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  • How To Cross Anything Off Your Travel Bucket List (From The Guys Who Know)

    Eight years ago, when we were in our early twenties, three friends and I made a list of a ‘100 Things to do Before You Die‘ and decided to help people we met cross items of their own bucket list. We borrowed an RV, bought a camera on eBay, made matching t-shirts and hit the road for a two week road trip. Since then we’ve crossed off list items like make a TV show (#53), write a NY times best selling book (#19), played ball with Obama (#93) and asked millions of people the question ‘What do you want to do before you die?’. Over the years we’ve found that the # 1 item on people’s bucket list is to travel. We’ve heard countless stories of how people wish to have grand adventures to see the rough and elegant wonders of the world. This year we wanted to make that happen for two deserving people and give them a trip of a lifetime, travelling the world crossing off the most epic bucket list items of all time.

  • This Is What NYC’s Village Halloween Parade Looked Like In 1980

    Each year around 2 million spectators, plus over 60,000 costumed participants flood New York City’s West Village area for a parade that stretches for more than a mile, up Manhattan’s Sixth Avenue. The parade dates back to 1974, when Greenwich Village puppeteer and mask maker Ralph Lee asked his children and friends to wear the 100+ costumes he had accumulated through his work. The parade was so popular it was held the following year. In an age before pop-up Halloween super stores like Ricky’s started selling cookie cutter costumes for the masses people used to have to take a more DIY approach to their costumes and a perfect example of this are the following photos from Halloween 1980.

  • One World Trade Center Opens For Business And The View Is Amazing

    One World Trade Center’s first tenant will move in on Monday when Conde Nast moves into floors 20 through 44 of the 1,776-foot skyscraper. It has been over 8 years since construction began on the world’s tallest office building, and we can’t wait to see the view from the top for ourselves. Unfortunately, the 120,000 square foot observation deck on the 102nd floor won’t open until spring 2015. However, photographer James Keivom was able to capture these photos from the unfinished deck. For more photos and info about One World Trade Center, check out the full article at the Daily News.

  • Artists Transform NYC Water Towers To Promote Water Scarcity Awareness

    In an effort to draw attention to the global water crisis and bring art to the New York City skyline, water towers in the city that never sleeps are being transformed with the creative touch of well-known participants. As part of The Water Tank Project, each water tower is being covered in creative, lively, colorful, and powerful artworks by some of the most renowned international artists, including Jeff Koons.

  • NYC’s MTA Celebrates 110 Years of Service By Letting Passengers Ride Vintage Subway Trains

    As part of the commemoration of the New York subway’s 110th anniversary, MTA New York City Transit ran two “Nostalgia Trains” on the 2 & 3 lines between Times Square-42 St. and 96 St. on Sun., October 26, 2014. The MTC ran these two “Low-Voltage,” or “Lo-V” cars to celebrate the city’s 110th anniversary servicing New York City commuters. MTA Flickr uploaded photos capturing the vintage experience some lucky passengers had.

  • Tilt Shifting New York City [25 Photos]

    Tip: navigate using the ← left and right → arrow keys Tilt-shift photography is a creative and unique type of photography in which the camera is manipulated so that a life-sized location or subject looks like a miniature-scale model.

  • Retro Posters Urge New Yorkers To Visit New York

    New Yorkers already have pretty much everything they could want in New York City, so it only makes sense that the perfect travel destination to advertise to them would be…New York City. The newest campaign from NYC & Company, “See Your City,” urges New Yorkers to visit places in the city they may be missing out on. It’s easy to become comfortable in your own borough and get into a routine that never allows you to see the rest of the city. So check out these great places that are just a train or ferry ride away. And because many of these spots are a bit out of the way, you won’t have to worry about mobs of tourists buying M&M’s by the bushel in Times Square because apparently they don’t have candy anywhere else in the world. For more info on these destinations and other hidden gems, check out See Your City.

  • Garry Winogrand Captured New York’s Streets 50 Years Ago [25 Photos]

    Born in New York City in 1928, Garry Winogrand became famous for capturing the streets of his home city. From the 1950s until his untimely death from cancer in 1984, Winogrand photographed the regular people on the streets of cities across America, but his most iconic photos are of New York. After is his passing, more than 2500 rolls of undeveloped film were found. Some of those posthumous prints are in this gallery along with some of his most famous work from the tens of thousands of prints he made during his life. A traveling exhibit from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery was recently on display in New York City. If you missed it, you can catch it in Paris at The Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume.

