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This Memorial Day, A Lost World at Cedar Grove Beach

After the city removed them last year, residents of the Staten Island community won't be celebrating the holiday with burgers and beers outside their beachside bungalows. As this unique way of NYC life fades, a look at its complex—and charming—history.

Moses, Jacobs And You: The Battle For Gotham

A history of the philosophical battle between Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, told by an author who, wisely, took it personally.

Missing Moses' Muscle

The politics of parks.

Waking the Dead

Lomex. Robert Moses. Westway. Jane Jacobs. What New York's planning past tells us about its future.

Five Boroughs. One City. No Plan.

Is the city's failure to plan a plan for failure?

Whose Dreams Will Decide?

The push for neighborhoods to have more than a voice.

Surf's Up, Ferry's Down: The Rockaways' Transit Troubles

The peninsula's long journey out of the economic devastation will be challenged—but, some residents insist, not stopped—by cuts to ferry service and increases in bridge tolls.

Reviews: A City on Fire

"New York, like Vietnam, wasn’t so simple, and the fatal flaw in applying a RAND model to New York City’s fires lay in the fact cities are comprised of human beings, and human beings make mistakes."

Into the Wild:
Nature's NYC

A photographic survey of the city’s parkland reveals verdant, untamed places most New Yorkers don’t know are theirs.

All Together Now: Toward
A Better Land Use Process

An expert in local "progressive community-based planning" explains what that means and how to do it.

In Summertime, the
Street Is For Park-ing

Around the city where recreational space is scarce, people are taking to the streets.

Why 'The Other Half'
Lived -- And Lives On

A book explores the ideology and influence of Jacob Riis.

Now It's Jacobs' Turn:
A Look At Her Legacy

A friend and colleague of author Jane Jacobs reviews the icon's thinking, spurred by a major museum survey of her impact on this city - and all cities.

When Mayoral Past
Is Presidential Prologue

Attention, voters: the nitty-gritty details of the Giuliani years come rushing back in this survey of his era.

WHEN 'NIMBY' SAVES YOUR LIFE

This book documents the history, politics and meaning of undesirable facility placement - and resistance.

ROBERT MOSES RECONSIDERED:
BLIGHT IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

A noted urban thinker reminds us what was lost when Robert Moses deemed areas 'slums' and tore them down. The third in a series of essays on an ambitious three-part museum exhibit.

ROBERT MOSES RECONSIDERED:
POWER AND PROCESS RIGHT NOW

A noted urban thinker assesses the continuing debate by city leaders and the great builder's biographer over the meanings of Moses. The second in a series of essays on an ambitious three-part museum exhibit.

LUSTING FOR LESS CONTESTED STREETS

A new video shows NYC how three European cities escaped bondage to the car.

REMEMBERING JANE JACOBS

Urban planner Thomas G. Lunke on the life and times of a local luminary.

MASTERS OF THEIR DOMAIN: W. HARLEM TAKES ON COLUMBIA

Backed by Norman Siegel, local business owners fight to protect their property from eminent domain.


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Robert Moses was New York City and the region's "master builder" during the 20th century. He was responsible for numerous public projects that New Yorkers recognize today including the Brooklyn Battery Bridge and the Manhattan Expressway.

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