their own.

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New York's Looming Food Disaster

Hurricane Sandy exposed striking vulnerabilities in the city's supply chains.

The Strange Floating Garbage Piles of Artist Masakatsu Sashie

If Magneto decided to attend art school, here's what he might produce: Huge levitating balls of rusty trash and city infrastructure.

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Why Rebuilding After Disasters Is Largely a Legal Challenge

Without addressing the complexities of local law, even the most resilient designs risk lingering on computer screens and drawing boards without implementation.

Mapping 22 Different Latino Populations Across the U.S.A.

New maps show the geographic differences among Mexican, Salvadorean, Cuban, and other ethnic populations.

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The Agonizing Wait for the Train, Charted

A smart new visualization of what it really means to wait for the subway.

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New York's 1964 World's Fair Was Actually Something of a Failure

Never officially certified, the Fair ended up as a tribute to American corporations more than its official theme of "peace through understanding." It was still pretty cool.

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The Politics of Fear Surfaces in New York Mayor's Race

Joe Lhota's "white woman clutching a subway pole with a black man in the background" moment.

Watch Manhattan Grow Over a Century Like a Massive Pile of LEGOs

A computer-generated visualization shows the island sprouting buildings that eventually clump together in one great clot of concrete.

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New York Could Get a Classroom Inside a Dumpster

The proposed learning center looks like a blimp got stuck in a rubbish bin.

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What We Can Do About Kids Killed by Cars

In the 1970s, the Dutch launched an effort to "stop the child murder" by drivers. Could the U.S. do the same?

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How Old Media Helped Spur New York's Tech Boom

The city's tech and information sector has been pulling away from the rest of the country since 2009.