While my roommates trim our apartment-sized tree in Queens, I watch “Schindler’s List.” While they tape tinsel to our walls, I read articles about lead poisoning. But this is my first Christmas in New York; it’s time to turn some things around.
Although we tend to think of our cities as concrete jungles, our post-new urban environment is awash in plant life. The environmental benefits of these “weeds” go widely unrecognized when, in fact, this often invisible urban ecology can offer a fresh perspective on how cities perform.
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Manhattan’s street grid, architects were asked to imagine the future of the city’s master plan. Read about the competition and watch Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham’s video tour of the project’s exhibition.
Chefs are at their happiest when they go to a restaurant and know someone in charge is cooking well. That explains why so many of us are kooky for sushi. It’s either great or it isn’t.
The Garden State appears to be making good on its name as it moves forward with plans to set up medical marijuana dispensaries across the state. Since federal prosecutors went after similar facilities in California, what makes New Jersey think it will escape the same fate?
So far this year, police officers have stopped and frisked more than 1,500 New Yorkers a day on average, a statistic that may rise by the end of 2011.