New York

How Density Makes Us Safer During Natural Disasters

After Hurricane Sandy, tight neighborhoods and centralized infrastructure recovered more quickly than spread-out areas.

The Ages of 1 Million New York Buildings, Mapped in Explosive Color

This could be the most detailed open-data map of urban gerontology in existence.

Even After 5 Kids Were Mowed Down on a New York Sidewalk, Nothing Much Changes

It happened last week in the Maspeth neighborhood of Queens.

Nap App Means You'll Never Miss Your Subway Stop Again

Sleep away, straphangers.

Book Lovers Will Adore These Neat New Maps

Two ways to chart the connection between reading and place.

The Case Against Rebuilding the Coastline After Superstorm Sandy

We should be retreating from the shore, not developing structures that will only flood again.

Why Teaching a Homeless Man to Code Isn't That Bad a Place to Start

We may all have been a little too hard on Patrick McConlogue.

You Have to See This BMX Pro Do Sweet Tricks on a Citi Bike

Tyrone Williams makes bike-sharing look cool. 

A Block-by-Block Map of Brooklyn, in Garbage

No, Jennifer Maravillas is not crazy. But she does walk the streets picking up interesting pieces of trash.

When Manhattan Was Mostly Hills and Shrubbery

In the 1830s, there was plenty of green space to go around in New York (and snakes).

Bill de Blasio Feels Your Pain

The secret to the Democratic mayoral frontrunner's success is all about the current emotional state of New Yorkers.

Manhattan Has a Gas Station That's Also an Art Gallery

For its inaugural exhibit, the Getty station in Chelsea will be filled with metal sheep.

Watch One World Trade Center Grow From 0 to 1,776 Feet in 2 Minutes

A timelapse video shows Manhattan's tallest building emerge.

The Quest for the Best Designs For a Post-Sandy World

Follow along as The Atlantic Cities reports on the results of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force's Rebuild By Design project.

The Real Reason the Poor Go Without Bank Accounts

Check cashing services get a bad rap. But in reality, they offer services and intimacy few banks can match.

Why Is Voter Turnout for Mayoral Elections Always So Abysmally Low?

At least this guy voted today in New York City.

The Secret Life of New York Storefronts, in Miniature

How Randy Hage creates dioramas of the city as it once was.

No, Bike Lanes Don't Hurt Retail Business

They may even bring in more customers, according to a recent Seattle case study.

Most of the World's Tallest Buildings Game the System With 'Vanity Height'

Is all that space actually a waste?