Utopia is a Vacant Lot in Rockaway
On the voids storms and plans leave behind, and what we do with them.
New projects are bringing more people and attention to the Rockaway Peninsula, but ten years after Hurricane Sandy, the work of building resilient infrastructure remains woefully incomplete.
Street Ballet Opera
An ambitious new opera plumbs the humanity and contemporary relevance of two mythic figures of New York City: Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses.
Vito Battista’s journey from public architecture to right-wing politics is an echo of New York’s own cyclical, reactionary tides — and a reminder of how closely the city's politics are tied to the fate of its urban fabric.
Pools are sites for recreation and fun. But as much as any public space in New York, they also carry the weight of the city's complex histories of race and place.
Following the trail of New York City’s municipal solid waste from curbside pickup to sites far beyond its borders, two artists document a system that benefits from low visibility as it dramatically extends the city’s footprint.
Underexposed | 12
In the middle of a paved Midtown park, tunnel air whirs through 46 huge fans.
A recently uncovered album reveals some of New York City parks' least exposed precincts — their public bathrooms.
Board to Death?
Community boards promise local democracy, but it takes more to translate neighborhood visions into reality.
Obstruction for Justice
How can protestors get their points across to an unyielding city? Gumming up the works may trump gathering in the square.