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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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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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On the Trail of New York's Greatest Trees

One writer is setting out to find all 60 of the specimens on the city’s list of notable arbors amid the concrete.

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Why People Are So Upset About Wall Street's 'Fearless Girl'

The sculpture is currently set to remain on display until 2018, but critics are calling for its immediate removal.

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Why Can't 'The Get Down' Find Its Groove?

The series has great material to work with. So why is the story about hip-hop’s origins falling flat?

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How Alice Neel Painted Harlem

The artist’s portraits of neighbors, icons, and strangers show a keen and democratic attention to detail.

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Groove Out to 24 Hours of New York Transit With the 'Multimodal Symphony'

A chaotic animation portrays a full day of New York traffic, from buses to taxis to ferries to Amtrak.

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New York Can't Afford to Lose Its Foreclosure Prevention Services Now

The program has helped tens of thousands of families escape mortgage default. The state can’t let those funds dry up.

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NYC Readers! Come Play With Us at Our Next HappyHourLab

We’ll be building worlds at a board-game cafe.

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How To End Housing Discrimination Against Transgender People

When it comes to housing access, New York City is an especially hard place to live for trans and gender non-conforming people.

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The New Podcast Spotlighting NYC's Street Musicians

StreetMusicMap Radio gives buskers another kind of platform.

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Leave the Liberal City Alone

America’s biggest, wealthiest cities aren’t succeeding at the expense of others, and breaking them up just doesn’t make sense.

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Want Safer Streets? Take Design Cues From the Snow

It’s never too late for #sneckdown season.

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Photographing the Souls of Megacities

This photographer embarked on a quest to commemorate the human sides of 22 bustling cities.

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What Happens If a Nuclear Bomb Goes Off in Manhattan?

A computer model is in the works to simulate how New Yorkers would respond in the the first 30 days after a nuclear attack.

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When Cities Went Electric

You might know about Tesla vs. Edison. In cities, it was Edison vs. Westinghouse.

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For Most Cities, the Tech Boom Is a Bust

Contrary to technology’s image as an equalizer, digital service jobs in United States have clustered and concentrated in a select few metros.

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In New York, The Risk of Displacement Goes Far Beyond Brooklyn

Low-income residents are likely to be priced out of neighborhoods that stretch from New Brunswick, New Jersey, to New Haven, Connecticut.