1906 photograph of Ota Benga holding a chimpanzee at the Bronx Zoo

Ota Benga and the Living Ethnographic Exhibit

In the book Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga, Pamela Newkirk tells a tale that is more than astonishing.
Wall St. street sign

Wall Street’s Slave Market

New York City will unveil a plaque today marking the location of the city's slave market at Wall Street.
A young coyote in a field.

Gotham Coyote Project

Coyotes in New York City? You bet. Read more about carnivores living in urban areas.
A landscape of NYC's overlapping buildings and skyscrapers with the addition of even more new construction.

Can Mayor de Blasio Save Affordable Housing in NYC? Can Anyone?

de Blasio’s plan suggests just how overwhelming the housing issue is in New York: the most ambitious plan ever may address only a fraction of the problem.