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  • 1 WTC Is Getting An Equally Tall Residential Neighbor

    Last week Denny’s opened a location in New York’s Financial District and we were positive that there could never be any greater news for the neighborhood. But we were wrong. 125 Greenwich has been announced as downtown’s tallest residential building and second-tallest skyscraper. At 1356 feet, it will be just 12 feet shy of the roof of nearby One World Trade Center and almost as tall as the city’s tallest residential building, Midtown’s 432 Park Avenue. Despite the immense height, 125 Greenwich only features 77 floors due to the enormous ceilings offered. There will be 10 full-floor penthouses at 5300 square feet each, and a 10,600 square foot duplex at the top, which will surely become downtown’s most expensive residence. If you happen to know who buys it, please invite us over. New Jersey must look incredible from there!

  • New York’s East Village Then and Now

    30 years ago, New York’s East Village was like another world. It was the center of the city’s music and art scenes, a place both Madonna and Jean Michel Basquiat called home. But the East Village could also be a dangerous neighborhood, with high crime rates and drug dealers on every corner. Like most of Manhattan, the East Village has since been reborn, with coffee shops, brunch spots, and unaffordable housing. In fact, it’s now one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the city and the country. Photographer Daniel Root recently came across photos he took of the Eat Village in 1984. Realizing its been 30 years and the significant changes in the neighborhood, he has been revisiting the locations and posting the series on Tumblr. There’s no commentary cheering or jeering gentrification, its simply a juxtaposition of then and now, allowing you to make your own conclusions. But there’s no denying that Tomkins could sure use a bandshell again.

  • SoHo Coffee Shop To Open “Central Perk” for ‘Friends’ 20th Anniversary

    Eight O’Clock Coffee will be completely remodeling their SoHo coffee shop into a pop-up shop made in the image of “Central Perk” from Friends. The fully functioning pop-up Central Perk coffee bar will be located at 199 Lafayette Street (at the corner of Broome Street) in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood. It will open its doors to the public on Wednesday, September 17, following a special media preview Monday and Tuesday, September 15–16, and will remain open through Saturday, October 18. The shop’s business hours are Mondays–Fridays, 8:00 am–8:00 pm, and Saturdays–Sundays, 10:00 am–8:00 pm. Highlights of the Central Perk pop-up shop include: Select special appearances by Friends’ James Michael Tyler, who guest starred on the series as Central Perk’s infamously deadpan barista, “Gunther” Photo ops on the re-created Central Perk set, including the actual orange couch from the show — perfect for “sofa selfies” Weekly in-store performances akin to Phoebe’s improvised songs; who can forget “Smelly Cat”? Contests and giveaways throughout the month, featuring prizes that include Friends on Blu-ray™ and DVD (all 10 seasons!), the limited-edition Central Perk Roast from Eight O’Clock Coffee, branded gift packs and more! Friends-themed merchandise and Eight O’Clock Coffee’s Central Perk Roast and other bagged varieties available for purchase more »

  • When Life Hands You Tomatoes, Throw Them At Each Other [12 Photos]

    Each year, on the last Wednesday of august, the Spanish town of Buñol holds a huge tomato throwing festival known as La Tomatina. It all began in 1945 when a fight during a parade ended with the crowd pelting each other with produce from a vegetable stall. The next year a group brought tomatoes from home and repeated the process. The tradition continued to grow in popularity each year and was actually banned in the 50s, with participants jailed. But the tomato throwers would not give up, and the town eventually conceded. This year 22,000 participants threw 125 tons of ripe tomatoes at each other. Apparently, the town wants ants, because that’s how you get ants.

  • The 5 Best Burgers in NYC According to the Gotham Burger Social Club

    It’s National Burger Day, you guys! The one time of year you don’t have to feel guilty for hawking down a delicious greasy hunk of beef smothered in grease, gooey cheese and bacon in between two pieces of carbs. In ten years eating a burger of this unhealthy magnitude might be as taboo as smoking a cigarette in a bar, but for now WEEEEEE! Here at the RSVLTS we consider ourselves burger enthusiasts more than connoisseurs, mostly because the entire burger is inside of us before we can tell you how good it was, but the gents over at Gotham Burger Social Club, however know a thing or two about how to rate the best burgers in the (un-)official burger capital of the world, New York City. Their mission; eat & rate great burgers and have a little fun! The GBSC has been around for about a year and made up of a group of men who congrigate at NYC’s best restaurants known for their take on the iconic burger, where they rate, rank and review each burger complimented with a few drinks. Over the past year the club has been to over 50 burger joints and reviewed 15 of the best. Of those 15 here are more »

