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Today, New York City May Raise the Age to Buy Cigarettes to 21

The last gasps of Bloomberg's nanny state?

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Dear City, Here's Why I Hate You

An online project collects people's complaints about their burg in more than 80 locations.

The New York City Subway Operators' Photography Club

The MTA's own operators are some of the system's most talented, and most prolific, chroniclers.

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The Absurdity of Apartment Ads, Now Brought to Your Grocery List!

★★SPECTACULAR★★ BROWNSTONE CANDY BAR!!! EASILY CONVERTS INTO 12 BARS!!!

5 Bold Ideas for Reinventing the Coastline After Hurricane Sandy

Rebuild by Design's innovative solutions for a future when rising sea levels reconfigure the East Coast beyond recognition.

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For $20, Uber Will Bring You a Live Kitten and Let You Pet It for 15 Minutes

Disturbing concept, or most brilliant marketing ploy ever? 

The U.S. Cities Where the Fewest Commuters Get to Work By Car

And where bike commuting has been growing the fastest.

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Potential Home Buyers Are Legitimately Freaked Out About New Flood Insurance Rules

Should we be worried about the real estate market, or is this a necessary climate change-related course correction?

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One Year After Sandy, Breezy Point Rebuilds

But flood insurance hikes may make this quiet beach-side neighborhood unaffordable for many residents.

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.