How To

How to Find a Place to Store Your Bags When You're Not a Hotel Guest

Taking a trip over the long weekend? Here’s how to avoid dragging your luggage with you if you don’t have a place to crash.

This Summer's Fireworks Are Bigger and Louder Than Ever

Pyrotechnic nuts share the craziest new firework trends.

Making Music Out of Traffic

Designers imagine ways to make electric cars safer—and symphonious.

How to Stop Crooks From Stealing Your Bicycle Seat

Bike mechanics reveal the best tricks to frustrate would-be saddle thieves.

You're Probably Recycling Wrong

An expert explains how to do it smarter, and why some materials muck up the sorting process.

Avoid Email Faux Pas With the Take-Back Button

You’ve got 30 seconds to redeem yourself.

Ask CityLab: How Do I Wage War on Rats?

An urban rodentologist explains how to defeat the sneaky vermin.

The Best Ways to Throw Shade

Just in time for summer: three smart ways cities, and the people who live in them, deflect the sun’s rays.

NYC Frontiersmen Live in Swanky Rooftop Cottages

They’re not exactly roughing it.

How to Get Your Bearings When Exiting a Subway Station

Three wayfinding cures for that sense of disorientation at the top of the stairs.

Forget Numbers: Your Next Password Will Be Emojis

Ditch the numerals for truly special characters including beer steins, fire, and eggplant.

Mapping the United States of Happy Hours

Some cities are straight-up bacchanalian. Others, not so much.

A New Game Examines Why, Exactly, the Rent Is So Damn High

A depressing web app aims to demystify housing costs in NYC.

Science to Parents: Let Your Kids Run a Little Wild

A new literature review suggests that unsupervised play fosters resilient kids.

The Nap Parlor of Your Dreams

Why head out for a coffee run when you could snooze with a bunch of strangers?

Every Film Shoot in New York, Mapped

Metrocosm plotted film permit data across the five boroughs.

A New Grocery Store Debuts a Smart Model to Combat Food Insecurity

The key: Making use of food that would otherwise be destined for the dumpster.

The Tyranny of Freebies

Why are we so willing to queue up for free things that are already cheap to begin with?

How to Measure Summer in Your City

Designers in Vienna created sensors for BBQ smoke, sunscreen, and other telltale signs of the season.