Friday Fun

A group of friends laughs and celebrates with beers on a rooftop with Downtown Los Angeles in the background.

Friday Fun: Best Cities for Rooftop Dining and Drinking

Just in time for summer’s last hurrah, a list of cities with a reputation for rooftop entertainment.

September 1, 2023 - RoofGnome

Pandemic Board Game

Friday Fun: CityLab Picks the Best Games of 2020

In the year of stay-at-home orders, people turned to old and new games to stay sane and stay connected.

January 1, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

Mexico City

Friday Fun: Touring 12 Famous Museums from Home

Most museums are closed during the pandemic, but you can still visit them virtually from the comfort of your home thanks to Google Arts & Culture.

December 4, 2020 - Travel + Leisure

Rome, Italy

Friday Fun: Top 25 Destinations for Foodies

Readers of Travel + Leisure voted for their the top food destinations. Keep this list in mind for when we can travel more freely.

October 30, 2020 - Travel + Leisure

Boise Bike Lane

Pop Quiz: Name the City Based on its Cycle Lane Icon

The Guardian has a new pop quiz that will test the knowledge of urban aficionados that tend toward two-wheeled forms of transportation.

June 28, 2019 - The Guardian

Beer Keg

Happy Hour: A Beer for Every Neighborhood

One Pittsburgh brewery is brewing a beer for every one of the city's 92 neighborhoods.

June 7, 2019 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Pop Quiz: Can You Identify Cities By Density Alone?

A Planetizen editor failed this quiz.

March 22, 2019 - The Guardian

Cherry Blossom Washington, D.C.

Friday Fun: A Video Game Destroys Washington, D.C.

It's a video game, or a master course in eschatology.

March 15, 2019 - WTOP

Tour et Taxis, Thurn en Taxis

Friday Fun: Ceci N’est Pas une Rue

When allowing a crowd to decide the name of something important, make sure to add a layer of self-control.

August 24, 2018 - Quartz

Urban Wildlife Pulled Off Death-Defying Stunts in St. Paul and D.C. This Week

Call it wildlife gone urban.

June 15, 2018 - MPR News

Miniature Village

Friday Fun: 'World's Greatest Indoor Miniature Village' for Sale

It's a big little deal. Or is it a little big deal?

April 6, 2018 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Sochi Olympics

The Hometowns of the U.S. Winter Olympic Team

Richard Florida provides a geographic analysis of the athlete representing the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

February 23, 2018 - CityLab

Lycra on Bikes

Friday Fun: The Middle Aged Men in Lycra Documentary

A new film documents the sub-culture of men pushing themselves to recapture their glory days on the bike.

February 2, 2018 - Bike Portland


Friday Fun: These Boots Are Made for Transit

Ok, they're sneakers, not boots, but a new shoes available in small numbers in Berlin will double as transit fare for most of 2018.

January 12, 2018 - CityLab

Boston Subway T

Friday Fun: A Record Subway Ride in Boston

Guinness World Records is on the line.

August 25, 2017 - NECN

Kids Biking

Friday Fun: Toddlers Take to the Race Track

The hot new wheels of choice for little ones to learn how to ride bikes are called balance bikes. "Welcome to the Tour de France of Toddler Racing," says the Wall Street Journal.

May 26, 2017 - The Wall Street Journal

Funny Girl

Friday Fun: A Playlist of Transit Oriented Tunes

This one's for the straphangers.

May 12, 2017 - CityLab

1 Wall Street and Empire Building

Friday Fun: An Interactive Tool That Explains Floor Area Ratio

The Center for Urban Pedagogy's latest tool provides an easy and fun way to explain a difficult but critical concept: floor area ratio.

April 7, 2017 - The Architect's Newspaper

Subway Entrance

Friday Fun: All the Colors of the U.S. Transit Rainbow

An intrepid grad student at MIT created a graphic that shows off the color palettes of U.S. and Canadian transit lines.

March 31, 2017 - Next City

Crosswalk Button

Friday Fun: A Song Inspired by the Crosswalk Signal

Turn it to 11.

March 10, 2017 - CityLab

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