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Behind the Mask

Two scholars navigate the myths and abstractions attached to marginalized urban neighborhoods, bridging the distance between narratives imposed from outside and residents' experiences and spatial practices.

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Unreality Check

As New York reckons with a pandemic and police violence, truth can seem stranger than fiction. But a new work of urban fantasy bends the uncanny contours of crisis towards a vision of the city transformed through solidarity.

Traces Along the Edge

An artist and an architect collaborate to visualize the landscapes along New York City’s perimeter, depicting a city rarely seen or heard.

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Pattern Recognition

From Manhattan to the banks of the Yangtze River, photographers index both the ordinary and uncanny effects of urbanization.

The Truth About Trees

An artist and a historian talk trees: What they mean, and what it takes to get city-dwellers to see them clearly.

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Waterfront Views

With so much of value under threat from rising seas and flooding rains, recent books reconsider our relation to the water’s edge.

Radicals and Real Estate

This is what democracy looks like: not only public squares, but office buildings. In the Lower East Side, the Peace Pentagon was the source point for four decades of resistance.

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If These Walls Could Talk

Whither housing? Ask the houses. In four recent books, home is where the histories of housing policy and politics makes themselves known.

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Public Space Arms Race

Battles for inclusion and exclusion in the life of the city more often end in stand-offs than in skirmishes.

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Little Black Boxes

For the Circulation Desk, five books explore the stuff that binds us together in infrastructure networks public and private, old and new.