  • The World’s Most Liveable Cities of 2014 in High Quality Photos

    Every year the The Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) claims its annualLiveability Survey which reveals the best and worst liveable cities in the world. For the 4th year in a row the same city has come out on top. Based on key factors including stability and the quality of healthcare, culture, the environment, education and infrastructure the EIU ranks it’s chosen cities based on a 100 point ranking system. Using these ratings the EIU found Vancouver, BC,  Vienna, Austria and Melbourne, Australia among the top 3 at a 97.3, 97.4, and 97.5 rank. The U.S. failed to rank among the top 10, most likely based on it’s expensive heath care system. The top 10 list actually hasn’t changed since 2011, Melbourne topping the list for the past 4 years. The Bottom 3 include (138) Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (139) Dhaka, Bangladesh and (140) Damascus, Syria. Here are the top 10 most liveable cities in high quality photos   10. Aukland, New Zealand Image: Shutterstock/DmitrySerbin Image: Shutterstock/Photo Image   9. Perth, Australia Image: Shutterstock/Gordon Bell Image: Shutterstock/Salehuddin 8. Helsinki, Finland Image: Shutterstock/Oleksiy Mark Image: Shutterstock/Oleksiy Mark   7. Sydney, Australia Image: Shutterstock/Dan Breckwoldt Image: Shutterstock/Leah-Anne Thompson 6. Calgary, Alberta Image: Shutterstock/e X p o more »

  • Portugal In Hyperlapse Will Amaze You [Video]

    Ukraine-based filmmaker Kiril Neiezhmakov has made hyperlapse videos of his travels in Moscow and Paris in the past and now he has created an incredible video that presents Portugal like you’ve never seen it before. As opposed to the static placement of the camera in traditional time-lapse productions, hyperlapse involves moving the camera to create a tracking shot. What elevates Kiril’s videos to another level is his transitions between locales. It’s like a sci-fi journey through space and time in glorious HD. After watching the Portugal video, be sure to check out his other hyperlapse creations at Vimeo.

  • This Giant Waterpark Was Once A Zeppelin Hangar [20 Photos]

    This former World War II zeppelin hangar may not look like much from the outside, but inside it contains one Europe’s largest waterpark. Located in Krausnick, Germany, Tropical Islands Resort is located in the former CargoLifter airship hangar, the largest free-standing hall in the world. The 650,000 sq ft facility contains a tropical village with replicas of traditional buildings from Thailand, Borneo, Samoa and Bali; a rainforest with 50,000 plants; a tropical sea that’s a 47,000 sq ft pool with a 660 ft beach; and a 13,000 sq ft Bali lagoon with fountains, canals, and whirlpools. There are also water slides, a golf course, and luxurious lodging options inside the facility. Now it’s time for America to do its thing and copy the idea while making it even bigger and better!

  • Add This Brilliantly Colorful Mosque To Your Travel Bucket List

    The Nasir al-Molk Mosque is one of the most colorful buildings on Earth. The multitude of stained glass windows, which is uncommon in Mosques, especially for those built before the 20th century, turns the inside of the mosque into a riotous wonderland of color that is absolutely breathtaking as Japanese photographer Koach explains:

  • You Can Now Take a Virtual Tour To the Peak of Mount Everest

    The treacherous ascent of Mount Everest is undoubtedly known as the most dangerous in the world. It’s hanging cliffs of ice and snow, waiting for the slightest gust of wind or sound to crumble down it’s crevasses make it a death wish for every climber who attempts the climb. And if the surrounding terrain isn’t enough to kill you the unforgiving altitude and wind will surely finish the job.  The conditions are so harsh, in fact, about 250 people have died trying to get to the peak of the highest mountain on the planet. Now Discovery Channel is taking the real fear out of everest and letting you take a virtual tour up the highest peak in the word. The ascent starts at the Everest Base Camp which is around 17,500 feet above sea level. From there you pass Khumbu Icefall, an ice river cliff that can reach up to 100 ft high and moves up to 6-feet a day causing ropes to break, ladders crushed and sometimes losing bodies in it’s ever moving ridges. The 3D trek, which finishes with a 360-degree view at Everest’s peak  is featured on a landing page for Discovery’s “Everest Avalanche Tragedy” a site dedicated o a documentary about the 16 sherpas who more »

