New York

5 Design Concepts for New York's Branch Library of the Future

From 24-hour, ATM-style vestibules to library cards that double as subway fares.

Life Inside the Drunk, Rowdy World of New Amsterdam

A collection of newly digitized ordinances from the 17th-century settlement that would become New York City reveals a riotous city full of crime, trash, and “insolent practices with sad accidents of bodily injury.”

When Cops Violate Civil Rights, It's City Taxpayers Who Pay

Of $735 million in damages collected between 2006 and 2011, officers paid less than .02 percent.

No Cell Phones at School? Better See the Cell Phone Storage Man

A small but thriving industry has cropped up around New York City high schools that forbid students from having phones on campus.

Why More Northeast U.S. Travelers Take the Train Instead of a Plane, in 2 Charts

In-vehicle travel time is more productive and less stressful travel time.

Predict Your Own Thanksgiving-Snowstorm Travel Misery

The National Weather Service has an experimental new tool that shows the weather hazards along your journey, including predicted snow accumulations.

How Super-Small, European-Style Delivery Vehicles Could Make U.S. Streets Safer

A growing class of cargo vans enables smarter intersection design.

The Swedish Approach to Road Safety: 'The Accident Is Not the Major Problem'

Sweden's top traffic safety strategist visits New York to share lessons from the original "Vision Zero."

What Comes After 'Broken Windows'

"This is a good moment to re-evaluate ... now that the windows are no longer broken."

Chicago Has More 'Avenues,' While San Francisco Prefers 'Terraces'

An analysis of roadway suffixes in six major U.S. cities reveals differences rooted in history.

Why There Will Always Be Room on the Road for Skilled Taxi Drivers

GPS and e-hailing apps like Uber don't have mean the end of professional cabbies.

Why Traffic Jams in Big Cities Are a Problem for Small Towns, Too

Congestion in major metro areas leads to freight backups across the country.

Car Emissions vs. Car Crashes: Which One's Deadlier?

The answer actually surprised us.

New York's Rat Population Is Far Smaller Than You Might Guess

The latest tally of the city's rat horde dispels the myth that the city is home to "one rat per person."

A Link Between Air Pollution and Adolescent ADHD

Certain pollutants common to urban areas could be harming the brains of unborn children, according to new research.

New Frog Species Lurks in the Shadow of the Statue of Liberty

Researchers are issuing a "call to arms" to frog enthusiasts to find this critter in their cities, too.

In New York, West African Immigrants Cope With Ebola Crisis on Two Fronts

Rather than barricading themselves at home, these immigrant communities are taking action.

Happy Birthday, New York City Subway!

Today in 1904, NYC opened its first underground line, inspiring the biggest building boom in city history—and a spoof by Thomas Edison.

Moving Forward with America's High-Speed Rail Projects

A status report on proposed lines in California, Texas, and the Northeast.