Urban Development

The New York Times Living City Series: A City Shaped by Steam

With more than 100 miles of steam piping and nearly 2,000 buildings served, New York’s steam system is the largest in the world.

Two women sit on a jetty near Revel in Atlantic City, N.J.. The casino-resort opened April 2, and New Jersey officials hope it will help Atlantic City compete with gambling industries in neighboring states. AP/Mel Evans
John Farley  |  April 4, 2012 4:00 AM | 4 Comments
With an ambitious new resort in Atlantic City, struggling Indian casinos in New York and Connecticut, and a deal to bring table games to Queens, big wins and losses loom.VIDEO
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John Farley  |  April 4, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Even though private contracts can invite corruption, whistleblowers are unprotected.
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Doris Martinez  |  March 22, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Visions of film studios, churches, ice rinks, chess museums and more for the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx.
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Georgia Kral  |  March 21, 2012 4:00 AM | 2 Comments
Residents in four City Council districts prepare to vote on $1 million in capital spending.VIDEO
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Daniel T. Allen  |  March 7, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
For those who always wanted to know more about the design of the buildings in their own backyard, a new book, "How to Read New York," offers a crash course. Sketches and blueprints give you x-ray vision into the details of some of New York's most iconic -- and most overlooked -- buildings.VIDEO
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February 29, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
As an executive producer for a show set in New York, a very important part of my job is helping to decide where we shoot. Here's my advice on how to scout a good location in New York City.VIDEO
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John Farley  |  February 27, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
On Feb. 23, government, business and nonprofit leaders gathered to discuss the city's infrastructure, quality of life and higher education challenges, and possible solutions.VIDEO
Even with all of the technology and maps available, navigating the city can leave you scratching your head. Flickr/Ed Yourdon
Doris Martinez  |  February 24, 2012 4:00 AM | 2 Comments
You're running to an appointment but your smartphone's dead and there's not a subway map in sight. Here are a few rules of thumb to help you navigate the city the old-fashioned way.
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George Bodarky and Sarah Berson  |  February 17, 2012 4:00 AM | 2 Comments
Some of New York's fading wall murals advertise cure-all tonics and horse carriage repairs from as far back as the 19th century. One photographer has documented these historic ads for 15 years, and sees them as an analogy for life in the big city.
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Daniel T. Allen  |  February 17, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
In Manhattan, one in two households are occupied by singletons. Have Carrie and her "Sex and the City" girl gang taken over? Or is some other social meme at work...
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