Interactive: The Best Small Towns to Visit in America

Tour this map and see which idyllic small towns are closest to you


Editor’s Pick: Amazing Chicago Timelapse

When executed properly, timelapses can be absolutely spectacular

Lunch Atop a Skyscraper Photograph: The Story Behind the Famous Shot

For 80 years, the 11 ironworkers in the iconic photo have remained unknown, and now, thanks to new research, two of them have been identified

The deadliest disaster in New York before 9/11 killed many women and children and ultimately erased a German community from the map of Manhattan.

A Spectacle of Horror – The Burning of the General Slocum

The deadliest disaster in New York before 9/11 killed many women and children and ultimately erased a German community from the map of Manhattan

Population growth places the United States in a radically different position from that of Russia, Japan and Europe.

The Changing Demographics of America

The United States population will expand by 100 million over the next 40 years. Is this a reason to worry?


SI in the City

Erosion—caused by the North Sea's relentless pounding of England's east coast—had all but consumed Dunwich by 1750.

Ancient Cities Lost to the Seas

Dunwich, England, is one of several underwater sites where divers are discovering new information about historic cultures

The Acropolis Museum shows off treasures from the Parthenon.

A New Look for an Old City

The center of ancient Greek civilization is now home to a magnificent modern museum that highlights the city's storied past


Tadashi Kawamata Builds Tree Houses in New York City

The Finnish capital, facing the Baltic Sea (residents frequent the quay), enjoys a setting that has long enthralled visitors, including a Frenchman in 1838: "This town stretches over a vast peninsula...," he wrote, "the sea surrounds it on all sides."

Helsinki Warming

The city of Sibelius, known as a center for innovative technology and design, now stakes its claim as an urban hotspot


The Anti-Burb

Arcosanti, a struggling community in the Arizona desert, preaches the virtues of close quarters


Matters of Time

Everything old is news again


Olmsted's Triumph

One hundred and fifty years ago this month, the New York State legislature set aside the land that would become Central Park

The condition of the main facade in 1979, showing absence of the main steps


The New York City courthouse that caused his downfall has been returned to its former glory, and Tweed's odious reputation has been refurbished


Ghost Towns by Night Light

Madame de Meuron, a Swiss eccentric, with her characteristic ear trumpet and hat

Crazy? No, Just One Card Shy of a Full Deck

I had become what every New Yorker secretly longs to be, a harmless, amusing eccentric


Times Square Reborn

Coming at you: Manhattan's town square is spruced up for the 21st century


Warsaw: The City that Would Not Die

After Hitler obliterated it, the Poles put it back together, brick by brick


Just Another Day on the Sidewalks of New York


On These Sidewalks of New York, the Sun is Shining Again

Everybody's heard about the bad-news Bronx, but few realize there has been an amazing turnaround. Welcome to the good-news Bronx

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