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Why Is There an Upside Down Airplane in Central Park?

Without context, this is one heckuva scary photo.

Courtesy of Center for Urban Research at the CUNY Graduate Center

Welcome to 1940s New York

An interactive time capsule to all 116 New York City neighborhoods, from 1943.

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Mermaids on Main Street

Pictures from the annual Coney Island parade.

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Surveillance Cameras Could Make Us Better People

New research finds the "bystander effect" can be offset by the presence of public self-awareness.

Photo: Erin Churchill

Confessions of a Straphanger

Travel writer Taras Grescoe on the joys of public transportation.

Jodi Green/Flickr

The Secret to Less Smelly Sewers: Old Coffee Grounds

Researchers at the City College of New York think they've found a way to use coffee to neutralize a city's most unpleasant odor.

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Re-Read of the Day: An Air Conditioner Probably Won't Kill You

One less thing to worry about as your face melts off during today's record-breaking heat wave.

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Times Square Becomes the City's Largest Yoga Studio

It's in celebration of the summer solstice.

Corine Vermeulen, MOCAD

A 'Vertical' Future for the Urban Factory

A traveling exhibition imagines a minor renaissance of urban manufacturing that's greener, cleaner, and more efficient.

Reuters

How to Fix the Juvenile Justice System

City kids are disproportionately jailed in facilities that don't meet their needs. Here's what can be done.

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Remember the Automat

Once a staple of the Manhattan lunch scene, the automat sees new life as a replica for an exhibit about lunch.

NYC Dept. of Transportation

Freeway Removal Hits a Roadblock in the Bronx

Reports of the death of the Sheridan Expressway have been greatly exaggerated.

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The Birth of Zoning Codes, a History

Or, how Americans learned to legislate our NIMBY impulses.

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Travel Advice of the Day: Head to Las Vegas, or Hanoi

Trip Advisor ranks the cheapest and most expensive vacation cities for Americans this summer.

Aaron Cassara

How the Recession Made Me a Gentrifier in My Home Town

Downwardly mobile Millennials—especially the ones who are natives of increasingly expensive cities—are rewriting the rules of gentrification.

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Can Bloomberg's $9 Million Mayors Challenge Really Make a Difference?

At least one massively successful city innovation, 311, suggests it can.

NYC DOT

Woohoo! NYC's Downtown Now Boasts a Zip Line

New Yorkers can fly through the air as part of the city's summer celebration of livable streets.

Bloomberg Offers $5 Million Prize for City Innovation

The "Mayors Challenge" will award "breakthrough solutions" to urban problems.

Reuters

A Clever Second Life for Some Old Boats

A floating hotel created by a group of New York artists.