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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A Clever Second Life for Some Old Boats

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

Video of the Day: New York's Hidden Basketball Games

Two filmmakers capture pick-up games across five boroughs.

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Fears of a Tight Fit for Brooklyn's Arena

Despite assurances, concerns that the Barclays Center will bring rowdy crowds and overstuffed streets haven't gone away.

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An Interactive Journey Through New York's Roofscape Makeover

Witness the evolution of NYC's billion-square-foot roofscape in the face of climate change.

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Which City Might Try to Ban Huge Sodas Next?

Deductive reasoning says Seattleites should drink 'em while they got 'em.

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Visit This Kaleidoscopic Water Tower

A New York artist has created this glass tapestry of salvaged material, complete with a light show.

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The Rise of the Citizen Cyclist

As cycling goes mainstream, hardcore riders in New York City complain about being tamed. Here's why they're wrong.

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How to Handle a City of Tourists

New Yorkers have always had a love-hate relationship with visitors.

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This Week in Bans: New York City's Surge in the War Against Fatty Foods

Also, the first protester is banned from the London Olympics; shameful Japanese bureaucrats can't drink alcohol for a month; a California city outlaws charity.

A Tourist's Guide For Your City's Mundane, Obscure Attractions

A handful of new travel companies ask what you'd learn if you approached the mundane in your own neighborhood like a tourist.

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Are Cities Losing Power to States?

According to a new survey of public officials, city governments face new restrictions from states.