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New York City


The legacy of Robert Moses

Moses, in the totality of his reign as ‘Master Builder,’ “built 13 bridges, 416 miles of parkways, 658 playgrounds, and 150,000 housing units, spending $150 billion in today’s dollars” across the City of New York.


Law protecting gay students lacks enforcement mechanism

For years, Sade Singh, a Brooklyn-born, self-proclaimed “activist” teenager who lives in Hollis, Queens, watched from afar as individuals around her who identified as gay, lesbian and transgender were harassed — by overt displays of bigotry in her community and occasional incidents of intolerance at her school, Queens Collegiate High School in Jamaica. “I know [...]


  The people’s choice

An interesting power-to-the-people experiment is taking place in New York City, with some taxpayers getting a much bigger say about how their tax dollars are being spent. It’s called participatory budgeting.


Photo: Smoke from above

On this day in 1945, a U.S. Army B-25 Mitchell bomber en route to Newark Airport in New Jersey crashed into the upper floors of the Empire State Building.


Photo: What lies beneath

Just what IS hiding underneath those nasty piles of city snow?


Oh, and Happy Evacuation Day

A day, now forgotten, when the British beat their retreat from New York, leaving the new nation to finally get down to the business of becoming its bratty self.


iSpy New York City

Recently, we stumbled across Greg Schmigel’s beautiful collection of NYC-based black-and-white photos taken with his humble iPhone. These photos work precisely because their charming insouciance is the ultimate expression of “point and shoot.”


Photo: Happy Birthday John!

On Saturday, John Lennon would have turned 70 years old.


The thin green line: Investing in urban parks

A new report has found that, in spite of the recession, cities are investing in urban parks. Alison Stewart tours one such park — an old elevated rail line in New York City.

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