  • Take Off: and See the Beautiful Temples and Rivers of Laos

    To many Laos is a country rarely heard of, sandwiched in between the beautiful coast of Vietnam and wide landscaped of Thailand. When the thought of traveling to South East Asia comes to mind, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand always take reign over the narrow country of Loas, but for years has been a diamond in the rough for travelers, with the beautiful temples, tranquil rivers and waterfalls of Luang Prabang. Laos is quickly becoming a sole destination for european travelers looking to relax while floating down one of it’s flowing rivers, but also exploring it’s rich history and customary traditions that have remained in tact for hundreds of years. Vat Phou or Wat Phu is the UNESCO world heritage site in Southern Laos Image: Shutterstock/isarescheewin   Buddha Park, Vientiane Image: Shutterstock/Danhvc   Buddhist Temple Image: Shutterstock/Galyna Andrushko   Village near by river and hill, luang prabang city Image: Shutterstock/Rat007   Buddhist Temple Image: Shutterstock/Galyna Andrushko   Hot air balloons flying over the river Nam Song at sunrise. Vang Vieng Image: Shutterstock/Kiwisoul Stairs at Mount Phousi, Luang Prabang Image: Shutterstock/M R   Night market in Luang Prabang Image: Shutterstock/Em7   Landscape by the Song river at Vang Vieng Image: Shutterstock/ kridsada tipchot more »

  • 20 Reasons You Should Book a Ticket To Iceland Now [Travel Tuesdays]

    Iceland is a country full of enough natural wonders to keep your adult ADD in check for at least a couple of weeks. With beautiful summer weather and brisk winters, Iceland is the perfect spot to visit during all four seasons. With stunning colorful mountains, bursting geysers and of course the Northern Lights, Iceland should definitely be your next adventure. Oh and did we mention it’s only a four hour flight from New York.

  • Amazing Slow-Mo Footage Captures A True New York City Summer

    Anyone who’s experienced a New York City summer can tell you it’s anything but pleasant. The heat waves rising from the black pavement, the windows from the skyscrapers above magnifying and directing sunlight straight into your face, that cool refreshing breeze with hints of that garbage smell that seems to be a stagnant cloud around the city. Not pleasant. Not at all. Well filmographer Tim Sessler sought out to change your perception on the beauty of NYC summers by giving you a slowed down version of a city in fast forward. Tessler and his production team at Free Fly Systems traveled around Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx filming everyday life in the big city. Capturing beautiful night time landscapes, skateboarding below the Brooklyn Bridge and playing in the fire hydrant to name a few shots. Shot with the Freefly TERO in the streets of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens./Stabilized with the Freefly MōVI M10 and M15./Shot on the Phantom Miro LC320S (1500-2000fps) and Red Epic Dragon STREETS – NEW YORK CITY from Tim Sessler on Vimeo.

  • 5 Things Dante de Blasio Will Love About His New Home and 5 Things He’ll Hate

    In what’s been perhaps the most publicized move since 2008, the de Blasios, on Sunday, said arrivederci to their Park Slope dwelling and ciao to their new, much grander Upper East Side pad, Gracie Mansion. The move is glamorous, but for a teen that’s spent their whole life somewhere, like the mayor’s son Dante, any move can be daunting. In case Dante is still feeling a bit jetlagged and isn’t sure how he feels about the whole ordeal, we’ve broken down five things that Dante will love and five things he’ll hate about the address change.

  • Rent This Luxury Airstream For A California Coast Adventure

    AKA is known for their luxury extended stay residences around the country, and but now visitors to AKA Beverly Hills have an incredible mobile option. In May, AKA introduced the AKA mobile suite, allowing residents to rent a top-of-the-line Airstream trailer and GMC Yuko Denali for a five-day journey along the California coast. The Airstream will make you think you never left your room at AKA with a comfortable bedroom area; lounge area with leather sofa; fully equipped kitchen; bathroom and shower; iPod interface; and flat screen TV/DVD combo. Rates begin at $6000 for the five-day excursion. For more info, visit AKA.

