Buzz saw flies across New York sidewalk, cuts woman on the leg

This camera security footage captured yesterday shows a 3-foot circular saw flying from a water pipe construction site and across a sidewalk full of people at 48th Street and Ninth Avenue, in New York. The buzz saw traveled for about 100 feet before hitting a tree and then a woman, cutting her leg. » 5/29/14 12:00am 5/29/14 12:00am

Walk Manhattan's Entire 32-Mile Shoreline In 25 Images

This past Saturday, people from all over the world gathered for an event known as the Great Saunter: a 12-hour walk around Manhattan's perimeter. The 32-mile pilgrimage in the midst of spring's bloom brought us through 20 waterfront parks, a surprise farmer's market, underneath historic bridges, and within parting and… » 5/06/14 4:00pm 5/06/14 4:00pm

Why NYC Is Building This $185 Million "Tunnel to Nowhere"

Since it's right next to the largest private construction project NYC has ever seen, you could easily miss it: A 35-foot-deep trench being dug on Manhattan's West Side. It looks something like a grave, or an archaeological dig, but no—this is an 800-foot-long insurance plan for the future of the city. » 4/28/14 3:20pm 4/28/14 3:20pm

Parts of New York City Are Built on the Ruins of English Cathedrals

Last week, Jalopnik's Michael Ballaban posted about what is easily one of my favorite urban stories of all time, which is that parts of Manhattan are actually built on the wartime ruins of English towns—churches, homes, pubs, libraries, shops, and businesses—all shipped to the U.S. as ballast during World War II. » 12/23/13 11:00am 12/23/13 11:00am

Photo Essay Artfully Documents Walk Around the Perimeter of Manhattan

I love the idea of the single-day photo project. For the photographer, it's the chasing of a singular purpose and imposing of strict limitations that push your creativity. For the viewer, it's the simplicity and connection to time that can make such a series really resonate. » 12/17/13 4:10pm 12/17/13 4:10pm

Four of America's Tallest Towers Will Rise Within Blocks of Each Other

While most of the supertall building boom spotlight has been placed China and the UAE over the past few months, there's an even more staggering development happening much, much closer to home. At least four 1,000-foot-plus skyscrapers are set to rise along (or adjacent to) West 57th Street over the next few years,… » 9/18/13 11:00am 9/18/13 11:00am

This Map of NYC Is Based on Directions Drawn By Complete Strangers

Have you given a dude in a blue hat directions around Manhattan recently? Did he have a Century 21 shopping bag? If so, there’s a good chance you’ve unwittingly participated in the art (gasp!) of Nobutaka Aozaki, who is building a map of Manhattan based on directions drawn by strangers. » 8/14/13 1:52pm 8/14/13 1:52pm

How a Slanted Skyscraper Will Share Sunshine With the High Line

When you build a monolithic tower that reaches hundreds of feet up into the sky, it's going to cast a shadow. That can be a big problem for those on the ground, if they'd like to occasionally see the sun. But the designers of a new building being planned in lower Manhattan have figured out a way around the problem: … » 6/21/13 2:12pm 6/21/13 2:12pm

Planning For the Next Sandy, Manhattan Building Installs a $250k Gate

After Hurricane Sandy blew through New York in October, the lion's share of media coverage focused on the beachfront, where damage was most visible. In lower Manhattan, though, the nine-foot storm surge took a subterranean toll, ruining millions of dollars worth of mechanical systems and forcing many developers to… » 4/16/13 10:40am 4/16/13 10:40am