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.
AP Photo/Andres Kudacki
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.
Jessica Hill/AP Photo
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.
Seth Wenig/AP Photo
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.
A photograph of Penn Station’s interior from the 1930s.
We asked five architecture experts to name one building or structure they wish had been preserved, but couldn't resist the tides of decay, development and discrimination.
Back in the 1930s, people like this pear peddler in New York City’s Lower East Side often got their news from labor-led media.
The newspaper's new owners harken back to a tradition of labor-led media in the early part of the 20th century, which represented a bulwark against corporate power.
People have always asked for alms, including the men depicted in this 17th-century European etching.
Wenceslaus Hollar/The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The courts are saying that down-and-out Americans have a right to seek curbside alms despite efforts to ban the practice. Two scholars have come up with an alternative to anti-panhandling ordinances.
The Bronx River will never be the way it used to be, but it sure looks a lot better today than it did 20 years ago.
We can't return degraded landscapes to their original state but we can change the way people relate to their local environments.
In the work of many rappers today, the legacy of Tupac Shakur lives on.
Tupac's sensitivity, intelligence and creativity confronted the hostile forces that antagonized black youth across the country in the 1970s and 1980s.
Capturing the moment for the internet.
Yelp and Twitter can help us spot food poisoning outbreaks quickly. But a new study shows the data favor some communities over others.
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Just as Fitzgerald's career was taking off, jazz was under attack for its purported connection to drug culture. If she wanted to become a mainstream superstar, she needed to make a choice.
The original scroll on which the Marquis de Sade wrote the draft of ‘The 120 Days of Sodom.’
Christophe Ena/AP Photo
Arguably the most obscene and offensive work of fiction ever written is going to be sold in America as a mainstream classic for the first time.