New York

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America's Most Cutthroat Christmas Tree Market

A bitter feud between two men has sent the price of trees in New York City sky-high.

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A Brief History of the Barnes Dance

Cities have largely given up on pedestrian scrambles — but some are bringing them back.

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There's More Than History at Stake for NYC's First Pre-Fab High-Rise

B2 Bklyn breaks ground this morning at Atlantic Yards. A lot is riding on whether it works.

The Most Talked About Buildings of 2012

From residences to gardens to installations, a look at the most compelling works of the year.

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This Most Recent Decline in U.S. Violent Crime Is Different From the Last One

Homicide rates have fallen significantly in some places. Does economic development deserve the credit?

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Even the World's Top Experts Aren't Sure What New York Should Do to Prevent Another Sandy

A star-studded panel discussion highlights just how much uncertainty faces the storm-damaged city.

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Uber's Plan to Dominate Cabs by Phone Is Starting to Work Again

New York and Washington are easing their restrictions.

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Strategies for Increasing Diversity in Urban Tech Scenes

New York sets its sights on extending the benefits of the city's burgeoning start-up ecosystem.

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Urbanist Portmanteau of the Day: Funderpass

This one should have been invented a while ago.

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A Whopping 369,000 Americans Missed Work Because of Sandy

The super storm may not have stopped companies from hiring, but it did wreak havoc with people's ability to get to their jobs.

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'Oakland Is the Newark of the West Coast'

And other metrophors.

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City-Themed Holiday Card of the Day: A 'Virtual Geoglyph'

Season's Greetings from a bicycle geek.

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The Stark Geographic Inequality of the Home Mortgage Interest Deduction

A small number of coastal cities get the bulk of the benefit.

New York Unveils a Gigantic Group Swing

This art installation seats 42, and comes complete with audio, readings and pigeons.

Meet the Woman Tasked With Saving New York From the Next Sandy

Judith Rodin will help design a "climate-conscious overhaul" of New York's infrastructure before the next storm rolls in.

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The 'Strong Core' Theory of Los Angeles

Samuel Krueger believes he's identified a structure to L.A. that's not unlike Manhattan or Chicago's Loop.

Outdoor Smoking Bans: Impossible to Enforce, or Inevitable?

Declaring public space smoke-free is becoming exponentially more common. Enforcing it is not.

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2/3 of Sandy-Damaged Homes in N.Y. Were Outside the 100-Year Flood Zone

One more sign it's time to rethink our planning for natural disasters.

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Mapping the New York Neighborhoods With the Most Out-of-Towners

Out-of-state migrants are skipping the outer boroughs and heading straight to Manhattan.