New York

How to Game the Zoning Codes to Build Supertall Skyscrapers

Three supertall New York City skyscrapers reveal just how creative lawyers can be in gaming the city’s zoning codes.

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Escaping Reality Through the TWA Hotel

It’s now a fantasy-steeped hotel honoring the airport design of a bygone era, but the TWA Flight Center at New York’s JFK Airport was never quite real.

U.S. Cities Are Seeing a Big Drop in Tourism From China

Travel from China to the U.S. fell for the first time in over a decade. That could mean money lost for big cities as well as smaller places near national parks.

Cars sit in a crosswalk.

What if More People Could Issue Parking Tickets?

Washington, D.C., considers training a group of residents to give tickets for some parking violations. Would it make streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists?

The Problem With Outlawing Distracted Walking

A New York lawmaker wants to fine pedestrians who text while crossing streets. Street-safety advocates say that’s ineffective, and may even cause more harm.

The Surprising History of Politics and Design in Playgrounds

There are more than 2,000 playgrounds spread across New York City. Ariel Aberg-Riger explores the creative and political history of concrete jungle’s jungle gyms.

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The Glamour of the Jet Age Lives on at the TWA Hotel

A swinging hotel just opened inside the defunct 1960s-era terminal designed by Eero Saarinen at New York’s JFK Airport.

An orange-and-black monarch butterfly alights on an outstretched hand.

Designing the Butterfly-Friendly City

With the population of the distinctive species in decline, cities around the U.S. are trying to add monarch-friendly spaces.

What I Learned By Listening to My Neighbors Fight

In a dense city that’s filled with humans, neighbors become spectators to one another’s personal lives.

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The Technology That Could Transform Congestion Pricing

As cities like New York move ahead with plans to charge motorists to enter certain urban areas, we need to think about the best ways to manage road tolling.

The Architecture Behind Columbia's Manhattanville Ambitions

A new campus has a mandate to better connect the institution to the world, but its presence has left neighbors asking, “What about us?”

A Brief History of Neon Signage in Cities

The once-ubiquitous form of lighting was novel when it first emerged in the early 1900s, though it has since come to represent decline.

Solar panels on a New York City rooftop.

New York City Passes Sweeping Climate Legislation

The Climate Mobilization Act lays the groundwork for New York City’s own Green New Deal.

The Latest Trend in Co-Working: Child Care

In the booming co-working industry, some companies are standing out by opening their space up for children and working parents alike.

Congested New York City streets.

How New York Finally Passed Congestion Pricing

With a subway crisis looming, the political stars aligned to impose fees for driving on Manhattan’s most traffic-filled streets.

Cities Deserve Better Than These Thomas Heatherwick Gimmicks

The “Vessel” at New York’s Hudson Yards—like so many of his designs—look as if the dystopian world of 1984 has been given a precious makeover.

A woman looks out over Manhattan from a glass-walled observation deck in a skyscraper.

Inside Hudson Yards, Manhattan’s Opulent New Mini-City

With super-tall glass towers, a luxury mall, and a ’grammable urban spectacle, Hudson Yards is very much a development of its time.

A bail bonds sign hangs on the side of a bail bonds business near Brooklyn's courthouse complex and jail.

New York City Looks to Eliminate Hidden Bail Fees

As they await statewide action to eliminate cash bail, city council members look to reduce the financial burden on families of incarcerated people.

How Marvel Packs a Universe Into New York City

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a massive mythos with the Big Apple at its center. Here’s what Spider-Man, Iron Man, and other superheroes say about their city.

A photo of Democratic Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a car in October 2018

Should AOC's Public Transportation Choices Matter?

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has come under fire for using cars instead of the subway. Some of those critics are right.