A couple of New York-based architectural and design firms are Kickstarting what could be the ultimate souvenir of the city—next to those tiny Statue of Libertys you can find everywhere. Imagine hanging an incredibly detailed 12-foot long model of the entire island of Manhattan on your wall.
On the latest episode of Manhattan, the physicists assigned to developing the gun model design for the atomic bomb hit a major obstacle that threatens to sink the gun model for good. It’s a dilemma ripped straight from the history books, along with the eventual solution.
Before the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges, there was High Bridge, arcing far above the Harlem River to connect Manhattan to the Bronx. Originally designed as an aqueduct in 1848, the bridge was closed for the past 40 years until a ribbon-cutting yesterday reopened it to foot traffic.
No question, an 800-kiloton nuclear warhead detonated over midtown Manhattan would destroy the city. But the warhead's sheer power is hard to fully grasp: roads so hot it's impossible to drive for days, superheated hurricane-force winds, and 100 square miles of fire.
It's hard to imagine, but Manhattan used to be a bunch of open fields and trees. Then, after a small Dutch fort turned into an important trading post, things began to change. And a new map project by the architects and coders at Morphocode lets you visualize the past 300 years of that process.
Microsoft has announced that it's opening its first Manhattan flagship store, and it will be on Fifth Avenue—just a few blocks from Apple's iconic glass cube.
Exactly 350 years ago today, New York City became New York City. The city itself already existed, of course: As the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam. But on September 8th, 1664, the British gave it its permanent moniker, which makes today its name-day.
Watch out 432 Park Avenue. There's a new super skyscraper slated for 125 Greenwich Street in Lower Manhattan, and this new tower will be tall. It will be eye-catching. And it will be expensive—so expensive, they're building three floors just for maids.
Apple's been on a tear to protect the look of its retail experiences, trademarking the design of its stores and patenting its proprietary see-through staircases. Now its glass cube flagship store in Manhattan is officially a patented design in the U.S., with "Steve P. Jobs" listed as one of the inventors.
The footprint of Manhattan's been expanding since the 17th century, when early New Yorkers began their first project to infill its shoreline. A huge part of the island we know today is built on artificial pilings. Now, it might get its biggest expansion in years.
As summer rolls in with its heat and its sun, we're all thinking of fleeing toward the beaches. For New Yorkers, that could soon be a beach on a reclaimed barge, floating along the Hudson River. Could it actually work? We talked to City Beach's structural engineer to find out.
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.
A bridge crane the size of a city block begins work, laying a new foundation for skyscrapers that will soon stand over the East Hudson Rail Yards. [Nicholas Stango]
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…
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.
New Yorkers have said plenty of negative things about the super-expensive supertalls going up in Manhattan. They tower over their neighbors. They cast shadows over Central Park. But no one has yet equated them with anorexic women—until the May 2014 issue of Vanity Fair.
An incredible aerial view of the East River side of Manhattan, taken in July 1944.
How paying people to be parents has created a baby boom in Finland. Decoding the maybe-too-flashy urban renewal of once-dangerous Medellín, Colombia. And why a long-standing rivalry between Boston and New York led to the first American subways. Here are today's Urban Reads.