Pulses of Light Beneath the Streets

A book about the Internet's physical infrastructure inspires a closer look at how fiber optic cables are woven — literally — into the city's fabric.

The East River Blueway Plan

Adam Lubinsky discusses a range of urban planning strategies and design opportunities to help get New Yorkers into the waters of the East River.

Rights of Way: Shared Streets and the Evolving Municipal Traffic Code

David Vega-Barachowitz traces the origins of our entrenched notions of how streets should be used, and suggests an alternative future built on an ethic of shared responsibility and common sense.

Making Buildings Work: the Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center

The CEO of the city’s first non-profit industrial developer discusses how his organization creates space for a new generation of urban manufacturing in New York City.

Profiles in Public Service

The Landscapes of Region 11's Built System

Jim Lau shares the landscape architecture work of the New York State Department of Transportation, including a skatepark under the BQE, a waterfront park in Inwood, and an extensive greenway along the Bronx River.

By the El: 3rd Avenue and its El at Mid-Century

Lawrence Stelter discusses his book on the 3rd Avenue Elevated, which combines a rich archive of his father's photography with a comprehensive understanding of New York’s public transit history.

Planning Corps on Queens Boulevard

Shin-pei Tsay describes how a group of volunteer urban planners collaborated to help local stakeholders argue for road safety improvements to Queens Boulevard and to redefine how planners can engage directly with communities.

Appreciating the City: Steve Duncan's Undercity

Don't mind me, I'm just holding a large crowbar while standing near a sewer entrance in the middle of the night.

Cycle Tracks and the Evolving American Streetscape

David Vega-Barachowitz investigates the policies, stakeholders and theories that have historically shaped street design standards in the US, and calls on designers to rethink how we share and use our roads.

Supply Chain Spotlight: Freight Rail

Joshua Nelson explains how freight rail works in New York, reflecting on rail's environmental and economic advantages as well as its role in getting potatoes to your local market.