New York

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.

Bike-Share Is (Still) Struggling to Reach Poor People Across North America

Charting the equity problem in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

A Photographer Makes the Toxic Gowanus Canal Look Beautiful

It sounds impossible, but these shots bring out an impressionist dreaminess.

What If the Last Bookstore Closes?

A fight to keep a Barnes & Noble alive in the Bronx points to the necessity of real bookstores—and to the struggle for the borough to get one in the first place.

This City-Map Jewelry Is Made with GPS Data

"Urban Gridded Dogtags" take cartographic bling to the next level.

Quantifying the Livable City

NYU's Constantine Kontokosta sees Big Data as a tool not just for saving energy—but for making cities healthier, more resilient, and more equitable.

A Chat with Amtrak's CEO on the State of U.S. Passenger Rail

Joseph Boardman on federal funding, long-distance routes, and operating "as a business."

The Future of Transportation Is Not All Flying Cars

What we've learned from our 9-month series on tomorrow's urban mobility.

Banning Cars From Central Park: Has the Time Finally Come?

New Yorkers have been fighting over this for decades. But a new proposal to study a full ban next summer would bring some sorely needed hard data to the debate.

The Carless Commute Ranking to End All Carless Commute Rankings

A new report ranks U.S. metros based on how many jobs residents can access by transit during the morning rush.

Design That Makes Dry Regulations Come to Life

Since 1997, the Center for Urban Pedagogy has used graphic design to explain byzantine local policies and processes to New Yorkers.  

Why Can't Transportation Mega-Projects Be Both Beautiful and Practical?

In New York City's $4 billion PATH Hub, form overtakes function.