Word of Mouth: Pittsburgh

A city changing from industrial icon to a culinary and cultural hub, much to the delight of locals and visitors alike

Pittsburgh, moated off from its suburbs by the ribboning of three rivers (the Allegheny and Monongahela and Ohio) finds itself in the midst of a revolution. On the banks lie—vacant and, in many people’s eyes, obtrusive—the remnants of a fruitful industrial economy. Steel mills, smog and successful, sinful businesspeople make up the foundation of Pittsburgh history, but since the turn of the 21st century, imagination, …

Ten Summer Outdoor Essentials for All Types of Adventure

Whether enjoying the wilderness or visiting a city beach, some of our favorite products to make the most of the warm weather

Summer has officially arrived in the Northern Hemisphere—and not a moment too soon. For most city dwellers, the warmer weather means either getting out of town as much as possible or enjoying the outdoors whenever possible—be that floating down a river on an inflatable tube, camping in the mountains, sun-bathing at the beach, or grilling by a lake. In celebration of summer, we have selected …

AREA4 + Architect Suchi Reddy’s Prospect Park Pinwheel Flower Garden

An installation of epic proportions, "Connective Project" breathes life into a natural nook

As Brooklyn’s Prospect Park celebrates its 150th anniversary, an underused patch of land in Frederick Law Olmsted’s sprawling wonder now contains a temporary public work of wonder. Situated in the 2.5-acre Rose Garden, 7,000 flower-like pinwheels compose the “Connective Project.” The bright yellow pinwheels contain interior art creations—contributions from various Brooklyn artists, public figures and local Brooklynites. Everyone from Russell Simmons to Alan Arkin submitted …

NYC Officially Approves the Lowline Project

Great news for NYC: city regulators have given the first official approval to build the Lowline, a subterranean park that will exist in the abandoned Williamsburg Bridge Railway terminal in the LES. Similar to the Highline, the park will use a once abandoned public space and fill it with lush greenery, but will also endeavor to be tech-forward—growing plants underground, next to an active subway …

A Secret Portion of Central Park Just Reopened

A previously restricted portion of Central Park has reopened to the public after over 80 years. Located just south of Wollman Rink, the four-acre peninsula was closed off to the public in the ‘30s by former parks commissioner Robert Moses to serve as a sanctuary for birds. Now, under a new initiative by the Central Park Conservancy that aims to revitalize unkempt areas of the …