  • Inside LEGO’s Denmark Office/Playground [15 Photos]

    Think of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, only instead of a secretive chocolate factory, it’s tiny toy bricks. That’s essentially what LEGO’s Billund, Denmark headquarters is like. Completely shut off to the public the facility uses a “listening post” in Los Angeles to keep up with trends. Inside, however, looks like an open space office more suited for a trendy media agency, not a toy factory, but this is how LEGO has been doing business since 1949. The company employs around 180 people from 24 different countries, but uses fun as the general language around the office. Slides and colorful conference rooms help the creativity within the confines to generate some of the longest running toys in the world.

  • Surprising Photos That Show Everyday Life In Iran Isn’t All That Different From The United States

    Before the critics go ripping us for implying Iran is a place full of rainbows and butterflies we’ll elaborate on the title. Yes, there is rogue violence throughout the country. Yes, women are oppressed. Yes, the U.S. government has travel warnings. But when we came across a Reddit thread featuring suprisingly beautiful photos and a discussion on travel to the country’s biggest city Tehran it became apparent that the U.S. media might be trying to convince us that Iran is a hell hole when in reality it has amazing culture, beautiful people and scenic locations. If you want to read about first hand accounts of travel to Iran check out this fascinating convo on Reddit.

  • Bizarre Clone Cities Around The World [14 Photos]

    Apparently everything has been done as far as architecture is concerned because all over the world cities are ripping off iconic buildings and sometimes, in China’s case, entire cities. Want to see the Parthenon in Greece? Save yourself a few bucks and go see it in Tennessee instead. Their’s ain’t even broken! Want to see the Statue of Liberty but also shop for weird tentacle porn after? Go see the clone in Tokyo! Want to see Paris without all the smug Frenchies? Check out China’s Paris ghost town in Tianducheng! Jeez China, you really make knockoffs of everything, huh?

  • Bird’s Eye View Airport Photos Are Surprisingly Peaceful [12 Photos]

    When you think about airports, you think about the stress of arriving hours before your flight; the stress of getting fondled and interrogated by TSA; the stress of making it to your gate before your flight leaves despite arriving at the airport hours ago. And if you’re afraid of flying, there’s that, too. Airports are not a peaceful place. At least, they aren’t from our point of view, here on the ground. But when you look down at airports from satellite images, they don’t seem so bad. Just expanses of runways and some cute little planes. Even the world’s busiest airports, like Heathrow and JFK, look serene. For more of these calming airport images, check out Holding Pattern. Just don’t let these pictures fool you, airports are still awful.

  • 42 Astounding Natural Wonders of California: No Filter Necessary

    Taking up more than half of the west coast California is home to some of the best beaches and mountains alike. Not to mention endless national parks, endangered wildlife and of course home of the infamous Redwood State Park. California: No Filter Needed. If these astounding photos don’t make you want to drop everything and book a trip to California then nothing will. If you haven’t seen everything on this list get off your butt and start exploring, but make sure you share this with your Facebook friends first.

  • 11 Eerie Photos Of 1960s NYC Devoid Of People

    French photographer Eugene Atget was well known for his photos documenting early 1900s Paris. His antiquated technique, requiring long exposure times, meant Atget would work in the early morning hours, before any pedestrian traffic. The resulting photos show Paris devoid of any people. In 1964, photographer Duane Michaels sought to recreate Atget’s empty city in New York. Michaels wandered the city in the early morning and captured New York like it had never been seen before. For more of Duane Michaels’ work, check out DC Moore Gallery.

  • A Time Lapse Tour Through the Streets of Barcelona

    Barcelona is one of those cities that capture the culture and beauty of it’s people and history through it’s unaltered cobble stone streets and architecture. Shanghai-based photographer Rob Whitworth created a mind boggling time-lapse of the best locations and landscapes the Spanish city has to offer. It took Rob 363 hours work total (75 Hours Logistics and Travel, 31 Hours Scouting and Location Finding, 78 Hours Shooting and 179 Hours Post Production) to create this video. Using a method he calls flow-motion, Rob was able to use 26,014 shots to create this intense virtual tour around Barcelona. Barcelona GO! from Rob Whitworth on Vimeo.

