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The New Geography of Finance

Despite the crisis, the U.S. finance industry has grown since 2008.

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As Local Governments Shrink, Private Consultants Reap Rewards

Meet the high-paid experts who are pitching our cities and states on how to save money.

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An Entire Year of New York City's Noise Complaints

More than 270,000 noise complaints sketch a city that roars in the day and talks ferociously in its sleep.

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The Best Thing About This Season's NYC Ballet Might Be the Seats

Three studios created creative seating areas for the famed "jewel box."

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A Global View of Architectural Conservation: The Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly look back at the stories you may have missed.

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Vienna's Naked Subway Woman Adds To Rich History of Nude Commuting

It's almost as if journalists have never heard about this happening.

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Why Amtrak Keeps Breaking Ridership Records and Will Continue To Do So

The rail operator's recent success should end the debate over its privatization.

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Brooklyn's Barclays Center Sponsors 2012 Urinebowl

Park Slope residents are complaining that stadium fans are peeing all over the neighborhood.

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Nature vs. City: In Architect Dan Wood's World, Opposites Attract

The principal at WorkAC expands on his unique vision for urban living.

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Fear of a Tiny Apartment

By endorsing smaller and smaller living spaces, are we creating a world in which only the very wealthy can live in anything more than sardine-can habitats?

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South Carolina Town Terrorized By Exploding Toilet

The detonating commode went off in Town Hall and lodged porcelain shrapnel in a door.

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The Shame of Demonizing New York's 'Dangerous' Delivery Cyclists

We love to complain about these guys, but we love cheap, fast delivery more.

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Design Video of the Day: How the Netherlands Builds Its Embassies

A new documentary examines the Dutch approach.

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How the GOP Lost Cities: Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly look back at the stories you may have missed.

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Life-Size Noses, Pink Cows and More at the Weird, Wonderful Frieze Art Fair

The bi-coastal show exhibits work from over 170 galleries.

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Could You One Day Ride Your Bike All the Way Around New York Harbor?

Advocates are calling for the Verrazano Narrows Bridge to finally be opened up to pedestrians and cyclists.

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Is This Recording Enough to End Stop and Frisk?

Listen to the audio a 17-year-old secretly recorded of police disparaging his mixed-race appearance and threatening to break his arm.

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See What NYC's Night Sky Would Look Like Without Light Pollution...in NYC

This public art piece gives viewers a glimpse of the city's complete star map.

A Water-Spewing Swing Set to Delight and Frighten Children

This hacked "Waterfall Swing" puts kids through dozens of rainstorms each minute.