New York

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The Slow, Agonizing Death of the MetroCard

New York's long-heralded swipe-free subway payment system may not arrive until 2022.

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Mapping the Most Poop-Filled Waterways in New York

Here's where you really don't want to swim in the Big Apple.

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Mohammed Is the Most Common New York Taxi Driver Name

A data scientist ranks the city's top 20 names for cabbies.

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How the War Against Polystyrene Foam Containers Is Being Won

The passage of New York City's new rule suggests resistance to single-use foam container bans is waning.

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The NYPD's Biggest Problem Might Actually Be an Overreliance on Numbers

A recent survey of retired New York City police officers suggests the department's culture has shifted toward data manipulation.

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Finding the Stories of NYC's Unclaimed Dead

An interactive project is building a community around the thousands buried in the city's inaccessible Hart Island cemetery.

Danny Lyon

New York Subway Platform Vending Machines, a History

From chewing gum to tampons.

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How I Became an Urban Monster in Just 10 Minutes

A car is often—even usually—the wrong tool for the job in a dense urban setting. And using the wrong tool makes you frustrated and impatient.

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Two Architects of Broken Windows Policing Go On the Defensive

William Bratton and George Kelling say the critics just don't understand.

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The NYC Police Union Has a Long History of Bullying City Hall

The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association have attacked and often slandered every recent mayor, even those who prided themselves on being crime fighters.

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The Biggest Transportation Breakthroughs of 2014

From driverless cars to safety initiatives, it was quite a year for advancements in mobility.

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The Cops vs. the Mayor: Bill de Blasio's Big Headache

Can the liberal NYC mayor mend fences with increasingly hostile police leadership just as he needs the force to handle protests against bad policing?

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When Gentrification Meant Driving the Hogs Out of Manhattan

In 19th-century New York, urban livestock were perceived as a threat to the image and future of the nation's largest city.

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Uber's Sydney Debacle Is Yet More Reason for Cities to Regulate It

In challenging local regulations, the ride service has gone too far in undermining public safety.

Sarah Goodyear

In Miami, a Street Artist Dies at the Hands of Police

During Art Basel, a tagger called Demz was run down by police protecting street-art fans from street artists. His death has more than one connection to Eric Garner's.

Songquan Deng

Not-So-Bright Lights, Big City

A New York City Council member wants the lights off at night in 40,000 commercial buildings to save the environment. Would this dim the city's iconic skyline?

Marble Fairbanks Architects with James Lima Planning + Development, Leah Meisterlin, and Special Project Office

5 Design Concepts for New York's Branch Library of the Future

From 24-hour, ATM-style vestibules to library cards that double as subway fares.

New York City Department of Records

Life Inside the Drunk, Rowdy World of New Amsterdam

A collection of newly digitized ordinances from the 17th-century settlement that would become New York City reveals a riotous city full of crime, trash, and “insolent practices with sad accidents of bodily injury.”

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When Cops Violate Civil Rights, It's City Taxpayers Who Pay

Of $735 million in damages collected between 2006 and 2011, officers paid less than .02 percent.