Are LG's New Headquarters Really a "Public Shame"?

New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman is on a roll lately in his quest to hold architects accountable for their design shortcomings. His latest target? The firm HOK, which he says has turned tech manufacturer LG's new headquarters into an "eyesore." » 4/15/14 5:35pm Yesterday 5:35pm

The Obscure Loophole That Explains Why Thieves Prefer Old, Junky Cars

Who wants to steal crappy old cars better suited for the junkyard than the road? Car thieves with a fine understanding of New York law, of course. While car thefts have gone way down in New York, thefts of junky old cars has gone up—all because a quirk in the state's laws makes it easier to turn junk into profit. » 4/09/14 3:40pm 4/09/14 3:40pm

These Time-Warp Photos Show Six Cities In the Past and Present

Cities change: skyscrapers go up, row houses are torn down, neighborhoods gentrify, earthquakes destroy. Vintage photographs of cities can be fascinating in and of themselves, but the familiar unfamiliarity of these time-warped photographs are especially intriguing. » 4/01/14 9:00am 4/01/14 9:00am

Get Out Of Here: A Springtime Guide To Urban Day Hikes

It's that time of year, when getting out of the city has never felt so good, escaping the salt-white concrete of winter and the waste-blown streets for the steadily-warming hills and forests outside town, stepping into the peripheral wilderness of the city for some early spring hikes. Gizmodo tied up its boots, donned… » 3/27/14 4:40pm 3/27/14 4:40pm

This $100+ Million Penthouse Will Be NYC's Priciest Apartment Ever

$100 million apartments aren't the norm in NYC, but with "vertical mansions" bubbling up all over, it's only a matter of time. This triplex, which the Wall Street Journal describes as "the city's most expensive apartment," is the latest contender. » 3/26/14 12:00pm 3/26/14 12:00pm

A Tour of The Royal Tenenbaums, Wes Anderson's Only Film Shot in NYC

Throughout his career, Wes Anderson has set each of his films in an idiosyncratic and highly stylized world. Yet, only one of his eight films is set in NYC: The Royal Tenebaums, widely considered his masterpiece. In celebration of Wes Anderson's latest film The Grand Budapest Hotel, we present eight NYC film locations… » 3/20/14 9:00am 3/20/14 9:00am

Neon Lights Make These NYC Water Towers Into Inter-Dimensional Portals

Have you ever stuck your head up a water tower? Wait, what? You haven't? Well, here's your chance. On display at Madison Square Park in New York right now are three water towers, each illuminated with neon lights and mirrors. Even if you're not in New York, you can take a look at these trippy photos. » 3/18/14 3:00pm 3/18/14 3:00pm

Watch This Supercut of Empty Seinfeld Scenes In Which Nothing Happens

Bless you, LJ Frezza, whomever you are, for piecing together this glorious supercut of building exteriors and empty living rooms from Seinfeld. It's amazing how much time we spend looking at empty shots in which nothing is happening. Just a building and the sound of a couple of plunky notes played on a bass. » 3/12/14 2:24pm 3/12/14 2:24pm

Google Glass, Mines, and Hipsters: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Is Google Glass really "killing cities" or just the douchebags who wear them? Are mines bringing cities down—literally? Is the Bowery doomed? Is Berlin really over? We examine these questions and more, in this week's edition of What's Ruining Our Cities. » 3/07/14 4:40pm 3/07/14 4:40pm

The Soaring and Nearly Forgotten Arches of New York City

Beautiful arches, like the art deco skeletal system of a lost urban era, can be found throughout New York City, from Grand Central Terminal to bars and restaurants. Created with tiles by the Spanish father-and-son duo, Rafael Guastavino and his junior namesake, these structures were also marvels of artistic… » 3/06/14 11:20am 3/06/14 11:20am