New York

A cook chops vegetables and dumps the scraps in a sink filled with water

The Case for the Humble Garbage Disposal

From a waste-management perspective, the in-sink tool punches far above its weight.

A woman in a raincoat pushes her daughter in a shopping cart across a flooded street

How Do We Keep From Going Hungry During Disasters?

Storms and rising waters threaten cities’ food, but some municipalities are taking steps to keep shelves stocked and bellies full.

Times Square, 1970.

The New York That Belonged to the City

Hyper-gentrification turned renegade Manhattan into plasticine playground. Can the city find its soul again?

Farmers work on a farm near a construction site of new residential buildings in Shanghai in 2016

The Smells, Sounds, and Tastes of Future Cities

How might climate change and new technology cause upheavals in our sensorial landscape?

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Will Cities Ever Outsmart Rats?

The age-old strategy is “see a rat, kill a rat.” The new plan is to end an infestation before it ever begins.

An illustration of birds flying over the Javits Center green roof

Green Roofs Are Saving Birds and Hatching Bird-Watchers

When landscape architects attract flocks to urban centers, city dwellers are keen to look up.

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NYC Readers! Come to Our Next HappyHourLab

We’ll be searching for the city’s lost soul with “Vanishing New York” blogger and author Jeremiah Moss.

New York City May Stop Arresting Turnstile Jumpers

The practice of cracking down on subway fare evaders has its roots in “broken windows”-style policing.

A photograph of Alaudin Ullah's father, Habib Ullah, with his family in Spanish Harlem

Preserving the Legacy of Bengali Harlem

Author and filmmaker Vivek Bald is is highlighting the lost history of South Asian immigrants in America.

Do Driverless Cars Need Their Own Roads Around Manhattan?

A concept for AV expressways promises to reduce travel times, but falls into an old trap of car-centric planning.

Why Are Manhattan's Streets Getting Slower?

The average speed of traffic has been falling for years, and it’s having a ripple effect on the city’s transit network.

An empty storefront on a sidewalk with a "retail space for lease" sign in the window

How Cities Can Save Small Shops

Some places are already taking action, but New York City is lagging behind. Here’s a blueprint for keeping local retail healthy.

What's Inside a Neighborhood in a Box?

On the outskirts of New York City, a new housing model aimed at Millennials asks: What is city living?

A woman walks down a flooded sidewalk in knee-high water

The Cities Poised to Face Massive Flooding in the Not-So-Distant Future

“We have time to respond. We must use it wisely.”

An illuminated statue of E. coli in a park in lower Manhattan

New York City Salutes a Fecal Microbe That Sickens Millions

What better place for a giant statue of E. coli?

A kid with a Mohawk hairdo travels on the subway line number 2 in Shanghai

Would You Give Up Your Subway Seat to a Kid?

Readers (and riders) respond to a recent CityLab essay about who deserves to sit.

Where the Dogs Are in New York

One former dog-walker has set out to map the city’s varying degrees of doggy density.

A boy presses his face against the glass of a subway car at the Wall Street station in New York

No, Your Kid Can't Have My Subway Seat

When grown-ups cow to the youngest passengers, we’re doing them a disservice.

The mural, depicting Ellis Island, the Holocaust, and the Munich Olympics massacre, flaking off the side of its original home on the Lower East Side

How to Paint a Changing Neighborhood

A mural celebrating Jewish heritage anchored a wall on New York City's Lower East Side for 40 years, then disappeared overnight. Now, the original artists are looking to start over, and bringing newcomers along.

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A Stark Comparison of Parking Vs. Bike-Share Spaces

Watch New Yorkers swarm a Citi Bike station like mad ants while cars sit virtually idle across the street.