New York

Pimp Your Block With Civic Bling

Need ideas for how to better your neighborhood? We've got 'em right here.

The Surprising Bliss of Tour Guiding in Your Own City

When you take the time to show off your hometown, chances are you'll discover something new to love yourself.

Mapmaker, Artist, or Programmer?

Self-described "map geek" Eric Fischer uses urban data to make some of the web's most intriguing spatial images.

Life-Size Video Game of the Day: Pac-Man

The ghosts are all around you at New York's Babycastles Summit.

Watch a Drawn Time-Lapse of Lower Manhattan Unfold Before Your Eyes

"Empire State of Pen," by Patrick Vale, captures the frenzied movements of creation.

Multigenerational Communities or Bust

Cities that don't work for people of all ages risk stagnating in the past.

The Case for Eliminating Disabled Parking Placards

They invite fraud, drain city revenue, and often fail to help those who need it most — new research proposes an alternative.

Why You Shouldn't Let Your Dog Pee on Trees

An investigation of how canine urine contributes to urban plant death.

Turn Scaffolding Into a Cozy Seating Area

These chairs, tables and hanging flower pots latch on for easy relaxation.               

In New York, Toward a Harmony of Police and Cyclists

A bicycling advocate says both riders and cops must work to improve their relationship.

How Long Will You Need to Save to Buy a Home In Your City?

You might earn more in places like San Francisco and New York – but it'll take you years to save for a down payment in those markets.

A Small-Space Design Bible

Author Kyle Schuneman talks interior design on the tiniest of budgets in his latest, The First Apartment Book: Cool Design for Small Spaces.

How Honest Is Your City?

An experiment tests the honor system across a wide range of demographics and places.

Shooting at Empire State Building: What Will Happen If Injured Bystanders Sue the NYPD?

A recent ruling suggests the courts would support the officers' actions at the Empire State Building, should a lawsuit arise.

America's Leading College Towns

Mapping the metros with the largest share and largest number of college students.

Nabe or Hood? A Brief History of Shortening 'Neighborhood'

Finding the origins of nabe proved easier than explaining its current popularity.

Are Our Transit Maps Tricking Us?

Subway maps distort the reality on the ground for all kinds of reasons. What happens when we make decisions based on them?

The Summer of the Gun

The problem is not that the rest of the world seems so meaningless, it's how numbed we've become to the horror stories in our midst.

America's Leading High-Tech, Venture Capital Centers

New data tracks the geography of technology investment.