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Happy Reopening, Statue of Liberty! We've Been Making a Big Deal Out of You Since 1885

In honor of $59 million worth of repairs following Superstorm Sandy, a look back at the initial excitement surrounding America's most famous statue.

A Very Brief History of Why It's So Hard to Get From Brooklyn to Queens

It wasn't always this way.

Perlinger Archives

In 1954, Americans Were Told to Paint Their Houses to Increase Their Chances of Surviving an Atomic Bomb

How the paint and varnish lobby used the Cold War to sell property upkeep.

Courtesy Yitik Hazine Yayınları

The Istanbul That Might Have Been, and Might Still Be

A book of unbuilt Ottoman-era architectural and engineering plans sheds surprising light on the current building boom in Turkey’s largest city.

Library of Congress

Before Cities Had Street Lights, They Had Giant Towers That Mimicked the Moon

When electricity was new, town leaders looked to "moonlight towers" to provide mass illumination.

The Visual Telling of Stories

The Original Hooligans

Pussy Riot are the latest, but a family of cartoon Irish immigrants came first.

NASA Ames Research Center

NASA's Groovy Concept Art for the Orbiting Cities of the Future

Not content with putting a man on the moon in 1969, the aeronautics agency once aimed to create an entire space-based neighborhood.

Rochester, New York: Then and Now, Through Video (1963 to 2012)

How the claims in a promotional video stack up today

Portland, Ore., Then and Now (1890-2012)

It's easy to see the results of Oregon's urban growth boundary laws in this side-by-side map comparison

Memphis, Then and Now (1887 to 2011)

The city went broke in the 1870s. A look at how the Memphis of today compares with this low point

Los Angeles, Then and Now (1894-2011)

A look back at how far downtown L.A. has come since the turn of the 20th century

Buffalo, Then and Now (1902-2011)

A look at how modern Buffalo compares with the city in its heyday

Library of Congress

Phoenix, Then and Now (1885 to 2011)

126 years later, Phoenix bares little resemblance to the sleepy agricultural town of the 1880s

Houston, Then and Now (1891 to 2011)

A cartographic look at Texas' largest city

Atlanta, Then and Now (1871 to 2011)

A cartographic comparison of Atlanta, from post-confederate reconstruction to postmodern boom-town

Courtesy New York Historical Society

A Visual History of Manhattan's Grid

A new exhibition examines the master plan that made New York what it is today

A Visual History of Civic Seattle

Telling the story of a city through its digitized ephemera

NASA

San Francisco's 1971 Earthquake, the Educational Video

Groovy NASA archival film explains how any why earthquakes affect the Bay Area the way they do

Library of Congress

Cleveland's New Deal-Era Public Housing Posters

The Midwest city's approach was much friendlier than New York's