New York


Hanksy Makes a Mural of Donald Trump as Poop

He was inspired to paint the New York piece after realizing “Trump kinda rhymes with dump.”

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

A National Model for Better Streets Is Suddenly at Risk

In challenging the Times Square pedestrian plaza, New York City leaders are showing a profound misunderstanding about the impact of public space.

AP Photo/Rachelle Blidner

New York Picks a Fight With Panhandlers and Puppets

Mayor de Blasio announced a tentative plan to purge Times Square of its “aggressive” costumed characters.

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Charting the New York Subway's Plunging On-Time Rate

A tough (if imperfect) new analysis by the New York State Comptroller raises concerns.

Jason Polan

One Artist's Never-Ending Mission to Draw Every Person in New York

A new book collects 30,000 of Jason Polan’s gestural sketches. He’s got about 8 million to go.

AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

'Transportation Armageddon' Is Coming to the Northeast Rail Corridor

Metro New York is being held hostage by political vanity, and the region’s economic health is at stake.


Almost Half of Americans Are at Risk From Earthquakes

That’s double a U.S. Geological Survey estimate made in 2006.

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

The Murder of Kitty Genovese and the Myth of the Heartless City

The crime could have endured as a tale of urban activism rather than one of apathy.

Chris Whong

Where the New York City Subway Doesn't Go

A map of “transit deserts” shows the plight of the outer boroughs.

AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

Talking to My Son About Street Harassment

Young women experience the problem early on. Young men should learn about it, too.

David Rumsey Map Collection

A New Yorker's Delightfully Stereotypical Map of America

Pretty much nothing exists outside Manhattan.

Flickr/Phil Whitehouse

How Urban Designers Can Get Smaller Cities Walking

A new study identifies two important street features that draw pedestrians—outside of New York City.

NY Governor's Office

Why Flashy Plans for LaGuardia Don't Impress Transit Advocates

If an outdated airport is “un-New York,” according to Governor Andrew Cuomo, then what’s a crumbling subway system?

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Resetting and Reimagining New York City's Economy

The city came roaring back after the recession, but its divides also deepened.

Kevin Case / Flickr

3 Traits Shared by New York's Most Walkable Streets

Can you say, street-level windows?

Wally Gobetz / Flickr

The Keys to Designing Cities With Fewer Traffic Fatalities

Reduce urban sprawl, for one thing.

The World’s Leading Startup Cities

Challengers to Silicon Valley include New York, L.A., Boston, Tel Aviv, and London.


Mass Transit Doesn't Cause Gentrification

A new study of New York City finds that incomes do go up with subway access, but there are other crucial factors at play.

Courtesy Esther Robinson and Guy Buckles

Forget Tiny Houses—It's Time for Tiny Artist Studios

It may also be the future of affordable creative workspace in big cities.