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Ryann Ford, "The Last Stop: Vanishing Rest Stops of the American Roadside," published by powerHouse Books.

The Fading Glory of America's Highway Rest Stops

A new photography book dollops heavy nostalgia on a disappearing roadside feature.

Lucio Zago

An Illustrator Turns Hellish Subway Commutes Into a Hilarious Graphic Novel

Williamsburg Shorts explores a rapidly changing neighborhood through the eyes of a stressed-out subway passenger.

Philip Ashforth Coppola

One Man's Decades-Long Quest to Draw Every Subway Station in New York

Philip Ashforth Coppola documents the transit system’s oft-overlooked mosaics in painstaking detail.

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Celebrating the Remarkable Stories of Everyday Jobs

A new book from StoryCorps about loving work compiles interviews with referees, subway conductors, teachers, and more.

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The Department of Energy Just Launched a Surprisingly Great Podcast

Direct Current has all the quirks of public radio, and a lot of useful information about clean energy policies.

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Go Back in Time Through New York City With the OldNYC App

Take a self-guided historic tour with a new app that pulls up old photos taken right where you’re standing.

André Chiote

Minimalist Posters of Libraries Around the World

Featuring no books, but plenty of architectural details.

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What Public Squares Mean for Cities

A new essay collection offers 18 perspectives on how these open spaces function.

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This Anti-Theft Bike Light Is Built Into Your Cycle Like a Car Headlight

The bright Lumineer can’t be stolen without a thief taking apart your ride.

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Up Close and Personal With Urban Wildlife

The new book Unseen City makes a case for staring pigeons in the eye.

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What Burglars Can Teach Architects

A new book uncovers what breaking and entering can reveal about buildings.

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Your Newest Reminder of the Wage Gap Is an Alarm Clock

The 79% Work Clock chimes to alert employees of the persistent pay gap in the U.S.

Jedediah Corwyn Voltz

Tiny Treehouses for Your Houseplants

An artist creates whimsical worlds for apartment flora.

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Introducing a Slim Water Bottle to Reduce Consumer Waste

It fits easily in a laptop bag or pants pocket.

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Tour the 'World's Most Stunning Restrooms'

Here’s the guidebook intrepid travelers never knew they needed.

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A Wonderfully British Vintage Guide to London

Taxis, one entry says, are “purring smoothies smelling of leather and metal polish.”

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How Manhattan Lost Its Last Matzo Factory

A new documentary examines the struggle of heritage, family-owned businesses through the lens of a matzo factory in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

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The Strangest, Most Delicious Burgers You'll Find in America

And how to cook them yourself.