New York

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The Rush to Storm-Proof Waterfront Parks

The NYC Parks Department is laying out a set of guidelines to prevent parkland from getting swamped by rain and waves.

Mayoral Powers in the Age of New Localism

U.S. mayors are on the front lines of major global and societal change. It’s time for them to lead beyond the limits of their formal powers.

Diving Into New York's Trashy Past

A new exhibit explores the past, present, and future of waste management in New York City.

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New York's Subway Announcements Go Gender Neutral

MTA is instructing staff not to say “ladies and gentlemen” anymore, preferring “passengers” or “riders” instead.

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Can Local Candidates Ever Defeat the Political Machine?

It’s tough to break in to entrenched political systems, even at the local level. Here’s how four women navigated these dynamics in Queens.

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Everyone Should Fear What Happened to the Gothamist Sites

Five U.S. cities just lost a critical source of local news. The former LAist editor explains why it’s so troubling that they were silenced.

European Cities Figured Out E-Bikes. Why Won't New York?

Paris, Madrid, and Lisbon are making it easier than ever for residents to get a boost as they pedal around town. New York says that’s simply not allowed.

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Why Cities Are Working With Businesses to Fight Food Waste

In Nashville and New York, officials are leveraging relationships with companies and nonprofits to get smarter about food usage and disposal.

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Museums Are Uniquely Prepared for the Next Natural Disaster

Climate-resilient design is on the rise. Museums, seeking to protect their priceless art, are on this cutting edge.

A red flag on the beach warns swimmers of high surf and dangerous currents in the Rockaways in October 2017, five years after the area was ravaged by Sandy.

The Long Tail of a Storm

Five years after Superstorm Sandy, some effects still linger.

A truck dumps compost materials inside a receiving area at the Cedar Grove processing facility near Seattle, Washington.

How Much Food Do Cities Squander?

Researchers have unearthed the wasteful habits of households and businesses in Nashville, Denver, and New York—and created a blueprint for curbing them.

A scene from "NYsferatu" of the vampire's silhouette slowly melding into the city skyline.

'NYsferatu': A Vampire Tale Retold About a City's Paranoia

A new film from Andrea Mastrovito explores what we truly fear about monsters and the “other.”

Joseph Leader, the vice president of the New York MTA, inspects a flooded escalator down to a subway platform in the days after Hurricane Sandy.

How Hurricanes and Climate Change Will Flood New York City

A new study suggests that the next few hundred years won’t be smooth sailing.

A woman pushes a stroller past a pile of garbage bags on a snow bank next to a New York City sidewalk.

Is Garbage a Product of Bad Design?

A team of architects and planners has set out to prove that heaps of waste aren’t an immutable part of a city’s topography.

Preserving the Meaning of Lesbian Bars

As gay people and places are more accepted than ever, their bars are dwindling in number—especially for women. Now artists are documenting what these spaces mean to the community.

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Building 'Never Built New York'

How Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin turned a book with 200 years of unrealized architectural dreams for five boroughs into a museum show.

In 'Neo Yokio,' Dystopia Looks All Too Real

The new Netflix show depicts New York City's problems in their most extreme, playfully modeling how the city shouldn’t be.

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NYC's Tall Order for Greener Buildings

Making existing buildings more energy-efficient can cost millions of dollars. But under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new mandate, owners must either upgrade or pay a hefty fine.

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How to Be a Good 'Night Mayor'

New York is the first major American city to create an official body to oversee nightlife. Here’s what it can learn from the European cities that have tried it so far.

Visitors take selfies and sit near the lion known as Patience on the steps of the New York Public Library in New York.

A 3-Hour Love Letter to the New York Public Library

Frederick Wiseman’s joyful new documentary celebrates the local branches as public space.