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New York city has reimagined its pay phone network as free gigabit Wi-Fi hub complete with...

Very few New Yorkers (other than the occasional superhero) use pay phone booths anymore due to the ubiquity of the personal cellphone. As a result, the city of New York has been left with many thousands of largely obsolete phones and phone booths along its streets. In an effort to find a use for this aging infrastructure, the city has re-imagined them as a new type of asset that will provide free 24-hour a day gigabit Wi-Fi, free phone calls to anywhere in the United States, touch-screen monitors that access city services and maps, along with a handy charging port for your cellphone.  Read More

Pier55 will new park public in New York built on the Hudson River

It seems that new green public spaces are being unveiled for New York every week. No sooner had the final section of the High Line recently opened, than plans for a similar space in Queens were announced. Now, New Yorkers can look forward to a new public park quite literally on the Hudson River.  Read More

The Fulton Center transit hub in New York has a huge reflective skylight and dome (Photo: ...

Underground stations and transit hubs often have little in the way of daylight. A new transit hub in New York has tried to combat this with a specially-designed artwork-cum-skylight. The atrium of the Fulton Center features a huge kaleidoscope-like dome that pulls light deep into the building.  Read More

3D sound and 360 degree panoramic images help visitors get a real feel for a city

If you’ve ever wanted to experience the sights and sounds of cities like New York, San Francisco, Stockholm or Oslo without leaving home, take a look at the Sound City Project, an immersive audiovisual experience combining 3D sounds and panoramic views of popular and iconic world locations.  Read More

The QueensWay Project would see the US$120 million renovation of a portion of the abandone...

Inspired by the creation of the city's High Line, a group in the Queens area of New York is looking to follow suit. Friends of the QueensWay wants to transform a portion of the abandoned Rockaway Rail Line into 3.5 mi (5.6 km) of recreational walking and biking trails.  Read More

High Line at the Rail Yards is the third and northernmost section of the High Line to be o...

The third section of New York's iconic High Line was opened at the weekend. The High Line is a 1.45 mile (2.33 km) long public park created on an old raised rail freight line. Following the opening of the High Line at the Rail Yards, it now stretches from Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street.  Read More

The East River Skyway proposal, by developer CityRealty

A plan is afoot to ease the congestion of New York City's existing transportation infrastructure with a cable car system similar to London's Emirates Air Line. The East River Skyway proposal envisions a high-speed urban gondola that would offer commuters swift transport between Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, reducing travel times and providing a great view of New York City's skyline.  Read More

City Beach NYC, by designer Blayne Ross (Image: City Beach NYC)

Designer Blayne Ross has unveiled a new concept which aims to bring a beach to New York City's Hudson River. City Beach NYC comprises a reclaimed barge topped with sand that would visit the area during summer months. To help bring his vision to life, Ross plans to launch a crowdfunding campaign in the near future.  Read More

To address the material weakness of traditional hydrants, Sigelakis chose to go with a sta...

The traditional fire hydrant, that innocuous little cast metal tube with a hat, is one of those everyday objects that is so commonplace most people tend to overlook them. For over 100 years this life saving device has changed little in terms of design or functionality, but now an ex-fire fighter hopes to change all that with his next generation Spartan fire hydrant.  Read More

Denmark's Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has been awarded $335 million to improve lower Manhatt...

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the six winning proposals of its Rebuild by Design competition. Approximately $920 million is being awarded to the winners, in a bid to improve flood and stormwater protection at six vulnerable areas around New York and New Jersey.  Read More

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