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  • The 10 Best Rooftop Bars In New York City

    Don’t be fooled by that snow on your windowsill, for the Polar Vortex has been (mostly) vanquished by the Sword of Spring, and you must move all your drinking activities to the great outdoors. Gothamist rounded up a list of excellent rooftop bars last year, and now that warm weather has returned-ish, they’re ready for round two, with some old standbys included along with a few new ones. Here, in no particular order, are their favorite rooftop bars in the city.

  • Standardizing The World’s Subway Maps

    Paris-based architect Jug Cerovic was unimpressed with the subway maps he came across while traveling the world. His search for a map that was clear and easy-to-use led him to draw up his own. Beginning with his native Serbia, then moving on to Paris and Madrid, Cerovic created simple maps with lots of information but very little clutter. He continued making maps for subway systems across Europe, Asia, and North America. Along the way, he developed a standardized system that he tried to convince the cities to adopt. However, convincing the various cities to agree on a standard proved impossible, so Cerovic opted just to sell the maps on his website. He is also working on a mobile app so you can always have the maps at your fingertips. I’ve already downloaded the New York map to my phone. It even has the PATH and Light Rail for those of us in New Jersey! Be sure to check out the rest of the maps at INAT.

  • Adding Color To 15 Iconic and Historic Photos of New York City

    The only thing we love more than Kate Upton floating around in Zero G is when photoshop savvy historians take old black and white photos and bring them to life through creative colorization. One of the most popular stories in RSVLTS.com Adding Color To The Most Iconic Photos In History so we decided to do a follow up focusing on New York City. 

  • This Supercut of Rats Invading New York City Will Make Your Skin Crawl [Not For The Squeamish]

    This week, New Yorkers were gripped by an era-defining viral video: the one where a rat runs all over a subway car. But that footage was just part of a larger genre of modern outsider art: cell-phone videos of New York City rats. nymag.com dove into a simple YouTube search (“new york rat”) and uncovered hundreds of videos taken by everyday people who felt the need to document their rat sightings. Some are relatively mundane, at least for native New Yorkers (rats on the subway tracks, rats hanging out near garbage in broad daylight); but some can horrify even the most hardened city-dweller (three words: “rat in toilet”). After rooting through this huge trove of amateur video, they put together a little supercut to celebrate rat videos and the rodents who inspire them. Claw away!

  • How To Get Lost (On Purpose)

    I’ve got a few strange hobbies. I like to ski, I like to drink craft beer, I like to salsa dance, and I like to get lost in new cities. Doesn’t sound too odd, does it? Well, it’s uncomfortable. It’s also frustrating. You always look like a fool when you don’t know where you’re going, and every subway is so tricky to figure out at first. But that’s the point. What a beautiful contrast it is to be the guy staring at rooftops and road signs while the world scurries by. As I write this, I’m sharing a table with a stranger in a random coffee house in Boston. I’m sort of lost. I can see the docks, so I’m not too out of place. I could find myself on a map, if I tried. Either way, after I finish this article and a bit of other work, I’m going to go out and see what else I can find. I heard the aquarium is pretty neat; maybe I’ll stop by. A museum or two? I like history. What I won’t do is this: buy a day pass for a trolley tour with a bunch of other tourists. That’s not more »

  • American Food Aisles From Around The World [15 Photos]

    Go into pretty much any supermarket in America and you’ll find the “ethnic foods” aisle which undoubtedly stocks all sorts of Mexican food, and, depending on your neighborhood demographics, British, Indian, Korean, Estonian, etc. But if you go to another country will you find “American” food in a special aisle? Hell yeah, you will! And apparently American food to everyone else is either high sodium or high sugar junk food. It’s good to know that wherever you are in the world, you will be able to buy marshmallow fluff and peanut butter. What’s that, garcon? You want me to eat escar-huh? Ain’t that a snail? No thanks, dude, I got me some fluffernutters.

  • New York Public Library Releases 20,000 High-Quality Maps For Free Download

    The New York Public Library has released more than 20,000 high-quality maps for free download through their Map Warper tool. All that’s needed is a free account then download access is granted to all sorts of maps, including 1,100 of the mid-Atlantic states from the 16th to 19th centuries; 700 topographic maps of the Austro-Hungarian empire created between 1877 and 1914; 2,800 maps from state, county and city atlases; 10,300 maps from property, zoning, topographic, and fire insurance atlases of New York City dating from 1852 to 1922; and  more than 1,000 maps of New York City, its boroughs and neighborhoods, dating from 1660 to 1922, which detail transportation, vice, real estate development, urban renewal, industrial development and much more. All they ask is that if used, credit for the maps is given as follows: ”From The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library.” For more info on the project, check out the NYPL blog.

