New York

It's now illegal for businesses to use air conditioners on the sidewalks of New York City. Some see government overreach—some see common sense energy efficiency measures.
19 hours ago   The Washington Post
Laura Vanderkam tells of a not-too-distant past where New York's parks and public places were in disarray, and it took public-private partnerships to bring them back to their former glory (and maybe better).
Aug 22, 2011   City Journal
New street furniture being tested in the Broadway pedestrian zone attempts to create a semi-sheltered, intimate space in the middle of the glitz of 42nd St.
Aug 20, 2011   PSFK
<em>Slate</em> looks at the work and vast urban transformations brought about under the leadership of New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.
Aug 17, 2011   Slate
The ruling by Judge Bert A. Bunyan of the State Supreme Court in Brooklyn on Tuesday added steam to the NYC transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan's campaign for pedestrian-oriented, cyclist-friendly streets.
Aug 17, 2011   The New York Times
Neighborhoods in New York City have built temporary "pop-up" playgrounds in an effort to encourage more physical activity among children.
Aug 16, 2011   The New York Times
It is not uncommon for wealthy Chinese to spend seven figures - in cash - on real estate "as housing for children studying in New York."
Aug 15, 2011   The New York Times
Due to open in a month, Lynn Rasic discusses the underlying elements that made up the National September 11 Memorial, including a single rescued pear tree symbolic of the City's resiliency and strength.
Aug 13, 2011   USA Today
The New York City Council voted last week to alter the city's code to encourage green roofs and urban gardening.
Aug 7, 2011   Inhabitat
New York City has led the way in tactical urbanism for some time, like the pedestrian plaza in Times Square. Now they're encouraging "pop-up cafes", or cafe table seating that takes over excess roadway.
Aug 7, 2011   Pattern Cities
Matt Seaton argues that "after significant investment in cycling infrastructure, biking needs better PR." Would a bike ambassador make the difference?
Aug 6, 2011   The Guardian