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

Amazon Is Opening a Brick-and-Mortar Store in Manhattan

Amazon, the cyber store that sells everything, plans to open its first physical store at 7 W 34th Street in Midtown Manhattan just in time for the holiday season. The experimental store will work as a mini-warehouse for some same day deliveries in New York. It'll surely serve as a nice little billboard, too. » 10/09/14 2:38pm 10/09/14 2:38pm

How I Learned to Love Supertalls (And Why You Should Too)

The New York skyline is defined by two things: height and change. While Manhattan's new buildings have always tended towards tall, the current wave of projects pushing the city back to the top of the global totem pole are "supertalls": skyscrapers standing over 1,000 feet. This is a good thing. » 10/03/14 4:15pm 10/03/14 4:15pm

Skyscraper-Scaling Teen Instagrammers Are Getting Busted By Police

Is there a skyscraper or construction site in the New York City area without a precocious teen Instagrammer on top? NBC reports that Demidism, the 17-year-old who climbed the unfinished 432 Park, has been arrested for trespassing. Meanwhile, the 16-year-old who climbed One World Trade Center this spring has been… » 9/30/14 1:29pm 9/30/14 1:29pm

These Mesmerizing Cityscapes Are Stitched Together From Dozens of Photos

No one ever lingers on their commute home—at least not on purpose. But photographer Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao has made a career of it by setting up his camera at the busiest, most recognizable places in the city and... waiting. Then, he stitches together dozens of shots into incredibly complex panoramas that capture hours… » 9/25/14 4:36pm 9/25/14 4:36pm

Why Sprawling LA Could Be Denser Than NYC in a Decade

By 2025, the biggest cities in the world will not only be bigger, but exceptionally denser. According to a new study, Hong Kong will be the densest megacity on the planet, almost twice as crowded as the runner up. And here in the U.S.—and this might be a real shocker—Los Angeles may be more dense than New York City. » 9/24/14 7:30pm 9/24/14 7:30pm

The Brilliant Plan to Build a Gondola From Williamsburg to Manhattan

Williamsburg has a problem. The neighborhood's become so popular so quickly that some fear local infrastructure will buckle under the exploding population. Anybody who's ridden the L train lately knows this problem all too well. But that's nothing a few crazy people and a gondola can't solve. » 9/16/14 11:52am 9/16/14 11:52am

Watch Recycled Paper Go From NYC Trash to Brand-New Boxes

New York City fills recycle bins with tons and tons of discarded paper. That cast-off fiber lives to serve another day, thanks to the wonders of recycling. NYC Sanitation's director of photography Michael Anton followed that voyage from start to finish, creating this beautiful timelapse of the process. » 9/11/14 10:43am 9/11/14 10:43am

Fatbergs, Naked Tourists, Bedbugs: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Summer's almost over but that doesn't mean we can't have one last warm-weather, city-ruining hurrah. Let's check out some exhibitionist visitors to Barcelona, unwelcome new passengers on the NYC subway, and an airplane-sized mass of congealed fat moving under London. What's Ruining Our Cities? These guys are. » 9/07/14 2:00pm 9/07/14 2:00pm