New York

Library of Congress

New York State's Curious, Century-Old Law Requiring Every City and Town to Have a Historian

Is this still a good idea?

Google/Nate Berg

Your Body Is a Wondermap

The cartographic utility of human appendages and the places they resemble.

Vertaline

The Rudest City in America? It's Buffalo, Jerkface

You're more likely to get an "F--- you" than a "Good morning" in Buffalo, according to a survey of potty-mouthed Twitter users.

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Percent of the Day: 2 out of 3 New Yorkers Now Support More Bike Lanes

Citizens are considerably more friendly to bike lanes now than they were last year.

This Is Now

Seeing a City Through Instagram

A real-time stream of every photo taken in five cities.

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We Want You: City Data Edition

A new portal will collect open streams from different cities, making for easier comparisons.

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Abandoned Tunnel Use of the Day: An Underground Disco

London pays tribute to Saturday Night Fever with a party in some abandoned train tunnels.

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Census Accuracy Report Shakes Up Municipal Challenges

Cities might not want to question the nation's people counters.

New York City: The Nation's Second Leading Tech Hub

In the last few years, New York has risen to prominence in the world of tech start-ups.

A 'Photographic Census' Captures New York's Characters

Tips on street portraits from New York's resident photographer.

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Turning Old Beer Bottles Into Garden Mulch

Is there anything high-speed flexible impactors can't flail into gold?

Brooklyn Castle

The Dark Cloud Hanging Over the Feel-Good Inner City Education Story of the Week

You'd think the national champion chess team at Intermediate School 318 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, wouldn't have to worry about their program's continued funding. But you'd be wrong.

Elena Olivo

Why the Federal Government Should Give More Power to Mayors

America's metro areas generate 80 percent of the country's GDP. But so far, that economic reality has not generated a proportional amount of political clout.

Sarah Goodyear

Supporting Local Business with the Muscle of a 'Cash Mob'

At events all over the country, neighbors who want their money to stay local are swarming mom-and-pop shops.

Sarah Goodyear

You Can Live the Tiny House Dream in a Brooklyn Backyard

An artist offers up a cabin experience in the city as an experiment in bartering for space.

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A New Law of Intercity Mobility

A group of network researchers proposes a "radiation model" of migration that more accurately predicts patterns of commuting, disease spread, and more.

Paul Lowry

A Complete History of the Park Slope Food Coop's Boycotts

The Brooklyn grocery is in the news for wanting to ban products from Israel, but over the years it's also exiled grapes, apples, sugar, light bulbs, water, tuna salad, etc., etc.

John Locke

How New York Pay Phones Became Guerrilla Libraries

Artist John Locke is converting obsolete Manhattan phone booths into mini libraries. Now if only people would stop stealing his entire book collection.

MAIG

What's the Story Behind That Gun-Violence Super Bowl Ad?

America's mayors have joined up to battle criminal-gun trafficking... and to make entertaining football commercials, apparently.