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My New Plan to Climate-Proof Lower Manhattan Over the coming years, we will spend up to $10 billion to extend the downtown waterfront as much as 500 feet into the East River.
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Even Our Dog Parks Show America Is an Unequal Playing Field All dogs may go to heaven, but lower-income canine lovers have found that not every dog gets to enjoy a ritzy outdoor space.
The High Line Has Become a Tunnel Through Glass Towers And the views now belong to a few very rich neighbors.
Good ‘Smart Cities’ Actually Need People to Live in Them This is a surprisingly difficult thing for urban developers to do.
Why New York City Should Welcome Electric Scooters on Its Streets How can anyone detest these things? They are simple, cheap, and slightly goofy. Best of all, they could help us get rid of cars.
A Year Has Passed Since the Grenfell Tower Fire. It Could Happen Again Anytime. This was murder by negligent bureaucracy. Preventing the next one begins with stronger regulation.
The Bright Future of Citi Bike After five years, the system is nimble and popular, and costs the taxpayer nothing — and still has the power to transform the city.
The New Ferry Fleet Will Be Delightful, and Is Also a Huge Mistake Six hundred million dollars is way too much for such a tiny number of riders.
Superhuman City: A Walk Through Hudson Yards Hudson Yards, a mega-neighborhood built from scratch, comes into view.
This Time, a Much More Promising Attempt to Fix the Frick A plan that looks far subtler and less invasive than its predecessors.
What New York Should Learn From the Park Slope Crash That Killed Two Children Most of these not-really-accidental events are preventable by steps more powerful than telling people to “be careful.”
Why You Should Be in Favor of Congestion Pricing in New York Yes, it’s annoying to be taxed for something that always appeared to be free. Get over it.
The Death of a Skyscraper What does it mean for New York if a Wall Street bank knocks down a historic building to harvest some tax incentives?
The Regional Plan Association Would Like to Close the Subways All Night And add glass partitions and gates to keep people from falling onto the tracks.
Casting a Skeptical Eye on the AT&T Building Renovation Ripping off a lot of the granite skin is not the answer to the problems afflicting 550 Madison Avenue.
Bill de Blasio, New York’s Putterer-in-Chief A mayor who contents himself with piling up small achievements instead of making sweeping change.
New Plans for the Domino Sugar Complex, Revealed A first look at Vishaan Chakrabarti’s plans for the former Domino Sugar factory in Williamsburg.
The Views (Real and Virtual) From Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island’s new campus looks out at the city and beyond.
This New York City Housing Project Works. What’s Different About Ocean Bay? This complex in the Rockaways was rebuilt and is clean, well-maintained, and safe.
How an Overlooked Urban Design Feature Helped Stop the Times Square Driver It’s time to start thinking more aggressively about protecting people on foot in cities.
Are American Cities in Crisis? In his new book, longtime urban optimist Richard Florida appears worried.
Trump Tower, Fifth Avenue, and the Militarization of Urban Public Space Trump’s election has turned his stretch of Fifth into the urban equivalent of the security line at JFK.
To Honor Jane Jacobs’s Vision, We Need More Planning, Not Less A pair of new books reminds us to look at her streetscape with clear eyes.
When Will New York City Sink? A city in climate-change denial.
8 Creative Ways Cities Are Combating Rising Temperatures From street spritzes in Japan to man-made wind in the Middle East.
Can Downtown Brooklyn Become Walkable? Brooklyn Strand, a new de Blasio development plan, aims to connect patchy greenspace into a walkable urban utopia — if it ever gets built.
Gowanus Canal Is Getting a ‘Sponge Park’ to Make It Slightly Less Toxic It will at least help block some new contaminants from flowing into the canal when it rains.
Heel-Friendly Sidewalk Grates Will Save Shoes, Lives Making New York a more walkable city for people who walk in heels.
Welcome to the Age of Shadowless Skyscrapers New building designs cast soft, glare-free pools of light instead of patches of darkness.
How to Solve NYC’s Rude-Cyclist Problem Public shaming is tempting. But there might be a better answer.
Is NYC Doing Enough to Prepare for Rising Seas? What our urban future might look like, whether or not the climate predictions prove true.
When Will de Blasio See the Light on Parks? The mayor is ignoring one of the most cost-effective ways of easing New Yorkers’ lives, irrespective of income.
Which New York Is Yours? Talking to Jeremiah Moss of Vanishing New York and Nikolai Fedak of New York YIMBY, 50 years after the Landmark Law.
In Terms of Affordable Housing, Queens Is de Blasio’s Last Best Hope The mayor can’t de-gentrify hot zones. What he can do is pump city money into middle-class safe zones in Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx.
What Bloomberg Associates Can Learn From Mexico City Bloomberg might fantasize about cleaning up the chaos, but he ought to study what’s already been accomplished.
Urban Planners Agree: New York in 2030 Will Suck Planning to stick around town for the next 23 years? You might want to reconsider … Apparently the New York of 2030 — the major American city at the second-greatest risk of catastrophic hurricane damage after Miami, by the way — will be facing a homelessness epidemic, more Miss Brooklyn–esque way-out-of-scale enormous buildings over rail yards, a major shortage of engineers qualified to construct such things, and a war between the union and nonunion laborers who build them. These were the lessons of last night’s NYC 2030 planning meeting, which opened with a cheery presentation by Bloomberg’s sustainability czar, Rohit Aggarwala, who has the task of preparing a 2030 blueprint by March, and had come to urban-planning experts for volunteer brainstorming. It turned out to be presumably not the brainstorming he was hoping for. Load More