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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?

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.

Courtesy of Pentagram

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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NYC Readers! Come Play With Us at Our Next HappyHourLab

We’ll be building worlds at a board-game cafe.

Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Foundation

Drawing Up an Urban Planning Manual for Chicago Teens

The graphic novel No Small Plans aims to empower the city’s youth through stories about their neighborhoods.

Andrea Morales

This Podcast Bridges the Rural/Urban Empathy Divide

The much-hyped series S-Town evolves from murder mystery and small-town tourism into timely, humanistic biography.

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Dallas, According to an '80s Rock Band From France

[Extremely French voice] “Dallas.”

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Revisiting 'The Inner City Mother Goose'

In her poetry book released in 1969, Eve Merriam reserves some of her sharpest barbs for the city planners, politicians, government bureaucrats, and “crisis committees” who claim to help the poor but do nothing (or worse).

Courtesy of StreetMusicMap Radio

The New Podcast Spotlighting NYC's Street Musicians

StreetMusicMap Radio gives buskers another kind of platform.

Paula Vrinceanu/Courtesy of Riding Up Front

Riding Up Front With Immigrants' Stories

A new project hopes to increase tolerance by having passengers strike up conversations with their taxi and ride-hailing drivers.

Eric Grant

The Tech Helping Immigrants Hack the Ban

Across the country, designers and coders are coming together to develop tools for communities targeted by Trump’s orders.

Andrew Small/CItyLab

We Rode an Ikea Bike

There’s some assembly required for the Swedish company’s new commuter bicycle, Sladda. Can it handle the rigors of the American city?

Courtesy of Martin Roemers

Photographing the Souls of Megacities

This photographer embarked on a quest to commemorate the human sides of 22 bustling cities.

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The Problem With 'Kong'

The latest big gorilla romp is full of spectacle and explosions, but it’s missing something very important.

Ammar Awad/Reuters

Banksy's New Hotel Highlights a City Under Occupation

The street artist’s latest installation, The Walled Off Hotel, sits just 13 feet from Israel’s separation barrier in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Reuters/Gary Hershom

What Can Our Bones Reveal About Urbanization?

The archeologist and author Brenna Hassett explains how cities shaped our skeletons.

Reuters/Kamenco Pajic

How the Chili Dog Transcended America's Divisions

The national dish is really a fusion of immigrant fare.

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.