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Buried Grudges

From deadly explosions to silent climate warming emissions, the contemporary troubles of the city's gas infrastructure have roots in the tumult surrounding its installation more than a century ago.

Gas Flows Below

Paint-scribbled sigils mark the spots where pipes bear natural gas — more now than ever — to stove tops and turbines. But what does this trend mean for public safety and climate change?

Illuminated Futures

The city that never sleeps depends on 396,572 street lights. As bright white LEDs replace the familiar amber glow, what does tomorrow (night) hold?

The Location of Justice: Streets

Walk the Walk

For decades, city governments have pledged to clear neighborhood streets of crime and police abuse in the same stroke. But can community policing deliver on its promises?

Intersections: Behind Closed Doors

Lavender Lining

Rising rents mark the “straightening” of gayborhoods like Greenwich Village. What role does queer presence play in cycles of urban redevelopment and displacement?

The Location of Justice: Streets

Stronger Together

Young residents of Brownsville, Brooklyn, look for safety amidst persistent poverty and crime, as well as community organizations determined to change the neighborhood's narrative.

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?

Typecast: Row House

Front of House

Vincent Meyer Madaus and Sebastian Bernardy look at the semi-public space between the sidewalk and the front door — and how residents satisfy their needs and fancies when space is scarce.

City of Cycling: Empathy

Empathy

In the final installment of City of Cycling, SLO Architecture queries the bike’s ability to create an urbanism of empathy. Can taking to the streets on two wheels inspire greater understanding among everyone who moves through the city?

Typecast: Row House

The Row House on Rising Waters

For our Typecast series, Henry Grabar visits Canarsie, where long rows of attached brick houses defy traditional flood-proofing elevation. Could rising flood insurance premiums pose a greater immediate threat to homeowners than rising sea levels?

City of Cycling: Speed

NYC: Fast

City of Cycling: Speed

NYC: Slow

Leaf Head: A New Yorker Learns to Look at Trees

When Russell Jacobs started identifying trees, he found history, conflict, and company in an overlooked component of the streetscape.

Typecast: Row House

How Many Row Houses Are There in New York City?

In the latest installment of our Typecast series, Neil Freeman counts and maps New York's row houses — all 217,000 of them.

All the Queens Houses

Architect Rafael Herrin-Ferri talks about his exhaustive photographic documentation of Queens' lively housing stock and identifies creative alterations that reconcile building forms to changing demands and desires.

Bronx Contours: A Photo Essay

Topography structures life in the Bronx like nowhere else in the city. Take a look at how the built environment responds to the undulating terrain of the city's great north through the lens of photographer Kris Graves.

Beauty Within Darkness: Khalik Allah Captures 125th and Lex

Photographer and filmmaker Khalik Allah has spent three years documenting one Harlem intersection and the people who inhabit that corner at night. His striking portraits confront issues of poverty, homelessness, addiction, and illness, while showing the beauty and humanity of those who are often forgotten, feared, or willfully avoided.

Mobilizing Power: Street Vendors and Urban Resilience

For more than 200 years, street vendors have been an integral part of New York City. Their mobility and flexibility make vendors beneficial extensions to existing fixed systems during moments of crisis.

Borderlands: Traveling the Brooklyn-Queens Divide

Joseph Heathcott traces New York City's only major internal land boundary and draws out the social and spatial conditions of this largely invisible urban seam.

Traveling the Streets of the Future