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Cornerstone Memories

Justo Martí's midcentury photographs of Manhattan and Brooklyn bodegas provide a rare glimpse at the history of the spaces and signs cementing Latinx life in the city, and highlight the continuing work of New Yorkers to make the city home.

Seeing Double

The material flows that feed Manhattan's iconic public spaces reveal "reciprocal landscapes" whose fates are tied together by fertilizer, pavers, and planks.

Saving Water

Along the Brooklyn-Queens border, 50 acres of abandoned water infrastructure have gradually transformed into a unique wetland ecosystem. What's in store for the Ridgewood Reservoir?

Planting a Flag

In 2016, a Brooklyn artist was commissioned to design Highland Park’s first public sculpture. Four years later, much of her work — and life — now orbits around the site and its community of residents and stewards.

Public Risks on Private Shores

Along New York City’s waterfront, development has spurred the creation of new public spaces regulated down to the level of tree plantings and bicycle parking. Why aren’t resilience measures mandated in a similar way?

Castaways of Jamaica Bay

By way of natural disaster and human folly, a staggering amount of marine debris litters the waters and shores of an important estuary habitat. Meet the volunteers trying to salvage the situation.

Sights Set on Long Island City

Over a decade in his Queens neighborhood, a photographer sees constant change.

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In the middle of a paved Midtown park, tunnel air whirs through 46 huge fans.

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In Long Island City, stunted electrical poles mark some of the city's most contested real estate.

The Location of Justice: Structures

Siting Rikers' Replacements

The city's plans call for new borough jails to replace those at Rikers. A set of drawings examines land uses in the boroughs' civic centers to consider: Can New Yorkers accept jails as neighbors?

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Underwater and out of sight, electricity moves between boroughs through tunnels designed to weather the storm.

The Location of Justice: Structures

A Jail to End All Jails

Mayor de Blasio promises to close the Rikers Island jail complex in ten years. But what comes next? A look at the island’s history reveals clues — and cautions.

What's In a Roofline?

The humble gambrel roofs of Queens’ Dutch Colonial houses cover the borough’s complex history.

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Traces of a private water supply system, only recently decommissioned, extend across southeastern Queens.

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For Underexposed, photographer Stanley Greenberg's monthly dispatches trace the myriad paths of the city’s infrastructural networks in great breadth and close detail.

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For Underexposed, photographer Stanley Greenberg's monthly dispatches trace the myriad paths of the city’s infrastructural networks in great breadth and close detail.

People Movers

Women in Motion

In a new series, People Movers, community organizers share how they shape the city from the ground up. First, Verónica Ramírez of the Queens-based Mujeres en Movimiento mobilizes immigrant moms to fight for safer streets.

Super Strategies

Three supers of three very different buildings get into the nitty gritty of their work, helping us understand what it might take to make the city's ambitious Zero Waste vision a reality.

The Enduring Outlier at Hallet’s Cove

It’s a park, it’s a gallery, it’s a community hub! At Socrates Sculpture Park, temporary art works, hand-me-down plants, and shipping containers top the remains of an East River marine terminal.

City of Cycling: Networks

Nature, Your Neighbors, and You

Two eastern Queens bike activists talk to SLO about transforming the disused Vanderbilt Motor Parkway into one long, sublime bike ride.