  • 25 Interesting Borders From Around The World

    As more and more nations face economic hardship, it’s common for immigration policies to face increasing scrutiny. With that in mind, it’s interesting to see how different nations handle their borders. In much of Europe, where travel is open between European Union member states, there is often times little more than a sign, if that. In areas where illegal immigration is a concern, such as the United States-Mexico border, the scene is quite different. But no matter the attitude on the national level, individually we are all just people who want to get along, which is what makes the pictures of the Indian tourists posing with the Chinese border guard and the Arizona-Mexico volleyball match especially poignant. And Slovenia and Croatia just drawing a line through a bar? That’s my kind of diplomacy. For more of these sorts of photos, visit Reddit’s /r/Borderporn.

  • 32 Photos That Will Make You Want To Visit The Great Barrier Reef

    The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching 1,600 miles of the northeastern Australia. Sadly, the ecosystem is incredibly fragile and with climate change, over fishing, oil and additional factors one of the seven wonders is in great jeopardy. We pulled together the following photos to show the stunning beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and encourage you to plan a visit while you can.

  • The 10 Most Dangerously Incredible Roads in the World

    Some of the most beautiful visuals in the world would not exist if it weren’t for the sacrifice man has made out of neccecity to get from point A to point B. A quick route through a mountain created by decades of construction and engineering marvel could lead to some of the most stunning views this world has ever scene. But these roads are just as spectacular as they are dangerous. Mud slides, treacherous terrain and falling cars are some of the challenges you’ll have to endure when traveling to these dangerously incredible roads.

  • The Global Guide To Hand Gestures [Infographic]

    Plan on an international vacation any time soon? You might be wise to look at this infographic and learn what common hand gestures mean around the world. You wouldn’t want to find yourself in a pickle after a giving a thumbs up to some Latin American gentlemen. And the downward hand wave meaning “go away” in some countries and “come here” in others? That’s more confusing than flammable and inflammable! Source: Cheap Flights

  • The Awesome Vehicles of James Bond [13 Photos]

    Beginning today, the London Film Museum will be exhibiting “Bond in Motion,” the largest official collection of James Bond vehicles. And it’s not just the classic cars from the films, all sorts of wacky flying vehicles and submarines are on display, too. For info on tickets, check out the London Film Museum. The exhibit will be running all year long, but if you’re not going to make it, here are some pictures to show you just what you’re missing out on. Is it weird that the Mercury Cougar is probably my favorite of these?

  • Breakdancer at Famous Paris Landmarks [20 Photos]

    Breakdancer Kapstand travels to famous Paris landmarks, photographing himself performing one-arm handstands. His form is so incredible, that if he wasn’t wearing different clothes in the pictures, you’d think it was the same pic Photoshopped into each locale. You can keep up with Kapstand’s upside-down journeys at his Facebook page. It’s all pretty impressive, I guess. I have a picture where I’m doing a somersault in front of Storybook Land in Atlantic City. Kapstand, consider yourself served. 

  • Teen Climbs 1 World Trade Center [Link]

    A 16-year-old from Weehawken, New Jersey has been arrested after climbing to the top of 1 World Trade Center. Around 4 am on Sunday night, Justin Casquejo snuck past a sleeping guard, who has since been fired, and reached the roof of America’s tallest building. The no fun police at the Port Authority are charging Casquejo with misdemeanor trespassing, but it’s more than worth it since he’s now the coolest kid in his high school.

  • Abandoned Salt Mine Becomes An Amusement Park [16 HQ Photos]

    An abandoned salt mine from 1932 has been transformed into a historical site and amusement park in Romania. Salina Turda in Turda, Transylvania, Romania was used as a salt mine beginning in 1075 until it was abandoned in 1932. After 60 years, the site reopened as a historical venue, with much of the old equipment intact, along with an amusement park. Now visitors can learn about salt mines and also go for a ride on a ferris wheel, play some mini golf, basketball, or football, or visit an underground lake. Salina Turda is also well known as a halotherapy spot, with its salt air believed to offer health benefits. It sort of looks like a Mars mine from the original Total Recall. Get your ass to Romania.

  • Florence, Italy is Spectacular at Night [19 High Quality Photos]

    Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages. Due to Florence’s artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and the city is noted for its history, culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments. The city also contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace, amongst others, and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture and politics.

  • Timelapse: The Chicago River Turned Green In 30 Seconds

    Each year on St. Patrick’s Day the Chicago Plumbers Union sponsors an event that turns the Chicago River in the heart of the city bright green. The process usually takes a few hours but now with the help of timelapse we see the entire process sped up to a manageable 30 seconds.

  • NYC’s Mayor De Blasio Gets Entertainment Advice From Steve Buscemi [Video]

    This Saturday marks the annual Inner Circle Show at the New York Hilton where Mayor De Blasio will be lampooned by reporters, bloggers, and radio and TV personalities. Afterwards, the mayor customarily gives his rebuttal to the friendly ribbing. To help out the new mayor with his act, seasoned entertainer Steve Buscemi gives him advice on acting and ventriloquism in this new video. For more information on this year’s 92nd Annual Inner Circle Show, titled “Stuck With de Bill,” and the charities it benefits, check out the official Facebook page.

