Behind the Noise Map

If you read The Atlantic Cities, or follow our Twitter feed, you’ve probably seen Karl Sluis‘ map of the 40,412 noise complaints made last year in Manhattan. It’s a beautiful, richly-detailed effort to chart not only the geography of noise but more subtle variations in New York’s socio-economic landscape, like the fact that complaints about […]

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Remembering Columbus

Tatzu Nishi has made a career of bringing monuments down to size. Over the past 15 years, the 52-year-old Japanese artist has enclosed statues around the world in makeshift rooms. Last year, he built a hotel room around Singapore’s Merlion, whose enormous head loomed incongruously over a luxuriously-appointed king-sized bed. This year, Christopher Columbus receives […]

Photos of the Week: From the Hip

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

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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.

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Walk This Way

Maya Barkai’s crowdsourced art installation has brought pedestrian crossing symbols from around the world to New York’s streets Only a block north from the construction barriers surrounding the former site of the World Trade Center, which brim with boastful renderings of progress on the nearly-complete September 11th Memorial, another, less conspicuous hole opens up in […]

Photos of the Week: Step by Step

This week’s photos were taken by tribensee on Wall Street in New York.

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Photo of the Week: Canal Street

Decaying building on Canal Street, Chinatown, New York City. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa Every week, we feature striking images from our Urbanphoto group on Flickr. Want to see your photos here? Join the group.

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Photos of the Week: Manhattan Roofline

View from the Manhattan Bridge. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa View from the High Line. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa Every week, we feature striking images from our Urbanphoto group on Flickr. Want to see your photos here? Join the group.

An Alternate Map of Manhattan

The original, ca. 1800 Mangin-Goerck Plan (top) and part of the Commissioners’ Plan of 1811, as engraved by William Bridges Last month, New York celebrated the bicentennial of one of its most iconic works of engineering and urban design — Manhattan’s grid. The 1811 street layout was officially known as the Commissioners’ Plan, but its […]

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Photo of the Week: Up and Up

We’ve got Twitter, a Facebook page and now — the latest addition to our relentlessly-expanding social media empire — a Flickr group. Actually, the Flickr group has been around for a long time, but in recent years it has fallen into a kind of decrepitude. We’ve decided to revive it. Every Monday, we will post […]

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From Pasture to Projects

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHueOOgS9lM[/youtube] Curious about what the building his great-great-grandfather lived in was like, ex-Brooklynite Zach van Schouwen was soon researching the history of his entire street. The result is “The Block,” a series pen-and-ink drawings of how the stretch of Eldridge Street, between Stanton and Rivington on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, looked in every year since […]

Manhattanhenge and Montrealhenge

Photo by Arianys León Twice a year, a few weeks before and after the summer solstice, the setting sun aligns perfectly with the east-west axis of Manhattan’s streets in a phenomenon that has been dubbed “Manhattanhenge,” a reference to the way the sun aligns with Stonehenge during the solstices. It got quite a bit of […]

High Times

Opening weekend for the High Line, Manhattan’s latest, most expensive new playground, is a mob scene: a line of cabs and SUVs blocks long throng the streets of the Meatpacking District, which, full for once, seem almost grateful to be receiving as much attention as they did when trucks filled with carcasses from somewhere west […]

Manhattan Eve

Manhattan skyline via the FDR

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