Bike Lanes Don't Cause Traffic (If You Put Them In The Right Place)

The battle against bike lanes has turned into an all-out culture war here in the U.S., with NIMBYs shrieking about ceding a few feet of precious asphalt while squawking about the apocalyptic congestion that change will bring. But here's a deep, data-driven investigation into the truth about bike lanes and traffic. » 4/11/14 4:00pm 4/11/14 4:00pm

Credit Card-Reading Spy Camera Found in the NYC Subway

Be careful on the subway. Sure, the platforms are safer than ever, and the cars are even pretty clean. But credit card thieves seem to come up with a new way to steal your personal information every day. The latest ploy: a card-reading spy camera, hiding above the MetroCard machine. » 4/11/14 10:40am 4/11/14 10:40am

My Type of Neighborhood: Mapping the Type Foundries of New York City

I love old type specimen books. Any foundry, any period, it doesn't matter. They will have me hypnotized. But I don't usually linger at the title pages. Who would, really? All the fun and exciting stuff comes after that: the impossibly small text faces, the spectacular display faces, all the sample uses variously dowdy … » 4/10/14 12:40pm 4/10/14 12:40pm

Look At What A Decade's Done To New York City's Classic Storefronts

Ten years after photographing countless storefronts for their popular book, Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, James and Karla Murray are returning to the same addresses for an update. The contrast in the pairs of images, each a decade apart, is striking. » 4/03/14 12:00am 4/03/14 12:00am

This Swanky Bomb Shelter Might Be Hidden Somewhere Under an NYC Park

You wouldn't believe it just by looking at it, but this slice of 60s Americana is located three feet underneath a New York City park. Or, at least, it was back in 1964. Whether it's still there remains a mystery—one almost as fascinating as the reason it was constructed in the first place. » 3/19/14 1:00pm 3/19/14 1:00pm

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 Harrowing Drone Footage of the Building Collapse in Harlem

On Wednesday, a sudden gas explosion leveled two buildings in Harlem, killing at least seven people. Hordes of reporters arrived within minutes to cover the story, as did a random guy with a quadcopter. And, with apologies for the autoplay, this is the footage he captured in the immediate aftermath of the collapse: » 3/13/14 11:00am 3/13/14 11:00am

Is There a Drone Flying Around the Harlem Building Collapse? (Updated)

New Yorkers were shocked on Wednesday morning when reports of a building collapse in Harlem hit the wires. It didn't take long for smartphone cameras to fill up everyone's social media feeds. But wait. In that one… Is that… a drone? (Update: Yep! It's some random guy's DJI Phantom 2.) » 3/12/14 11:19am 3/12/14 11:19am

These Trippy Rorschach Landscapes Came From NYC Surveillance Cameras

James Bridle is always up to something. Whether he's drawing pictures of drone shadows or mapping out cities with balloons, the self-described writer, artist, and publisher seems fascinated with the intersection of politics and geography. His latest project is no exception. » 3/11/14 3:40pm 3/11/14 3:40pm

A New Air Rights Report Tells New York City to Build Up, Up, Up!

Air rights—the ability to sell the invisible real estate hovering above your property—have become a big New York City issue in recent years as property values have skyrocketed. A new report recommends easing the city's archaic restrictions to spur positive growth—including building more affordable housing. » 3/10/14 1:11pm 3/10/14 1:11pm