  • Holi: The Festival Of Colors [24 HQ Photos]

    Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors, is celebrated all over the world this week. Holi is an annual springtime celebration observed on the last full moon of the lunar month. Bright-colored powders are thrown by participants at friends and strangers alike to celebrate Krishna’s pranks and the arrival of spring and the vibrant colors associated with the season. The following photos are from Holi festivities all across India. If you come across Holi festivities in your neck of the woods, don’t get mad if you get hit with powder. Instead celebrate the moment and enjoy yourself, knowing that spring is here. After this winter, we all deserve a little break.

  • Zooming Out On Famous Landmarks [18 Photos]

    Often when we look at photos of famous landmarks from around the world, our perception of their magnitude and their surroundings is skewed. For some, it could be that we think of them as being enormous edifices, where modern society dare not encroach. While other times we may not grasp just how big they are in relation to their surroundings. By zooming out on a collection of these iconic landmarks, we get a better sense of them, which can be either awe inspiring or soul crushing depending on the circumstances.

  • The World: A Cruise Ship With Permanent Residents [15 Photos]

    Do you want the freedom to travel but also want to take all your stuff with you wherever you go? Are you also incredibly rich? Launched in 2002, The World is a cruise ship whose residents own their apartments on board and many live permanently. There are 150-200 residents from 19 different countries on the ship at any one time, living in 165 residences, from studios to 3-bedroom apartments. They furnish and decorate their rooms however they wish because it is theirs to own. The World will stay at ports around the world for about 3 days, but you don’t really need to leave. The ship has a grocery store, deli, boutique, fitness center, billiard room, golf simulator and putting greens, jogging track, spa, swimming pool, cocktail lounges, and the only full-sized tennis court at sea. The cost? Well, if you have to ask…

  • Everyone Needs To Visit Zion National Park (At Least) Once In Their Lifetime [31 HQ Photos]

    Located in the Springdale, Utah the reddish sandstone visuals and natural arches of Zion National Park are second to none. On any given hike you can follow paths of natives and pioneers centuries old. The sandstone cliffs of the park have gained worldwide acclaim for their cream, pink and red color that accent the blue skies of Utah splendidly. With a rich history of human history over 12,000 years old the first people of Zion tracked mammoth, giant sloth, and camel across southern Utah. The park has more than a 1,000 species of plants ranging from tall, graceful cottonwoods growing along the river to towering pines and firs shading the higher elevations

  • Chinese Government Sanctions Graffiti Section on Great Wall

    For years the Great Wall of China has been riddled with a graffiti problem that is only getting worse. Names and messaged are being etched into the wall leaving permanent damage on stones dating back centuries. Which is why Chinese authorities are changing graffiti laws on the wall in designated sections. On Sunday, Chinese news outlets reported that a specific graffiti area will be established at the Mutianyu section of the wall where visitors will be free to leave their mark in the hope of containing the scribbling. A second option autorities are looking into is an electronic touchscreen graffiti wall which has had a great deal of success used at other landmarks plagued with vandal issues in China.

  • Ride The Rails For Free With #AmtrakResidency

    A few months back, New York City-based writer Jessica Gross tweeted about wanting an Amtrak residency to help inspire her. Amtrak liked the idea and sent her on a trip from New York to Chicago. The experiment proved successful and quite popular and last month Amtrak announced they would set up a residency program to deal with all the requests they were receiving. Now that the details have been worked out, Amtrak has started taking applications. Up to 24 writers will be selected for the program, and don’t worry if you’re not established, emerging writers are encouraged to apply also. For all the fine print and to fill out the application, head over to Amtrak.

  • The Sleaze Of Old Times Square [30 HQ Photos]

    When artist Mitch O’Connell was trying to make it big in his late teens, he would travel to New York City with his illustrations and wander the city, taking photographs. In those days, the most exciting place was 42nd Street, home to peep shows, porno theaters, and adult book stores. And a Howard Johnson’s! Apparently, in the days of wine and roses that were late 80s/early 90s Times Square, you could get a peep show for just a quarter! You’re lucky if you can get a gumball for a quarter these days. Sure, Times Square is a lot safer now, but at what cost? This is just a small sample of Mitch’s photos. Check out the rest and his great illustrations at the Mitch O’Connell Blog.  

  • Beautiful Visualization Of European Air Traffic Over A 24 Hour Period

    During summer air traffic over Europe becomes an intense 24x7x365 operation. This data visualization was created from real flight data showing Heathrow as the busiest international airport in Europe, and Gatwick as the busiest single runway airport in the world. Using flightradar24.com you can do something similar. This site will show you where the airplanes flying overhead are headed in real time. Give it a try.

  • 30 Vital New York City Travel Tips In GIF Form

    With warm weather just around the corner plenty of people across America (and the world for that matter) are planning their first trip to New York City. Graphic designer Nathan Pyle has lived in New York City for years and he created the following series of animated GIFS showing basic travel etiquette for NYC newcomers. If you you are a NYC pro these will probably make you laugh. Nathan is putting this travel guide into book form which you can learn about on his website nathanwpyle.com.

 
 
 
 
 

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