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Immigrant faces from the early 1900s watch Ellis Island visitors pick their way through a crumbling hospital. Immigrant faces from the early 1900s watch Ellis Island visitors pick their way through a crumbling hospital. Aimee VonBokel

Artists' installations enliven abandoned buildings

This fall, French street artist JR and American cinematographer Bradford Young each installed a series of portraits in crumbling New York buildings. The two projects were not coordinated, but together…
A new look for Lower Manhattan. A new look for Lower Manhattan. RBD Press

After Sandy, New York plans to rebuild by blue-green design

When Hurricane Sandy struck New York in 2012, it was a brutal wake up call for the Big Apple. That call should have also been heard by the citizens of every other coastal city and those responsible for…
Listening to the people? Bill de Blasio. Listening to the people? Bill de Blasio. William Alatriste

Challenge facing De Blasio after New York returns to Democrats

On Tuesday, Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, won New York’s mayoral election by a margin of about 46 percent, defeating Republican Joseph Lhota. His resounding victory apparently gave him a mandate for a policy…
The new normal? … Climate change will be at the forefront of discussion in the weeks following Hurricane Sandy. The new normal? … Climate change will be at the forefront of discussion in the weeks following Hurricane Sandy. Wandering the World/Flickr

After the deluge, what hope the politics of climate response?

I am writing with Hurricane Sandy having brought devastation to New York and the East coast of the United States. Much has been written on the politics of climate change. But until a few days ago, a severe…
The mayor of New York wants to restrict the serving size of sugar-sweetened drinks in the city. The mayor of New York wants to restrict the serving size of sugar-sweetened drinks in the city. Aidan/Flickr

Smaller drink sizes mean better health: lessons from New York City

New York City’s mayor has taken issue with “super-sized” serves of sugar-sweetened drinks and is proposing a limit on their serving size to a maximum 16 fluid oz (500 millilitres) at fast food outlets…
The numbers in Manhattan streets are far outnumbered by those on social media. The numbers in Manhattan streets are far outnumbered by those on social media. Don Emmert/AFP

#OccupyWallStreet …? I’ll be there, but on Twitter

On Saturday, hundreds of protestors congregated in the Wall Street area of New York at the start of a protest dubbed #OccupyWallStreet. The aim? To “flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens…

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