New York

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.

Citi Bikes are pictured.

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.

Books on a shelf of the Brooklyn Public Library's Bedford branch

Helping Homeless New Yorkers by the Books

With a new resident social worker, the Brooklyn Public Library is pushing staff and patrons toward a culture of inclusivity.

Mack Donohue, who has been homeless since 2008, carries his belongings into a shelter in Boston, Massachusetts February 27, 2015.

Rethinking Homeless Shelters From the Ground Up

One nonprofit wants to reward results, and change the funding model in the process.

Kamau Ware and a handful of tour-goers on the streets of the Financial District in New York

Retracing Black Gotham

A walking tour and graphic novel series memorialize Manhattan’s earliest African residents.

Michelle Echevarria sits with her baby in their Bronx apartment, which has a severe mold problem.

Why Asthma Is a Housing Issue

A bill introduced to New York’s City Council would compel landlords to eradicate mold, vermin, and other asthma triggers that are particularly pervasive in low-rent units.

The Shadow Banks of the Barrio

For many Latino immigrants in New York City, an informal network of unregulated loan operators serve as the lenders of last resort. But borrowers soon find themselves buried in seemingly endless debt and haunted by intimidation tactics.

Hands reaching up toward a floating globe

Four Cities Leading the Way Against Climate Change

New York City, Houston, Miami, and San Francisco have all taken steps to mitigate the risks associated with rising sea levels and global temperatures. Are their successes a blueprint for action at the state and local level?

A sign in front of sunflowers with a busy intersection in the background

Creating a Better Community Through Text Messages

As cities make their data more transparent and accountable, this project in New York found one way to use technology to engage the residents in the planning process—by prompting locals to text in ideas.

New York's Citi Bike Had Its First Fatal Crash

A man was killed Monday morning riding on a Citi Bike in Chelsea.

Ruth, 35 years old, has been working with flowers since she arrived to the United States at the age of 18. She works in a flower truck on the corner of White Plains Road and Story Avenue with her 3 sons and others.

A Neighborhood Look at Immigrant Life

These photos, taken by middle- and high-school students, reveal glimpses of the contributions immigrants make in their community in the South Bronx.

Behold the Power of the Seriously Loud Bike Horn

“It makes me laugh every time,” says a Brooklyn cyclist who uses an assault-grade bike horn.