This Map Shows Manhattan Transform from the Countryside to a Metropolis

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. » 10/10/14 5:46pm 10/10/14 5:46pm

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