New York

5 Crucial Principles for 21st Century Transportation Systems

Handling tomorrow's mega-trends means rethinking today's infrastructure.

A Painstakingly Illustrated Catalog of Manhattan’s Subway Tile Mosaics

Travel through 118 stations without leaving your room.

Meet the 10 People Who Will Plan New York's Future

Rather, "people" — a statistically representative group of avatars will help guide RPA's Fourth Regional Plan.

Manhattan's and D.C.'s Populations Nearly Double Every Day With Commuters

Just think of the traffic.

Reclaiming the Space Where the Twin Towers Stood

A New Yorker's first impressions of the 9/11 Memorial Pavilion. 

Heroin Trade Through New York City Is the Highest It's Been in 20 Years

Officials have seized 786 pounds of heroin this year, the most since 1991.

The Self-Described 'Hermit' Who Took Some of History's Most Unforgettable Pictures of Coney Island

Photographer Aaron Rose spent a lifetime hiding in plain sight. 

A Pixelated Look at Early 2000s New York, Through a Game Boy Lens

Unusually retro shots of life in New York City.

This Forgotten 1970s Collage Artist Now Seems Like He Saw the Future

Don ZanFanga was especially obsessed with the twin towers of the World Trade Center. 

Kara Walker's Sendoff for the Old Domino Sugar Plant: A Giant Sphinx

The artist built a 75-foot-long humanimal inside the soon-to-be-demolished refinery.

Where New Yorkers Have the Most Bike Crashes

Thousands of painful wrecks suggest that certain streets could use better safety measures.

The Last Commuter Rail Bar Cars in the U.S. Are About to Go Off-Line

The few left on New York's Metro-North line will be taken out of service this week. 

The Quest to Measure the Brain's Response to Urban Design

"It's the holy grail for architects."

How Not to Lock a Bike Like an Idiot

Tips from an exasperated New York City bike mechanic. 

A New Map Gives New Yorkers the Power to Report Traffic Hazards

Used well, it could serve as a powerful example of a city's ability to mine the collective knowledge of its residents for good.

The First Look at How Google's Self-Driving Car Handles City Streets

The vehicle has now moved beyond highways to its next phase: roaming the roads of Mountain View.

Preserving One of the 1964 World's Fair's Few Remnants

Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion was designated a "National Treasure" earlier this week.

A Radical Approach to Adding Density in New York's Outer Boroughs

Picture octopus-like high-rises engulfing transit hubs.

Post-Sandy, Designers Are Forced to Imagine Asking People to Move

Two proposals unveiled earlier this month tiptoe into the fraught territory of what's called Managed Retreat.