New York

Stop Releasing Your Balloons Into the Sky

Birds and turtles eat them and die.

Seattle to Law-Abiding Drivers: Here's a Gift Card

As part of its Vision Zero plan, the city is rewarding everyday acts of safety.

How to Get Your Bearings When Exiting a Subway Station

Three wayfinding cures for that sense of disorientation at the top of the stairs.

Reviving the Dead Spaces Under Elevated Structures

A new report from the Design Trust for Public Space outlines how.

A Help-the-Homeless App That Isn't Just Lazy 'Clicktivism'

The creators of WeShelter “don’t want people to stop at tapping the button.”

New York's War on Salt

The de Blasio administration has proposed a warning label on high-sodium menu items.

Where Your Old Electronics Go to Die (or Maybe Even Live Again)

Welcome to the Brooklyn e-waste warehouse of the Lower East Side Ecology Center.

It's Shockingly Common for New Yorkers to Blow Through Red Lights

A new study finds that one in 10 drivers do it.

The Jersey Shore Sees the Return of the Blob

Everyone’s favorite algal bloom slimes it up in the Atlantic.

How Municipal ID Cards Make Cities More Inclusive

They’re sensitive to gender identity as well as immigration status.

Watch 210 Years of Manhattan Densification in 2 Minutes

This visualization shows density peak in 1910, slip in the 20th century, then creep upward after 1980.

A Manhattan Park Turns Into a Surreal Jungle of Mirrors

It’s like time stopped during a carnival-funhouse explosion.

The Ultimate Map of New York's Mean Streets

A new visualization, based on NYPD numbers, shows just how hazardous the city is for pedestrians.

Tattooed New Yorkers Report All Kinds of Nasty Skin Conditions

Researchers say going under the needle can sometimes mean rashes that last for months.

Call Out Poorly Parked Cars With the App 'TowIt'

One developer’s weapon against lousy drivers and vans blocking the bike lane.

Mapping the New York That Once Was

An addictive new interactive project marries a vast array of archival photos with a detailed map of the city.

Why It Won't Do Any Good to Add Seatbelts on Trains

In some cases they might add to the death toll of a crash.

Mapping New York's Irrepressible Gay Nightlife

The interactive project OUTgoing aims to map the history of New York City’s queer bars.

This New York Woman Has 620 Roommates

They’re tiny turtles, confiscated in a warehouse raid.