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 Yesterday 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 Thursday 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

A Trip On the Hybrid Crane-Boats That Pull Wreckage from NYC Harbor

The US Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for keeping debris out of New York's Harbor, whether it's dead whales, helicopters, driftwood, or floating docks. Without the Corps the harbor and the outlying beaches of the Rockaways and the Jersey Shore would be filled with massive pieces of debris and ships would risk… » 7/25/14 2:52pm 7/25/14 2:52pm

NYC Is Getting the Tallest Residential Building On Earth

The last time we wrote about the Nordstrom Tower, it was due to become one of the tallest buildings of the development boom in NYC's most insufferable neighborhood, Midtown East. But new leaked drawings show that its developers are actually planning the tallest residential building in the world. » 7/11/14 11:00am 7/11/14 11:00am

Ask Tim Wu—The Guy Who Coined "Net Neutrality"—Anything

Tim Wu is a busy man. When he's not teaching law at Columbia or writing for The New Yorker, he's testifying before Congress about the FCC proposed net neutrality. And as of last month, Wu is running for lieutenant governor of New York State. Busy might not be the right term, actually. Tim Wu is brimming with purpose. » 7/09/14 12:47pm 7/09/14 12:47pm

Watch How American Cities Grew Through Thousands of Historic Maps

Good thing it's almost the holiday weekend and you don't need to be productive because the USGS just launched a heck of a time-wasting website. Now you can explore cities through beautiful old maps, some dating all the way back to 1884. But here's the best part: You can mix and match many maps to tell your own… » 7/02/14 6:00pm 7/02/14 6:00pm

This Nifty Tool Turns Google Street View Into a Graffiti Time Machine

Graffiti may be ephemeral, but then there's Google Street View with its all-seeing camera. Inspired by Google's recent to move to let users go back in time in Street View, Brian Foo at the New York Public Library Labs thought he could make us look at street graffiti from a new perspective—through time. » 6/25/14 3:03pm 6/25/14 3:03pm

Tracking Brooklyn's Rapid-Fire Gentrification With Google Street View

Open any issue of The New York Times, and you're all but guaranteed to hit a passing reference to the mecca of all things gentrified and hip: Brooklyn, New York. But the real testament to the borough's changing face lies not in trend pieces, but in the nearly unrecognizable streets and buildings themselves. » 6/23/14 2:24pm 6/23/14 2:24pm