The Forgotten 13th Avenue That New York City Built and Then Destroyed 

Yesterday we looked at the great "fattening" of New York and all the parts that are built on what basically amounts to trash. But it turns out that parts of the city have also disappeared—and for a few decades, New York even had 13 grand north-south avenues, not 12. » 1/30/15 1:03am 1/30/15 1:03am

The Plan to Build a Mega-Manhattan That Failed, Thank God

A Really Greater New York. That was the title of the 1911 proposal by an engineer and planner who imagined paving over massive amounts of New York Harbor to make room to build the New York of the future. Oh, you like the East River and would miss it? Too damn bad! » 1/08/15 3:13pm 1/08/15 3:13pm

The Manhattan Apartment Farthest From Any Subway Costs $18.9-Million

How far do New Yorkers walk to get to their nearest subway station? Ben Wellington calculated the distance from each of Manhattan's station entrances to every one of the borough's residential buildings, and found the Manhattan address with the longest subway-schlep of all. » 10/09/14 11:46am 10/09/14 11:46am

A cop car keeps playing the “Imperial March” and the NYPD is unamused

You know what seems like a bad idea? Blaring Star Wars' famous "Imperial March" theme from your New York City police car, while patrolling at night. This is probably why the NYPD is less than thrilled that a New York City police car keeps blaring the "Imperial March" during its night patrols. » 7/12/13 11:30am 7/12/13 11:30am

An interactive map of what New Yorkers complain about, by borough

If somebody went and made kvetching an organized sport, New Yorkers would no doubt be among the game's most preternaturally gifted bellyachers. But what, exactly, would they complain about? » 2/04/13 4:30pm 2/04/13 4:30pm

Watch an amazing time lapse movie of Central Park changing color with…

This video is a bit slow to start, but those who hold out for the 30-second mark will be richly rewarded. What an absolutely stunning use of the timelapse medium. Filmmaker Jamie Scott describes his process: » 11/28/12 12:20pm 11/28/12 12:20pm

This dude recreated a scale model of New York City. With LEGO.

3d artist and motion designer JR Schmidt wins some serious points on detail for using maps, satellite data, and images like the one below to "set the elevation and color of the blocks" comprising his (digitally rendered) LEGO-fied New York City. Someone needs to bring this project to fruition. It would easily be some… » 11/15/12 10:40am 11/15/12 10:40am

10 Ways 9/11 Changed the Way We Build

Ten years ago today, Chicago developer J. Paul Beitler — who once aspired to build the world's tallest building — told The Chicago Tribune that governments would cease to approve plans for skyscrapers, for fear that they would become "magnets for future terrorism." » 9/12/11 10:13am 9/12/11 10:13am

An abandoned quarantine island, in plain sight of New York City

A stone's throw away from Manhattan, Bronx, and LaGuardia Airport sits North Brother Island, an one-time quarantine facility that housed infectious individuals like "Typhoid" Mary Mallon. The island has since been exiled from the surrounding metropolis and left to nature. » 1/19/11 11:22am 1/19/11 11:22am

Short film shows off what's left of New York City's Mole People

Urban explorers from Undercity took their cameras down below and into NYC's century old sewer systems, abandoned subway stations, and inside the Lincoln Tunnel to see the remnants of the society of tunnel folk. Watch what they uncovered. » 1/02/11 7:07pm 1/02/11 7:07pm

1916 plan for NYC proposed fusing Brooklyn and Manhattan, building new…

In the early 1900s, Dr. T. Kenard Thomson proposed increasing NYC's property value by creating a land bridge between Manhattan and Brooklyn, building an island off the Jersey shore, and constructing a "New Manhattan" directly below the old one. » 10/26/10 11:27am 10/26/10 11:27am

The South Edgemere Wasteland of New York City

In the 1920s, South Edgemere in Queens was a thriving summertime destination replete with bungalows and a boardwalk. Nowadays, these 20 or so unused blocks have been abandoned to seaside squatters and gangs of wild dogs. » 10/02/10 7:15am 10/02/10 7:15am

io9 Meetup in New York City 5/28

You asked for it, and now we're bringing our sonic screwdriver and some alien hordes to NYC for an io9 meetup. Charlie Jane and myself will be in New York next week, and that means all the io9 editors will be in the same city at once — so come get drunk with us and Meredith, talk shit about Batman, and plan for ways… » 5/21/08 11:37am 5/21/08 11:37am