Nicole Javorsky

Nicole Javorsky

Nicole Javorsky is an editorial fellow at CityLab.

We Found Love in the Gig Economy

“I never thought I’d marry a man through Uber.”

A classroom of students taking a quiz.

How Car Pollution Hurts Kids’ Performance in School

When students switch to schools downwind of major roads, their test scores fall and their absences increase, according to new research.

a photo of a high school in Jamaica, Queens, which is an example of modern architecture in Queens

This Architecture Historian Wants You to Respect Queens

It’s time to look beyond Manhattan, according to architectural historian Frampton Tolbert. His new project documents the overlooked postwar buildings of Queens.

A police officer displays a handgun checked in during a community gun buy-back program.

Teen Suicide Rates Are Higher In States Where More People Own Guns

A new study finds a striking correlation at the state level between rates of household gun ownership and youth suicide.

Men in reflective vests carry trash away from a historic site in Philadelphia.

National Parks Get Some Volunteer Love During Government Shutdown

With National Park Service employees furloughed and trash mounting, cleaning up “helped me feel like I was doing as much as I could,” said one volunteer.

A photo of a child waving home-made flags during a rally by youth activists and others in support of a high-profile climate change lawsuit in Seattle..

The Year of the Affected Generation

On issues like climate change and gun violence, younger people demanded a louder voice in 2018.

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Inside the Bill That Set the ‘Strongest Clean Energy Requirement in the Nation’

Washington, D.C. is on track to set a more ambitious timeline for fighting climate change than any state.

A Chinese takeout box and a Christmas tree

The Data Doesn’t Lie: Chinese Food Really Is a Christmas Tradition

We used Yelp and Google Trends data to see if people really swap the eggnog for chow fun.

Firefighters battling the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, California.

Communities of Color Are More Vulnerable to Wildfire

A study finds census tracts that are majority black, Hispanic, or Native American experience about 50 percent greater vulnerability to wildfire.

A photo of a group of monks paying their respects at a makeshift memorial outside the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

After the Tree of Life Attack, Synagogues Seek Balance Between Safety and Openness

With anti-Semitic hate crimes on the rise, security fears are a growing part of synagogue design.

A lawn in Los Angeles decorated to look like a cemetery for Halloween.

Looking for Affordable Housing? Try Near a Cemetery

Live near the dead. You just might get a discount on your home, and have (very, very) quiet neighbors.

Kids eating pizza in costume on Halloween.

The Towns Where Trick-or-Treaters May Run Afoul of the Law

From California to Maryland, local ordinances penalize trick-or-treating by teens, after 8 p.m., or even while wearing a mask.  

Three people inspect flood damage to an apartment.

First Come the Floodwaters, Then Comes the Mold

After a hurricane or tropical storm, mold, which can cause health problems, spreads easily in flooded homes and is difficult (or expensive) to remove.

A man wipes his forehead in a park on a hot summer day.

Climate Change Might Be Bad for Your Mental Health, Too

Average monthly highs above 86 degrees Fahrenheit increase the probability of mental-health issues, a new study finds.

A portrait of Elizabeth Jennings Graham

The Woman Who Fought Transit Segregation in 19th-Century New York

Before Rosa Parks, there was Elizabeth Jennings.

A large adventure playground with towers and slides.

A Short Guide to Tulsa’s New $465 Million Park

If Volcanoville and Charlie’s Water Mountain aren’t enough for you, what about a boating pond and a skate park?

The cooling tower of a nuclear power plant.

Nuclear Power Plants Brace for Hurricane Florence

The Union of Concerned Scientists has questioned whether two plants, in North Carolina and Virginia, are ready for a megastorm.

visualization of weather patterns

Mapping the Unequal Burden of Hurricane Florence

The path of the powerful storm is only one way to understand the scope of its likely burden.

A small cottage stands on high stilts in Florida.

New Florida Keys Cottages Are Storm-Proof Affordable Housing

After the destruction of Hurricane Irma, the Florida Keys Community Land Trust started building affordable cottages that can withstand the next storm.

Stella Bowles stands on a riverbank.

How One Kid Stopped the Contamination of a River

To halt the illegal flow of raw sewage into Nova Scotia’s LaHave River, it took a determined 11-year-old with water samples and a Facebook page.

A toddler and a man play a giant Connect Four game in a park.

What’s the Deal With Giant Games in Parks and Plazas?

Playable cities are here, and they want you to stay awhile.