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For These Muralists, It Took 3 Years to Spell Out the Alphabet

Would you get an "S" tattooed on your arm just for the sake of completing an art project? These guys did.

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Lost Frontiers and Foolish Funding: The 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.

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Why All of Grand Central's Clocks Are Wrong

The secret to catching a train there, revealed.

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8 Pearls of Wisdom From Ed Koch

The late New York Mayor was never for want of words.

Watch a Locksmith Do His Work in New York's Smallest Free-Standing Building

"I wanna see a guy with an MBA in business, give him 125 square feet. He wouldn't be able to do it."

The View from the Shard

When a View Costs More Than Dinner

Observation decks can be good business, and The Shard in London hopes to cash in.

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55 Acronyms That Show Why We Should Be Scared for Our Coastlines

VBZD? "Vector-borne and zoonotic disease." SLCS? "Sea level change scenarios." CSO? "Combined sewer overflow."

These 8 Cities Have America's Crummiest Winters

Celebrate this awful time of year by thinking about the cities that have it even worse.

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Imagine One of New York's Most Famous Buildings, 13 Stories Higher

Architects propose a massive expansion as a cheeky critique of the preciousness of iconic buildings.

Why Is 'Authenticity' So Central to Urban Culture?

The more alike our cities and neighborhoods become, the harder we try to stand out.

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The Case Against One-Way Streets

One civil engineer believes trip capacity will increase if cities turn to two-way streets.

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Brooklyn's Hasidim and Playing By New York Rules

Self-organized groups of religious enforcers should not feel free to intimidate community members into silence.

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Battle Cry for the Bodega

Why the chainification of the corner store is a bigger deal than losing book stores and record stores combined.

The Graffiti Artist Trying to Tag Every Surface in New York City

"I like good vandalism but you gotta know where to put it -- that's key."

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Congress Passed the Sandy Aid Bill ... Now What?

Wrangling over the funds will have a big impact on recovery.

Mapping the Almost-Real City

Hobbyist mapmaker Andrew Lynch is fascinated by what nearly was.

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One World Trade Center's Bathrooms Already Have Obnoxious Graffiti

Dishing out the latest in public-toilet news.

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You Don't Have to Be Superhuman to Commute by Bicycle

This weekend’s New York Times story on long-distance cyclists might scare off potential everyday riders.

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A Brief History of Dolphins Turning Up in New York City

The city's waterways have also been known to host sharks and whales.