NYC Is Home to a Hyper-Real Simulation of a Massive Nevada Solar Plant

In the desert near Tonopah, Nevada, a circular sea of oversized mirrors— 10,000 mirrors—follow the sun, and direct its rays onto the power tower in the center of the Crescent Dunes solar energy plant. Now, in the middle of Manhattan, a computer-generated visualization of that scene glitters on an LED wall outside… » 10/15/14 11:31am Wednesday 11:31am

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

Explore the Largest Steam Pipe System in the World, Hidden Beneath NYC

In its latest adventure, New York Times' Living City series explores the city's enormous underground steam distribution system. Unlike anywhere in the world, New York hides away the largest steam system that powers all types of humidification sources, preserving museum art to even dishwashers in every restaurant… » 10/09/14 4:34pm 10/09/14 4:34pm

Watch Workers Blow Up Bedrock to Make Way for NYC's Second Ave Subway

After years and years of deliberation, the first phase of the Second Avenue subway is finally getting built. The effort is a lot more complex than you'd even imagine. The New York Times takes us behind the scenes in its third installment of the Living City series—showing us the unintended byproduct of heavy… » 10/02/14 2:32pm 10/02/14 2:32pm

The Dirty, Dilapidated, and Delightful Water Towers of New York City

New Yorkers: How well do you know your local skyline? Enough to be able to tell these 23 water towers apart, and place them in the borough where they belong? It's a day ending in "y" which means—hey look, Popchartlab has a new print out! This time the team has icon-ized a selection of the city's distinctive (and often… » 9/30/14 5:00pm 9/30/14 5:00pm

This Storage Cube Could Be Your Personal Assistant

The last time I used a storage cube it was called a cubby, and I shoved finger-painted cardboard and mittens in it because I was 5. I suspect I'm not alone. If Arthur Shmulevsky has his way, storage cubes will graduate to much broader use than crayon receptacles. His startup, Clean Cube, provides a space for all your… » 9/29/14 3:18pm 9/29/14 3:18pm

A Bittersweet Walk On the High Line's Latest (and Last) Leg

For the past five years, New Yorkers have enjoyed that linear green thoroughfare known as the High Line, which has been slowly extending up the West Side of Manhattan since 2009. Yesterday, the third and final phase of the park was completed, and it's both happy and sad—that a great project was seen to completion, and… » 9/24/14 4:36pm 9/24/14 4:36pm

This Mysterious NYC Castle Was Actually America's First Cancer Hospital

On the southwest corner of Central Park West and 106th Street in New York City, there's an enormous castle. It takes up the whole east end of the block, with its red brick cylindrical turrets topped with gleaming silver cones. The stained glass windows and intricate stonework make the building look like something out… » 9/19/14 5:30pm 9/19/14 5:30pm

NYPD Is Begging for Twitter Followers By Passing Out Fliers Underground

Following in the grand tradition of that woman who always asks you for money and that guy with the pamphlets about how the Apocalypse cometh, the NYPD is begging for new followers for its L-train-specific Twitter account the only way it knows how: By shoving fliers in the faces of passersby on their way to work. » 9/18/14 12:14pm 9/18/14 12:14pm

The Dark, Glamorous World of One of NYC's Real-Life Mad Men

New York in the years after World War II was a city more prosperous and more modern than anything the world had seen—and it spawned a whole culture unto itself, distributed in newspapers, magazines, and advertisements. This was the era of Madison Avenue Men, and Mac Conner was their illustrator. » 9/09/14 11:15am 9/09/14 11:15am

How NYC Would Respond to an Actual Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Attack

It's been 30 years since the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man first squished through Manhattan. With Ghostbusters returning to theaters tomorrow for an anniversary run, we thought it appropriate to consider a very serious question: How would New York City actually fight an evil god in the form of a marshmallow man?… » 8/28/14 1:00pm 8/28/14 1:00pm

NYC District Attorney Seriously Subpoenas Parody Bike Twitter Account

For reasons that still aren't entirely clear, in July someone swapped in bleached-out U.S. flags on the Brooklyn Bridge. Almost immediately, Twitter parody @BicycleLobby claimed responsibility. Yesterday, according to the New York Times, the Manhattan district attorney's office subpoenaed the anonymous account. » 8/09/14 4:00pm 8/09/14 4:00pm

Big Apple Apocalypse: 200 Years of Destroying New York City

Futurist thinkers have rarely been kind to New York City. In fact, writers and artists have spent the better part of two centuries destroying the Big Apple. Whether by flood or fire, nuclear explosion or alien invasion, New York more than any other city bears the brunt of our most apocalyptic futures. And perhaps no… » 8/07/14 4:00pm 8/07/14 4:00pm

I Floated 1,000 Feet Above NYC In the MetLife Blimp

We've all seen the MetLife blimp, emblazoned with Snoopy, floating slowly along the NYC skyline once a year every summer. Far fewer have seen the view from inside the blimp. But this month, I was lucky enough to ride along with British-born pilot Mark Finney as he steered MetLife's 20-year-old Snoopy 1 along this… » 7/28/14 11:01am 7/28/14 11:01am

Someone Finally Built the Ultimate Urban Bike

The road to building a dream bike is fraught with potholes—it's easy to throw together a bunch of wacky ideas into a build and end up with something very far from perfect. This is not one of those bikes. This is Horse Bicycles's "Merge," a collaboration with Pensa Design Studios, who set out to build the perfect urban… » 7/28/14 12:00am 7/28/14 12:00am