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Cityscape

  1. architecture
    Thomas Heatherwick’s High Line Condos Are Just One Idea About Windows, RepeatedThe building is formally inventive but it’s not clear there’s much more there.
  2. 21 questions
    Billie Tsien Wants Someone to Go Eat a PB&J in the Middle of Hudson YardsThe Obama Center architect answers Curbed’s 21 Questions.
  3. takeovers
    How the Young Lords Brought the Revolution to Drug TreatmentThe acupuncture-based detox the civil-rights group developed is still used today.
  4. developing
    Farewell to the Half Bean, Tribeca’s Best Unfinished LandmarkThe artist’s mini “Cloud Gate” is nearly complete — so go see it before it’s done.
  5. getting around
    The Medallion Crisis Is So Bad That Taxi Drivers Are on a Hunger StrikeCabbies say the city’s relief plan doesn’t do enough.
  6. architecture review
    The Observation Deck at One Vanderbilt Is a Ridiculous Place“Surely there’s a better way than assaulting them with lights and mirrors.”
  7. the jab
    Only One City Agency Is Fully VaccinatedAnd fewer than 100 people work there.
  8. developing
    A Lenape Tribe Finally Wrests Its Sacred Site Back From DevelopersFighting back the latest threat to the Ramapough people.
  9. skaters
    Have You Heard About This Green Bench?How a 300-pound steel skateboarding legend bounced all around and ended up in Tompkins Square Park.
  10. housing
    Should Landlords Be Required to Pay for Your Internet?A new bill promises to not pass the cost on to renters.
  11. reopening
    Move Over, Fake Vaxx Card — Here Comes an Anti-Vaxx Business DirectoryA new website is crowdsourcing businesses that are flouting the mandate — and New York has the most.
  12. reclaiming
    A Landscape Architect Who Loves Ruins and Hates Ruin PornJulie Bargmann just won the first $100,000 Cornelia Hahn Oberlander prize.
  13. look book
    The Look Book Goes to an Animal-Blessing CeremonyAt the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights, pet owners brought their animals for an annual blessing.
  14. makeovers
    A Bookstore in a Bus in the BronxReaders now boarding at Bronx Bound Books.
  15. cityscape
    What It Takes to Give David Geffen Hall a New SoundA look inside the New York Philharmonic’s home, en route to its new (and, fingers crossed, better) acoustics.
  16. scammers
    The COVID-19 Hotel Scheme That Took NYC For $400,000Five-star rooms for $50, booked through Facebook and paid with Cash App.
  17. getting around
    Is a Woman Randomly Punching People at the West 4th Street Station?TikTok certainly thinks so.
  18. magic lantern architecture
    See the Translucent Marble Façade Go Up at the WTC Perelman Arts CenterIt’s better than the Beinecke!
  19. drama
    Trying to Untangle the Princeton Architecture Department DramaPaging Sandra Oh.
  20. frontage
    Most Storefront Rents in New York Are As High As EverApart from the super-luxury corridors, last year barely made a dent.
  21. my spots
    Alexandra Kleeman’s Favorite Spots in Staten IslandA restaurant with a New England-like view, the world’s best artichokes, and a tugboat parking lot.
  22. rikers
    Dispatch From Deadly Rikers Island: “It Looks Like a Slave Ship in There.”Detainees, correction officers and officials talk about the jail’s new state of emergency.
  23. vaccine resistant
    Marchers Attack Coronavirus Testing Station in Union SquareThe anti-vaccine-mandate protest went from the Department of Education to the Australian Consulate.
  24. architecture
    The Candy-Colored Tudors and Mini Mediterranean Palaces of Queens‘All the Queens Houses’ shows the most diverse borough’s most diverse residences.
  25. getting around
    This Is the OMNY Card, and You Might Be Able to Buy One TodayBut not in the subway (yet).
  26. housing
    New York Went From Worst to Best At Handing Out Rent ReliefThere’s still a lot of work to be done, but Governor Kathy Hochul deserves credit for getting us this far.
  27. developing
    With Google Moving In, Hudson Square Is Trying to Spruce Up the PlaceThe neighborhood is now a major tech hub, so it should probably be connected to the rest of the city.
  28. architecture review
    Manhattan West Is (a Little Bit) What Hudson Yards Should Have BeenIt’s still a corporate simulacrum of a city, but given the history of such gestures, it’s surprising they got it anywhere close to right.
  29. street fights
    It’s Time to Let the Elizabeth Street Garden GoIt may be a pretty oasis, but we as a city are desperate for affordable housing.
  30. look book
    The Look Book Goes to Chess in the ParkAt the tournament, which is held yearly near Bethesda Fountain, more than 700 children (and a few adults) faced off over six rounds of rapid chess.
  31. public art watch
    The Nation’s Monuments Are Male, Pale, and StaleA new audit makes the case for a more fluid landscape of public memory.
  32. the group portrait
    P.S. 705’s Welcome CommitteeThe teachers who turned the school-drop-off line into a shindig.
  33. parks
    East River Park Activists Chain Themselves to Tree, Make Weirdly Modest DemandReally, they just want to ask questions.
  34. airbnb
    You Can No Longer Stay in an East Village Van for $97 a NightThe red Econoline and six others listed on Airbnb have been impounded.
  35. public space
    The Very Tiny Fight Over a Midtown Park’s Locked GardenCan one determined person continue to keep the public out of a public park?
  36. reopening
    Maybe Forcing City Workers Back to the Office Wasn’t the Best IdeaCivil servants are now looking for new jobs en masse.
  37. developing
    It Just Keeps Getting Worse for 432 ParkA new lawsuit seems likely to spoil sales at the Billionaires’ Row tower.
  38. getting around
    As a Delivery Worker, I Still Want More From the New Delivery-App BillsThey’re a good start, but they won’t apply to all restaurants, for starters.
  39. street view
    A New Arts Compound in East Williamsburg That Draws You InThe Amant arts center faces the city with severity but aims to cosset visitors.
  40. streets
    The Street Fight Is BackEverybody wants a piece of your block, and it’s going to take a lot more than planters and metal barricades to resolve who gets what.
  41. rikers
    What It’s Like at Rikers, According to People Who Just Got Out“They’re not feeding people, there’s no water, no showers, no phone calls.”
  42. public housing
    Is Brian Benjamin the Person Who Can Turn NYCHA Around?Among advocates, there is cautious optimism.
  43. infrastructure
    Climate Change Is Putting More Poop in New York’s WatersA crappy side effect of all this rain.
  44. streets
    I Wish I Liked the New Brooklyn Bridge Bike Lane MoreA hard-won symbolic victory that’s a baby step.
  45. developing
    Continuum’s Towers Were Nixed by the City. So the Developer Is Suing.The Botanic Garden fight may go another round.
  46. look book
    The Look Book Goes to the Obama PortraitsDuring a preview party at the Brooklyn Museum, guests got an early look at Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald’s presidential portraits.
  47. small-business stories
    The Lower East Side Tailor to the SceneClients have generally found Ramon Tailor through word of mouth. Now — suddenly — there are lines out the door for his custom pants.
  48. ventilation
    How Clean Is the Air in Your Classroom? Your Theater? It’s Not Easy to Find OutThere’s little transparency about what we breathe inside big congregate spaces.
  49. streets
    We’re Falling Short on Even the Simplest Fix for Storm FloodingPlugged-up drains should be the most straightforward problem to solve, and the city can’t keep up.
  50. cityscape
    Revolt of the Delivery WorkersExploited by apps. Attacked by thieves. Unprotected by police. The city’s 65,000 bikers have only themselves to count on.
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