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Exploring Richmond's Underground Music Scene

The city’s network of DIY venues has carved out a space for people to connect, fostering a resilient creative community.

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Yes, Elite Women's Clubs Still Exist

In Washington, D.C., and other U.S. cities, members-only meetinghouses continue to occupy prime real estate.

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Naked Germany, Straining at the Seams

Nudity, or Freikörperkultur, has long been a part of public life in Germany. Can it withstand an era of increasing globalization and tech?

Chris Youssef

Chasing London's Cloud of Feral Parakeets

Tracking the green birds gave me a new vantage point on the city.

Casey Roonan

Grooving to the Oldies at New Orleans's Temple of Uncool

A dance party on a riverboat casino highlights tensions about the city’s self-image, and its future.

Dylan Glynn

Stealing Moments at Seattle's Hidden Beaches

“It was my secret, a private spot, which, like so many others like it, was public land.”

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Retracing the Steps of Trailblazing Women on Paris's Streets

New walking tours underline the overlooked contributions of female scientists, activists, and writers in the City of Light.

Dan Park

Inside Abu Dhabi's Most Rollicking Karaoke Joint

The crowd shouting requests at the Tambayan bar is as diverse as the UAE itself.

Eric Thayer/Reuters

The Rituals of Coney Island's Opening Day

For locals, the urban amusement park season starts months before summer’s peak.

Leesh Adamerovich

On the Trail of New York's Greatest Trees

One writer is setting out to find all 60 of the specimens on the city’s list of notable arbors amid the concrete.

Netflix

Why Can't 'The Get Down' Find Its Groove?

The series has great material to work with. So why is the story about hip-hop’s origins falling flat?

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The Anatomy of a Great Dog Park

Let one of America’s foremost designers of hound spaces lay out what works (and doesn’t).

David Zwirner Gallery

How Alice Neel Painted Harlem

The artist’s portraits of neighbors, icons, and strangers show a keen and democratic attention to detail.

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What Being a Rock Star Teaches You About Practical Urbanism

The Magnetic Fields cellist Sam Davol applies insights about learning in public spaces, picked up on the road, to New York and beyond.

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Can a Walled-Off Museum Actually Make Art More Accessible?

While the Philadelphia Museum of Art undergoes some serious construction, a design firm has come up with a beautifully clever solution to hide it: a 450-foot wall decorated with replicated works.

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Not Just Another Art Gallery in a Gentrifying Neighborhood

“I don’t want to presume that I'm bringing cultural equity that didn’t exist before,” says Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, the curator of We Buy Gold.

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These Sleek Soup Kitchens Fight Hunger and Loneliness

Chef Massimo Bottura’s Refettorios will soon land in U.S. cities to fight food waste and isolation, thanks to a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.

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How to Break the Dangerous Cycle of Loneliness

Social isolation kills, and in the process it makes it harder to reach out to others. A psychologist explains how to stop the feedback loop.

The Crowd & the Cloud

Citizen Science in the Age of the Cloud

A new documentary series celebrates regular folks interacting with data, but leaves some big questions answered.