New York

Rice+Lipka Architects

Designing Libraries That Encourage Teens to Loiter

An open, airy floor at the New York Public Library offers kids spots to play Wii and Guitar Hero, along with books and homework help.

Matthew Picton

These Funky 3D Paper Maps Bring a City's History to Life

Artist Matthew Picton evokes specific historical events or time periods with the art, text, even paper he chooses to use.

Reuters

New York's Deadly Gun Violence Spike

25 people were shot in just 48 hours last weekend, bringing the yearly figure to 440 shootings — with six more fatalities.

A Vibrant Peek Inside 1939 New York

A pina colada was 5 cents and everyone wore hats.

MTA/Patrick Cashin

The New York Subway Is Back to Full Service For the First Time Since Sandy

Seven months later, the A train is running to the Rockaways.

Can New York's Penn Station Ever Be Great Again?

Four architects lay out their vision for a brighter, cheerier, more functional transit hub.

A Very Brief History of Why It's So Hard to Get From Brooklyn to Queens

It wasn't always this way.

Stereotank

World's Tiniest Library Pops Up In New York City

The "inhabitable" library looks more like a weird robot or a doughnut on stilts.

Airbnb

What's the Difference Between a Shady Hotelier and an Airbnb Host?

A question in dire need of a legal answer.

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The World's Most Popular Tourist Cities

How Bangkok became the hottest city for international travelers.

Alex Nazaryan

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love New York's Bike-Share

A bike-skeptical New Yorker's journey toward acceptance.

Maya Lin's Newest Work Is a 'Last Memorial' to the Vanishing Natural World

"I am going to try to wake you up to things that are missing that you are not even aware are disappearing."

Reuters

Mayor Bloomberg's Retirement Plan: 'Destroy' the Taxi Industry

Bloomberg has pledged to reinvent the industry after he leaves office. What might that look like?

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If a Photographer Takes a Picture of You Through Your Apartment Window, Is it Art?

A lawsuit against Arne Svenson, who captured unwitting subjects through their windows, could draw an important line between art and intrusion.

Reuters

Why You May Not Be Seeing Many 17-Year Brood II Cicadas

Where's the dang swarm, already?

Anthony Weiner

Anthony Weiner's NYC Mayoral Campaign Website Features ... the Pittsburgh Skyline

Whoops.

DDOT

Bike-Share May Not Take Many Cars Off the Road, But That's OK

Results from the latest Capital Bikeshare member survey in Washington, D.C.

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A Puzzling Relationship Between Same-Sex Parents and Gay Marriage?

Many of the highest percentages of gay couples raising children are found in states that ban gay marriage.

Street Vendor Project

New York Street Vendors Displaced by Bike-Share Want Their Voices Heard

Turns out it's not that easy for a sidewalk food cart to just pick up and move.