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Sense and the City

How did 18th-century urban dwellers make sense of their loud and stinky worlds? Historian Carolyn Purnell explains.

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Muslims of New York

A new photography exhibit shows that being Muslim and being American are not mutually exclusive.

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London's Food Waste Pop-Up Showcases the Swanky Side of Scraps

Celebrity chefs are at the helm of an avant-garde restaurant on top of Selfridges department store.

Khristel Stecher (Courtesy of Winter Stations Design Competition)

The Ontario Shoreline, Remade for Winter

A Toronto design competition invites an unlikely urban activity—going to the beach during the chilly off-season.

Courtesy Joe Bochynski

The NYC Artist Excavating 'Alternative Facts'

Joe Bochynski’s fake archaeology challenges viewers to figure out what’s believable and what’s not.

Courtesy of Playworld

Playgrounds Designed for Everyone

Inclusive playgrounds accommodate kids with disabilities, fostering fun and compassion for all.

"Get Out"

The Horror of 'Get Out' Is Everywhere

You can take the horror film out of the city and out of the suburbs, and racism for black people will still be scary.

The Youth Culture of Cairo

Cairo Youth Protest Urban Dysfunction With Hip Hop

A short documentary shows how warehouse dance parties, rooftop pop-and-lock sessions, and motorcycle stunts help young Egyptians reclaim neglected spaces.

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Saving NoLa's Favorite Mardi Gras Cocktail From Extinction

No one knows why Ojen became so popular in the city, but it has long been the party liqueur of choice.

Nick David and Jack Flynn

How Carnival Dancers Prepare to Hit the Street

This short film profiles a troupe getting ready to boogie in Hackney.

Stanza

DIY Your Own City Symphony With This Database of Urban Noise

The London artist Stanza has been crowdsourcing sounds from various cities since the ‘90s and wants people to use them for personal projects.

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Do You Want to Be the Mall of America's Writer-in-Residence?

The massive shopping center, to celebrate its 25th anniversary, wants to bring on an artist—to write in the mall, about the mall, and for the mall.

New World Symphony

Turning Street Noise Into a City Symphony

An MIT composer is collecting snippets of sound to turn Miami and Philadelphia into audio masterpieces.

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NYC Readers! Come to Our Upcoming HappyHourLab

We’re trying something new, and we hope you’ll join us.

Revisiting the Glitzy Safe Havens of NYC's Drag Ball Culture

The new documentary Kiki returns to a community for LGBTQ youths of color first examined in the landmark film Paris Is Burning.

Pooja Makhijani

The Aging Immigrants Bringing a World of Dance to New Jersey

A troupe grooves toward empathy—and health—as local demographics shift.

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The South African Building That Came to Symbolize the Apocalypse

Ponte City, Africa’s tallest apartment block, is a mainstay of movies about the end of the world—but it was once an apartheid-era architectural triumph.

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What Happens When a Local Restaurant Gets Famous?

For a little Vietnamese pho shop in Seattle, home to a three-liter noodle bowl, popularity was a boon and a headache.