New York

Uncovering the First, Fascinating Rulebook for Subway Sign Design

A legendary document brought to the masses.

Reuters/Andrew Burton

What Will Mike Bloomberg Ban Next?

For one thing, he's not happy with your iPod earbuds.

'Gut Renovation'

Raw Anger Permeates a New Film About Gentrification in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

There is nothing subtle about Gut Renovation, Su Friedrich’s latest documentary. She's pissed and she wants you to know it.

Street-Stencil King Logan Hicks Gets a Pop-Up Show in L.A.

It's only for three days, so catch it if you can.

Reuters

An Imprecise Geography of Obnoxious Snowstorm Nicknames

From Snowpocalypse to Snowquester.

Courtesy Brandon Stanton

'Humans of New York' Makes an International Brand's Screw Up Pay Off for City Kids

Clothing label DKNY used photographer Brandon Stanton's images without his permission, but this story has a happy ending.

The 3 'Genres' of Brooklyn Bar Bathroom, Explained

Meet the man whose Tumblr page chronicles the highs and lows of bar loos.

Reuters

Is Helping Strangers to a Free Subway Ride a Good Way to Protest Rising Transit Fares?

A New York City subway ride now costs a full dollar more than it did 10 years ago. A small group of activists are taking their frustration to the fare gate. 

ILSR

Why Are There No Big Cities with Municipal Broadband Networks?

Publicly owned Internet infrastructure is luring jobs to smaller towns. Should big cities follow their lead?

Reuters

Subway Babies and Shrinking Cities (Well): Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

Sarah Goodyear

Shouldn't Pedestrians At Least Be Safe From Cars on the Sidewalk?

Even in walking cities like New York, the criminality of drivers who kill pedestrians is far from clear.

Some Super Charming Illustrated Answers to Urban Mysteries

Why do pigeons bob their heads? Do squirrels know where they hide their nuts? And other questions answered in this new art-meets-science book.

Redemption

A Brief History of Bottle Recycling

A story of trash and class in America.

Street Seats

An Ode to New York's Glorious DIY Sidewalk Seating Culture

Design firm Street Plans Collaborative has started tracking informal street furniture, and you can help.

What It's Like to Play a Grand Piano in a NYC Park Every Day

Colin Huggins brings his passion for music to Washington Square Park.

Chris Herwig

Mapping Data-Dense Cities as if They Were Mountains

Contour lines borrowed from natural terrain can tell us much about life in the city.

Coming Soon to a Cab Near You: Vending Machines?

A modernized vending machine for taxis and bars is preparing for launch in New York.

Scientists Hunt for Sewage in New York City’s Harbors

After Sandy, researchers are heading out to sea for a forensic look at the storm’s impacts.

An Obsessive Cataloging of New York's Windows

If you live in Manhattan, you might recognize your own window in this curious collection by illustrator José Guízar.