  • Dubai is Creating the World’s First Climate Controlled City/ Bond Villain Headquarters

    Dubai has it’s fair share of surreal accommodations, unheard of luxury and a police squadron of super-cars, so why not? Why not work on plans for a city completely separated from the conditions of the outside world? Why not take 48 million square-feet and turn it into a mini metropolis? It’s called the Mall the of the World, and it will be the world’s first city-sized enclosure allowing it’s residents to nearly avoid outside conditions completely. The point is to give people the ability to experience normal city life inside the controlled environment for weeks on end. With Dubai’s summer temperature averaging 104 degrees (F) the city will be looked at as the premiere destination for travel or even seasonal business. Their winter temperatures reach around 72 degrees (F), during those months the promenade would open it’s roofs allowing cooler temperatures to flow through the city streets. The full monty will include over 100 hotels & serviced apartment buildings, including over 20,000 hotel rooms, the largest theme park in the world and the largest mall in the world, at over 8 million square-feet.

  • 10 of the Toughest Man Meals on the Planet

    According to Hemingway, a man’s diet should consist of ham, sausage, sauerkraut, and beer. In other words, Hemingway thinks men should follow the diet of a German soldier. But what dishes scream manliness like bacon and eggs or simply a pint of scotch, neat. Here, we’re trying to tackle the manliest meals from around the world. We’re not looking for heart-attack burgers or  twenty-three pounds of pork. Instead, we’re giving you hearty, traditional dishes fit for the men at the navy yard. Schweinshaxe, Germany: More specifically, pork knuckle. Juicy and crackly, the Germans serve this platter atop a few pounds of Knödel (potato dumplings), sauerkraut, or red cabbage. Up the Mante: Cleanse your palate with a liter of Augustiner, which is basically another meal in itself.   Black Pudding, United Kingdom: Not pudding in any American sense, black pudding is actually sausage encased with pork blood and oatmeal. Up the Mante: Order with a battered and fried with a traditional English, served with massive slabs of bacon — not like our thin, overly crisp version — fried eggs, more sausage, and, of course, a cup of tea.   Sannakji, South Korea: This South Korean staple turns dinnertime into Fear Factor. more »

  • POV Videos Of Verruckt, The World’s Tallest Waterslide

    Last fall, we shared photos of the construction of Verruckt, the world’s tallest waterslide at Kansas City’s Schlitterbahn water park. Originally slated to open in May, here we are in July and sadly the slide is still not open to the public. However, the folks at Schlitterbahn have given us hope with these two recent videos. The first is a POV video of a test run with only sand bags in the raft while the second video is a manned test run with waterpark designer Jeff Henry and ride engineer John Schooley in the raft. Now let’s just hope they open it up to the public soon!

  • Visit Space In A Luxury Balloon

    Everyone is aware of Virgin Galactic’s space voyages that are set to begin commercial service soon and it would be awesome if we could all go, however not everyone who’s not a celebrity or billionaire adventurer can afford the $250,000 ticket. What many people don’t know is that another company, World View, will be offering tours into space via a luxury balloon for the low, low price of just $75,000. Relatively speaking, that’s not too bad! A joint venture from Arizona’s Paragon Space Development Corporation and British studio Priestmangoode, who designed cabins for Virgin Airlines, World View will take passengers 100,000 feet above the Earth’s surface. The capsule is carried up via large balloon, reaching the 100,000 feet mark in about 90 minutes. The capsule will then float around for a few hours before returning to terra firma. Inside the luxury capsule will be a bar, snack area, and a bathroom and plenty of viewing areas. Reserve your seat with a $5,000 deposit at World View.

  • 14 Hybrid Photos of London’s Bridges Then And Now

    London’s Tower Bridge turns 120 this week and to celebrate the mileston the Museum of London Docklands is hosting its largest art exhibit. Titled Bridge, the exhibit features both historical and contemporary works of art and photography showcasing the city’s many bridges. The museum used photos from their archives and contemporary photos taken from the same angle to create these hybrid photos below. No matter how life has changed over the last century, these bridges are still just as important at connecting the city and its citizens. For more info on the exhibit, running through November 2, check out the Museum of London Docklands.

  • Las Vegas Time-Lapse In 4K Will Blow You Away [Video]

    High-Definition is extremely impressive…if you’re living in the early 2000s. But here in the mid-2010s, 1080p no longer cuts it. The 2160p resolution of 4k ultra high-definition is what we need and we won’t settle for any less. Photo Trekker realizes this and that’s why they made this incredible time-lapse video of Las Vegas that looks more real than looking out the window. It took 5 days of shooting for this 92-second video, using 4 Canon 5D Mark III cameras. There’s two more 4k time-lapse videos on the way from Photo Trekker, and if they’re anything like this, we can’t wait.