Jessica Leigh Hester

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The Past and Future of Urban Grocery Shopping

In his new book, Michael Ruhlman charts the overlap of food, commerce, and identity.

Brad Ogbonna

Retracing Black Gotham

A walking tour and graphic novel series memorialize Manhattan’s earliest African residents.

Filip Wolak

The Art of Noise

A new exhibition highlights the curious potential of sounds that are tempting to ignore.

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Does It Matter What We Do?

A new podcast and documentary take stock of individual choices against the backdrop of immense, looming threats.

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The World's Most Charming, Useless Bodega

In an uneasy critique of independent stores’ vanishing footprint, this art installation sells toilet paper, tins of fish, and tubs of ice cream, all made out of felt.

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What Family Photos Reveal About National Identity

The Royal Ontario Museum is staging an exhibition devoted to snapshots—and what it means to be Canadian.

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Rural America Is Hungry

Food insecurity is most prevalent in rural, southern counties—which often lack robust networks to meet the need.

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Driving Through New York State's Human-Rights History

The state’s latest tourism campaign makes a point to focus on sites at the center of the LGBT movement and the push for abolition and women’s suffrage.

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A Brief History of Music Festival Fails

To avoid the next Fyre Festival-style debacle, organizers should heed these five lessons.  

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Here's What Manhattan Sounded Like in 1609

A new virtual reality project reconstructs the city’s historic soundscape.

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How to Disappear

Is it possible to move through a smart city undetected?

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The Rituals of Coney Island's Opening Day

For locals, the urban amusement park season starts months before summer’s peak.

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These Sleek Soup Kitchens Fight Hunger and Loneliness

Chef Massimo Bottura’s Refettorios will soon land in U.S. cities to fight food waste and isolation, thanks to a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.

The Crowd & the Cloud

Citizen Science in the Age of the Cloud

A new documentary series celebrates regular folks interacting with data, but leaves some big questions answered.

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When Your City Is Gone

A new book invites Seattle residents to conjure the haunts that have vanished.

Tiffany Chen

Refugees Around the Table

A new campaign is hosting dinner parties around the world to build communities and strengthen networks.

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An Artist Swapped 'If You See Something, Say Something' Subway Posters With Pleas for Civic Engagement

“It’s a call to be vigilant everywhere.”

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Sense and the City

How did 18th-century urban dwellers make sense of their loud and stinky worlds? Historian Carolyn Purnell explains.