For decades, native-born American Jews changed their names to improve their job prospects.
The demographics of name change petitioners today – and the reasons that they give – tell a complicated story of race, class and culture.
For cities that lost like New Jersey, there may be more than one way to win.
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Some say the more than 230 cities that lost their bids for Amazon's second headquarters were dupes in the retailer's game. In fact, they were willing participants with their own aims.
When The Village Voice shut down in August, the city’s protest movements lost one of their biggest champions.
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For decades, the alternative weekly's photographers served as the eyes of the streets, working with activists to document and publicize the anguish and rage of everyday New Yorkers.
The World Trade Center burns after being hit by planes in New York Sept. 11, 2001.
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An unprecedented onslaught from the US hasn't destroyed the terrorist organization. What is the secret of its resilience?
New York City will establish a minimum wage and a cap on the number of ridesharing drivers.
This could be the start of a new era where regulation of the gig economy allows for the right balance between flexibility and sustainability.
New York City is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, with 37 percent of its population foreign-born.
A sociologist interviewed hundreds of immigrants in New York, Barcelona and Paris. Here's what they say those cities get right — and do wrong — when integrating foreign-born residents.
The HBO series was a big hit in 2008, but is it still relevant two decades on?
Strong enough to do the job.
The 10,300 women serving in fire departments across the US face ill-fitting gear, hostility and sexism. But in the end, they say, people "don't care you're a woman when their house is on fire.'
Small tankers unload along New York’s Newtown Creek in 2008.
Gentrification is not the only path for improving urban neighborhoods. A cleanup in Brooklyn and Queens offers another, more inclusive model that scholars have dubbed 'just green enough.'
Long Island City’s 5Pointz, a mecca for graffiti artists, was demolished in 2014.
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A judge in New York City just awarded graffiti artists US$6.7 million after a developer whitewashed their murals. On the surface, it seems like a huge victory for street artists. But could it backfire?
Times Square traffic jam.
New York soon may charge a fee to drive into central Manhattan as a way of reducing traffic and raising funds for public transit. An urban scholar says this step is overdue in the United States.
Erica Garner takes part in a candlelight vigil.
Police violence is like a nuclear bomb. The initial impact only causes a fraction of the deaths to come.
In Los Angeles, the architecture firm KTGY is repurposing shipping containers to build a transitional apartment complex for the homeless.
Three innovative projects set to be completed this year are geared toward strengthening communities that have been left out of the economic recovery.
The Statue of Liberty casts a wary eye at the bike path that runs along the western edge of Manhattan, where the Oct. 31 attack occurred.
The president is urging lawmakers to end the program in the aftermath of the deadliest attack in New York City since 9/11. Doing so would be a mistake.
Police work near a damaged Home Depot truck on Nov. 1, 2017, after a motorist drove onto a bike path near the World Trade Center memorial.
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Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in the Manhattan bike path attack, wasn't a devout Muslim. He cursed and came late to prayers. A terrorism expert explains why such a man may want to be a martyr.
Plush toys, recovered from a flooded home, hang out to dry on a wrought iron gate in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Long after the hurricane's over and the power comes back, residents can still experience lasting mental health issues.
LeWeb 2014 start-up competition finalists. The popular conference went on hiatus for 2015.
Paris generates nearly a third of France’s GDP, yet the city falls short as a destination for immigrant entrepreneurs.
Cash-strapped Hartford is one of a number American cities that have missed out on the nation’s urban renaissance.
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In the country's wealthiest cities, gentrification is a dirty word. But it's all relative – just ask Hartford and Columbus.
A Dominican immigrant cuts the hair of a customer at her New York City salon.
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In New York City, hair salons are one of the few cultural spaces for Dominican women to bond. But they also perpetuate legacies of racism and colonialism.
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Lee's film about a drug dealer facing jail started shooting before the World Trade Centre attacks – and it captures New York through its period of trauma.