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New York City

Well-Placed

Teenage Dream

At the annual Anti-Prom, queer and trans teens refashion the New York Public Library’s marble-lioned flagship into a kinder, gentler world.

Another Green Appearance

Architectural adaptations create space for prayer for New York City's growing Muslim communities, transforming townhouses and apartments into more sacred precincts.

Circulation Desk

Second Chances

Recent books explore the potential in underused and overdetermined spaces, from mid-century American city centers and suburban shopping malls to the current glut of vacant retail storefronts and offices.

Cleaning Up?

Getting to Zero

Banned from residences for more than half a century, lead paint still poisons thousands of children a year in New York City. Who is responsible for ensuring healthy homes for all?

Cleaning Up?

Concentrated Cleanup

Since 2009, New York City has been incentivizing private cleanup of contaminated sites. Who benefits?

Well-Placed

Staying the Distance

For members of New York City's Arab diasporas, protesting oppression back home can provide both solace in community and an unsettling reminder of displacement.

Alternate Routes

A new guidebook locates residents’ struggles to make and remake New York City in the image of their own needs and desires.

Introducing the Inaugural Cohort of New City Critics

Meet the 2022 fellows in a program to empower new and diverse voices to challenge the ways we understand, design, and develop our cities.

Tall Order

LinkNYC failed to deliver on its promise of “bridging the digital divide.” Now, the streetside Wi-Fi kiosks are about to be souped up and supersized as 5G-transmitting towers. But is there any guarantee that New York’s under-resourced populations won’t get left behind, again?

The Civic Canopy

New York City's street trees help cool pavement, filter air, buffer against storms, and improve moods. The arborists of NYC Parks are working to distribute those benefits as widely as possible.