New York

Keith Bedford/Reuters

Hints of the Holidays Amid Sandy's Wreckage

Nods to Christmas in Breezy Point, Queens.

Danny Moloshok/Reuters

The Where of 2012's Top Music

The global cities that dominated popular music this year.

Reuters

America's Most Religiously Diverse Cities

Four percent of the country identifies as Jewish, Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist. A peek at where those communities are clustered.

Reuters

The Business Case for Saying No to National Chains

Brooklyn's Barclays Center is proving itself a leader in fostering a strong hometown identity.

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2012's Year in Maps

It's been an eventful year for cartography.

Jon Cotner

Holiday Wishes From the Streets of New York

25 strangers share their hopes for the season.

Drawing the Intricate Details of City Life By Hand

Illustrator Jenni Sparks discusses her lively, unique renderings of New York and London.

Sergio Ruiz

What's Behind San Francisco's Sudden Building Boom?

Traditionally stingy with new growth, the city appears to be on the cusp of a major construction cycle.

Anthony Sherin

Urban Artifact of the Day: A Street Corner Piano

Go ahead, play a few notes.

Y. Gao, J.S. Fu

How Bad Will Climate Change Get for the Eastern U.S.? Look at These Crazy Maps

Climate change-related heat waves and intense storms are projected to hit Eastern U.S. cities especially hard.

Deutsche + Guggenheim

The Inescapable Patterns of Garbage

Artist Gabriel Orozco has applied a fresh logic to trash-as-art.

Reuters

A Transit Chief in the Mayor's Office?

MTA leader Joe Lhota is expected to resign today to prepare for a mayoral run.

Reuters

2012's Biggest Transportation Successes

Amtrak posts a record year, California approves high-speed rail, and more.

phila.gov

The Best Open Data Releases of 2012

Our annual look at the extensive information now available from city governments, and the tools people are building with it.

Ralph Hockens/Flickr

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.

Flickr/thisisbossi

A Brief History of the Barnes Dance

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

SHoP Architects

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.

Reuters

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?