New York City

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Welcome to 1940s New York

An interactive time capsule to all 116 New York City neighborhoods, from 1943.

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The Secret to Less Smelly Sewers: Old Coffee Grounds

Researchers at the City College of New York think they've found a way to use coffee to neutralize a city's most unpleasant odor.

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A 'Vertical' Future for the Urban Factory

A traveling exhibition imagines a minor renaissance of urban manufacturing that's greener, cleaner, and more efficient.

New York Public Library

Blast From the Transit Solution Past: New York's Moving Sidewalks

A six-mile loop of moving platforms could have been the congestion solution 1903 New York needed.

NYC DOT

Woohoo! NYC's Downtown Now Boasts a Zip Line

New Yorkers can fly through the air as part of the city's summer celebration of livable streets.

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How to Stop the Over-Regulation of Street Vendors

New York would be better off treating these vendors like small businesses.

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

11 of the Best Documentaries About Cities Streaming on Netflix

Profiles of cities, their people and their dramas.

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The Rise of the Citizen Cyclist

As cycling goes mainstream, hardcore riders in New York City complain about being tamed. Here's why they're wrong.

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How to Handle a City of Tourists

New Yorkers have always had a love-hate relationship with visitors.

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This Week in Bans: New York City's Surge in the War Against Fatty Foods

Also, the first protester is banned from the London Olympics; shameful Japanese bureaucrats can't drink alcohol for a month; a California city outlaws charity.

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Prepare Your Animal Sacrifices: 'Manhattanhenge' Blazes in NYC Tonight

The setting sun is about to click exactly into the city's grid, creating a godlike spectacle of flame and shadow tonight and tomorrow.

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This Week in Bans: Beijing's Public Toilets to Become Fly-Free

Also, L.A. outlaws plastic bags; Lady Gaga ponders violent threats in Jakarta; and much more.

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Why Aren't Cities Littered With Dead Pigeons?

A wildlife expert and Smithsonian scientist help solve one of life's enduring urban mysteries.

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Corporate Sponsorship of New York Bike Share Probably Not a Sign of the Apocalypse

The city is covered in advertisements. At least this one will help me move my butt from one part to the other.

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Why Microsoft Chose New York City

Another step in New York's rise as an urban center for tech.

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Why City Kids Need to Play in the Street

Traditional street play is good for kids precisely because it allows them to figure out how to use their environment in creative ways on their own.

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Feat of the Day: One World Trade Center, New York's Tallest Building

The building height of One World Trade Center rose above 1,250 feet today, surpassing the Empire State Building.

Robert Banat/Tom Fruin

In New York, a 50-Foot-Tall Sign Made From Other, Salvaged Signs

Artist Tom Fruin, who works with materials like crushed beer cans and drug bags, created this recycled wonder for a new hotel in Williamsburg.

Sarah Goodyear

10 Places to Find Peace and Quiet in Manhattan

True silence may be impossible to find in New York City, but these spots are as close as you can get.