That Time New York City Wanted to Put Highways On Top of Its Skyscrapers

Some might say New Yorkers had more money than sense in the Roaring Twenties. Somewhat profoundly, John K. Hencken's idea to build highways on top of skyscrapers in Manhattan required both. Bummer about that stock market crash—otherwise these elevated boulevards might have been built! Emphasis on the might have. » 3/30/15 6:10pm Monday 6:10pm

Inside New York City's Most Mysterious Architectural Time Capsule

For the past half century, 190 Bowery has been a legend. The six-story, 72-room former bank building on the fringes of SoHo looked like a war zone on the outside, crumbling and covered in graffiti. And the inside, the home of a photographer with insane real estate luck—well—nobody really knew what was inside. Until now » 3/18/15 11:20am 3/18/15 11:20am

I Saw the Future at New York's Uncanny Smithsonian Museum

It's weird to see a working Nest thermostat on display at a Smithsonian museum in Manhattan. It's even weirder to tinker with the gadget, pushing buttons and changing settings. But touching and tinkering with technology is the Cooper Hewitt future museum's specialty. » 3/12/15 10:00am 3/12/15 10:00am

The Crash of Delta 1086 Is Exactly Why Airlines Cancel Flights for Snow

We've all moaned and groaned over flights cancelled due to weather. It's maddening to miss your connection (or even your whole trip) because of bad weather, but incidents like today's crash of Delta 1086 in a snowy New York City are exactly why they make that tough call that can affect millions of travelers. » 3/07/15 2:14pm 3/07/15 2:14pm

The Amazing Photos Taken By a Crazy Subway Tunnel Spelunker 

Gregory Berg will be the first to tell you that he's insane. The New York-based photographer and urban spelunker likes climbing tall buildings and sneaking underground to photograph the parts of the subway most people never want to see. These are both crazy things to do. But the photos? They're amazing. » 3/05/15 7:00pm 3/05/15 7:00pm

Beautiful aerial photo of New York surrounded by ice

Impressive aerial photo of New York surrounded by ice taken from the southern tip of Manhattan—tiny icebergs and ice plaques floating along the Hudson, the East River and New York bay. CBS has video here. » 2/22/15 5:38pm 2/22/15 5:38pm

The Many Play Areas Nestled Into New York's Metropolis

New York is an epicenter of commerce and culture. But even busy Manhattanites need recreation to sooth their nerves. Luckily, NYC has no shortage of parks, fields, and courts for sporting types. Franck Bohbot's series of cityscapes documenting these various sites scattered throughout the metropolis are an ode to our… » 1/23/15 1:25pm 1/23/15 1:25pm

The Spectacular Sight of Subway Cars Being Dumped Into the Ocean

Of all the things you'd expect to find at the bottom of the ocean, a small village of old New York subway cars may not cross your mind. But for over a decade, subway cars have been discarded into the Atlantic in an environmental effort to create artificial reef habitats for fostering sea life. Photographer Stephen… » 1/19/15 11:34am 1/19/15 11:34am

37 Rare and Beautiful Images of the NYC Subway in the 1980s

When most people think of the subway in the 1980s, they think of scary things. A few years ago The New York Times likened the state of the city to "a house of horrors." But as a newly published set of nearly 500 photos show, New York City's underground wasn't always so horrific. It's bizarrely beautiful in all its… » 1/19/15 9:00am 1/19/15 9:00am

Williamsburg Brooklyn Is Getting a Luxury Microtel Because Hipsters

Williamsburg is filled with hip restaurants, hip boutiques, hip bars, and hipsters. But if you don't live there, there aren't really any hotel options in the increasingly popular and overpriced Brooklyn neighborhood. Tourists don't want stay in Manhattan and cross the East River for their artisanal cheese needs.… » 1/15/15 4:25pm 1/15/15 4:25pm

Why Penn Station Sucks

New Yorkers are known to disagree about a lot of things. Who's got the best pizza? What's the fastest subway route? Yankees or Mets? But all 8.5 million New Yorkers are likely to agree on one thing: Penn Station sucks. » 1/15/15 4:00pm 1/15/15 4:00pm

My Climb to the Top of New York City's Tallest Wind Turbine

Brooklyn's Best NYE Tradition Ends Tonight 

If Times Square is too gaudy, crowded, and frankly insane for you, then there is another New York tradition worth your New Year's Eve—one that is, in fact, ending tonight. For the past fifty years, the Pratt Institute has set out its amazing collection of big old steam whistles out on the lawn of its Brooklyn campus.… » 12/31/14 5:30pm 12/31/14 5:30pm

Inside the Design of the New Times Square New Year's Eve Ball

The bright ball that hovers over Times Square on New Year's Eve is a little bit reborn this year. Sure, it's iconic and colorful and mesmerizing as it always is. This year, however, the ball will captivate the world with 288 new crystals. And, boy, is it pretty. » 12/31/14 4:00pm 12/31/14 4:00pm

For $11,000, you can buy an annoying, inaccurate vanity address in NYC

432 Park Avenue, a supertall building that will be almost entirely inhabited by billionaires, will soon open in Manhattan. Its door, however, will not actually open onto Park Avenue. According to Bloomberg, the building's developers likely paid the city a little-known $11,000 fee for a vanity address, which is exactly… » 12/29/14 4:51pm 12/29/14 4:51pm

Photo Essay: NYC's Incredible Christmas Tree Seller Subculture

The Friday night after Thanksgiving is when all the little forests pop up around the city. Most Christmas tree outlets—bodegas, parks, supermarkets, and big-box stores—have a team that comes in to set up wooden display racks, while electricians wire up lights to a generator and a truck drops off Fraser Firs to sell… » 12/24/14 5:30pm 12/24/14 5:30pm

A New Glimpse Into the Gigantic Construction Project Hidden Below NYC

What do you want to be when you grow up? A baseball player? A doctor? A blogger (LOL)? How about a badass who carves caves through the Earth to improve the lives of millions in America's greatest city? That sounds pretty heroic. And right now, hundreds of hard hat-wearing workers are tackling that grand task » 12/18/14 2:53pm 12/18/14 2:53pm

There's a Good Reason Why Citi Bike Is Such a Mess in NYC 

Today, New York City comptroller's office released a scathing report about lack of maintenance by Citi Bike, which would come as no surprise to riders frustrated by broken docks or busted bikes. Why is Citi Bike a mess when bike shares in other cities—operated by the same parent company even—are going along swimmingly? » 12/12/14 6:25pm 12/12/14 6:25pm

The bugs on a single NYC median can eat 14 pounds of food per year 

Bugs and rats have lived for centuries in a deadlocked battle for the title of Worst Pest in NYC, but the scientists behind a new study may have just dealt bug fans a decisive victory by proving how urban insects are our friends—or, more specifically, our garbage . » 12/02/14 6:24pm 12/02/14 6:24pm

Poop, Giant Snails, Men's Legs: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Mapping human poo in San Francisco. Tracking stinky snails in Florida. And coming up with a way to tell men that if they could just learn to close their legs, please, the NYC subway would suck so much less for everyone. Be forewarned, it's kind of a gross edition of What's Ruining Our Cities. » 11/23/14 2:00pm 11/23/14 2:00pm