How Tall is Too Tall?

Dubai. Photo by Zeyad T. Al-Mudhaf The Burj Khalifa defies the imagination. It stands nearly one kilometre above the streets of Dubai, spanning a total of 163 floors — 209 if you could the maintenance levels in the building’s spire. When it was completed in 2010, at a cost of more than US$1.5 billion, it […]

Photos of the Week: Christmas in the City

The Bronx, New York. Photo by Chris Arnade Chinatown, New York. Photo by Keith Goldstein Chicago. Photo by Gabriel X. Michael

Posted in: United States by Christopher DeWolf Comments Off on Photos of the Week: Christmas in the City , , ,

Photos of the Week: New York/Istanbul

This week’s photos, of famous landmarks in New York and Istanbul on dreary December days, were taken by MissTschoermeni. Every week, we feature striking images from our Urbanphoto group on Flickr. Want to see your photos here? Join the group.

Posted in: Europe, United States by Christopher DeWolf Comments Off on Photos of the Week: New York/Istanbul , ,

Pigeon Keepers of Bushwick

If you’ve been following our Photos of the Week, you’ve probably seen the work of Chris Arnade, a New York-based photographer who creates particularly lovely images. Arnade has a particularly good eye for urban characters. Last week, he emailed me about a series he has been working on about men who raise pigeons on the […]

Posted in: Environment, Society and Culture, United States by Christopher DeWolf Comments Off on Pigeon Keepers of Bushwick , ,

Catholic Shrines of Carroll Gardens

At Court Street and Fourth Place is the Van Westerhout Cittadini Molesi Social Club’s Madonna Addolorata Jesus has risen again on Brooklyn’s Wyckoff Street. His hand outstretched toward passersby, Christ silently sermonizes from a lightbox that both protects him from the elements and casts a holy aura around his colorfully-painted, ceramic torso. He’s also a […]

Posted in: Art and Design, Demographics, Society and Culture, United States by Christopher Szabla Comments Off on Catholic Shrines of Carroll Gardens , , , , ,

Photo of the Week: Eugene

Taken in the Bronx, New York, by Chris Arnade. From the photographer: I came back to give Eugene a copy of his picture. He was inside the deli, where he sweeps, mops, and breaks down boxes. He smiled and showed me his new shirt that said “I love Greece Athens.” I have spent the last […]

Posted in: United States by Christopher DeWolf Comments Off on Photo of the Week: Eugene , ,

Terminal Curiosity

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/30757960[/vimeo] It’s one way to see a city: pick a subway line, any line, and ride to the end. In theory, whatever narrow perceptions you’ve acquired by sauntering through any metropolis’ most busy downtown streets will be balanced out by impressions of its flavor of ragged urban edge. That’s precisely what my friend Tanveer and […]

Photos of the Week: From the Hip

This week, three photos from New York photographer Keith B. Goldstein.

Posted in: United States by Christopher DeWolf Comments Off on Photos of the Week: From the Hip , , ,

Visualizing Globalization 2.0

Top: Istanbul airlifted to the beaches of Rio de Janeiro; Bottom: São Paulo set in Cappadocia Imagine this: you’re walking down a side street in Midtown Manhattan and turn onto Fifth Avenue, facing uptown. But there, instead of the void of sky that usually greets the vista north toward Central Park, a massive mountain blocks […]

Photos of the Week: Occupy Wall Street

All of this week’s photos of the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests were taken by Scott Lynch on September 22nd and October 2nd.

Posted in: Politics, Public Space, Society and Culture, United States by Christopher DeWolf Comments Off on Photos of the Week: Occupy Wall Street , , , ,

Photo of the Week: Striped

West 56th and 8th Avenue, New York. Photo by Simon Garnier. Every week, we feature striking images from our Urbanphoto group on Flickr. Want to see your photos here? Join the group.

Posted in: United States by Christopher DeWolf Comments Off on Photo of the Week: Striped , , ,

Photos of the Week: Flyover

Bangkok. Photo by Jonathan Newman Chicago. Photo by GXM Tokyo. Photo by Corentin Walravens Every week, we feature striking images from our Urbanphoto group on Flickr. Want to see your photos here? Join the group.

Posted in: Asia Pacific, Transportation, United States by Christopher DeWolf Comments Off on Photos of the Week: Flyover , , , , ,

Photos of the Week: False Moon, Real Moon

“Tribute in Light,” a September 11th memorial, seen from Brooklyn. Photo by Chris Arnade It’s almost Mid-Autumn Festival here in Hong Kong, a time of year when people gather outside to light lanterns and stare up at the full harvest moon. As with all Chinese festivals, there’s a story behind it — in this case, […]

Posted in: Art and Design, Asia Pacific, Canada, Environment, United States by Christopher DeWolf Comments Off on Photos of the Week: False Moon, Real Moon , , , , , ,

Brooklyn’s Fractured Faces

Know which leafy block to turn down off the numbered avenues of Brooklyn’s Park Slope, squint past the bright spots of sun and deep shadows dappling the ground late into a summer day, and you can puzzle them together — a series of portraits, “ghostly apparitions” as the New York Times called them — spanning […]