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Turning Subway Rides Into Performance Art

A series at the New York Transit Museum invites artists to make work inspired by the city’s trains and buses.

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Can My Landlord Forbid Me From Smoking Pot in My Apartment?

Demystifying a cloudy debate.

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What If New York's Places Were Renamed After Celebrities?

How much fun would it be to have a Denzel Washington Heights, a Linkin Park Slope, and The Street Formerly Known as Prince?

Matthew O'Brien

A Polaroid View of Colombia

In a new book, Matthew O’Brien captures an often-overlooked side of the country on pieces of instant film.

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The Typewriter Industry Is Still Hanging On in India

A small repair shop in Panjim has tinkered with the machines for over four decades.

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How New York Is Easing Access to Menstrual Hygiene Products

The city is the first to pass legislation mandating free tampons and pads in public schools, homeless shelters, and prisons.

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Mapping How Far $50 of Gas Will Take You Across America

Road trip season is upon us.

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How to Bike to Work Without Looking Like a Sweaty Mess

Tips for a summertime cycling commute.

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20 Beautiful, Bizarre Years at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Luke Ratray has photographed the Brooklyn event since 1996.

Dot to Dot NYC by Narae Kim, published by powerHouse Books.

A Sketch-by-Numbers Coloring Book for Urbanists

Paint the town red—or any other color you want.

Adrian Hogan

360-Degree Views of Japan, on the Side of a Coffee Cup

An illustrator’s panoramic drawings capture intimate, local scenes from around Tokyo.

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When It Comes to Workplace Noise, Millennials Can't Even

A new survey finds that fewer distractions outweigh freebies among young workers.

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Can On-Demand Printing Bolster Bookstores?

A old shop in Paris is holding onto its place in the city by embracing new technology.

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The Latest in the Fight to Tax Sugary Drinks

This week, Philadelphia joins the ranks of cities weighing fees on sweetened beverages.

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Ignoring People for Phones Is the New Normal

A study looks at how phone snubbing—“phubbing”—became socially acceptable.

Whiteladies House. Moray Thomas, England, 1935. (© Victoria and Albert Museum, London)

Small Houses With Big Stories

An exhibition of dollhouses teases out the cultural shifts that happened alongside architectural changes. 

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Amid Orlando Attack, Facebook Turns On 'Safety Check' for the First Time in the U.S.

Activation of the tool has evoked a mix of gratitude and disheartenment.  

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Why a Sweet British Drink Is Popular During Ramadan

Vimto, a fruity English soft drink, is now a favorite way to break the fast.

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Portraits of the Neighborhood

One artist is painting 200 residents of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, to forge connections in one of the most rapidly changing parts of the borough.