  • Two GIGANTIC Snakes Spotted On A New York City Subway Train [Photos]

    Snakes on a plane? Fuggedaboutit. In New York City, surprised subway riders discovered two snakes on a train. Eric Hertzog said he got on the C train at Canal Street this week and saw the man with the snakes. One snake was hanging from the railing, while another was between his legs. The man started playing with the snakes, Hertzog told NBC 4 New York. One passenger nearly sat beside the reptiles, but ran to the other side of the car when he realized the snakes were there, Hertzog said. The man put the snakes in bags and then into his backpack before exiting at 14th Street, Hertzog said. Hertzog posted the photos on his Instagram account (below). Other than service animals and working dogs for law enforcement, the MTA prohibits bringing animals on trains unless “enclosed in a container and carried in a manner which would not annoy other passengers.” Loading View on Instagram Loading View on Instagram This article originally appeared at nbcnews.com. Copyright 2014.

  • To Avoid Creating Public Panic New York City Firefighters Are Banned From Saying “Ebola” On The Radio

    Since emergency radio channels are monitored by civilians and media New York officials have forbidden firefighters from using the word ‘Ebola’ on the radio. Instead, they must use the code letters ‘F/T’, as in Fever/Travel, when reporting a 911 called has a fever and travel history to West Africa, as a means to prevent panic in case Ebola turns up in NYC. The secret code is intended to hide any potential cases of Ebola from members of the public or media who are monitoring emergency radio channels. ‘Just like you can’t say bomb on an airplane, we can’t say “Ebola”, a source told the New York Post. Despite the two nurses contracting the virus, officials in New York are confident that first responders can treat potential patients without falling ill. FDNY medics who respond to at-risk patients have been told to wear polyethylene-coated paper gowns, gloves and face masks with plastic eye visors, officials said. Officials were given a memo laying out a 19-step process for putting on and then safely removing and disposing of their protective gowns and gloves. The FDNY also has a dozen elite ‘Haztec’ workers in each borough designated to deal with potential Ebola patients who more »

  • Stunning Layered Time-Lapse Around Boston

    Photographer Julian Tryba created this mesmerizing time-lapse that combines layers of photos creating days length. Titled ‘Boston Layer-Lapse’, it shows the sun rising and setting over Boston in different locations. The video comprises a staggering 150,000 photographs which took 100 hours to shoot and 350 hours to edit. Julian took time out of her busy schedule as a engineer at GE Aviation to create this after being inspired by a similar series featuring GIFs of cityscapes by artist Fong Qi Wei. But the most interesting part of the video is how Tryba incorporates shadows on skyscrapers to merge with the beat of the song being used.

  • What NYC’s New Tallest Building Lacks in Character it Makes Up For in… Height.

    This past Friday, construction at New York City’s 432 Park was completed. It’s height is trumped by none other in NYC, including One World Trade Center, not including the added spire. The building is a luxury condominium that tops out at 1,396 feet, towering above a skyline of already tall buildings on Manhattan’s Central Park South area nicknamed “Billionaires’ Belt”. The building, which cost $1.3 billion to construct, has two penthouses, one on the 96th floor that sold for $95 million and another on the 95th, currently priced at $85 million. From the inside, the building is a work of art, but from the outside, is an absolute insult to the tradition in architectural prowess that has encompassed the New York City skyline for the last century. For a building that’s going to be the face of Manhattan’s midtown section skyline it’s incredibly boring, unlike the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and even Bank of America Tower. 432 Park is undoubtedly a architectual feat, but there is absolutely no character unlike its predecessor for tallest residential building in manhattan and the western hemisphere, the lower east side’s 8 Spruce Street, Also known as Beekman Tower and New York by Gehry. more »

  • Need Some Alone Time? Check Out America’s Coolest Ghost Towns [Link]

    Americans have a long history of someone making a few bucks in some remote location and everyone else following soon after, wringing every last resource from the land while building a town in the process. Once there are no more fortunes to be made, everyone packs up and moves on. Various mineral and natural resource booms over the last two centuries have left our great nation’s landscape dotted with some really fun and freaky ghost towns. Take a look at this list from The Smithsonian and find the best towns where you don’t have to worry about HOA regulations and loud neighbors. Well, not living ones anyway.

  • The 25 Best Restaurants Around the World

    Move over Michelin Stars, the new way to source your restaurant of choise is based on the people. Word of type and ratings on Trip Advisor actually. The travel site has collected the top twenty-five restaurants across the globe based on ratings throughout their site. Millions upon millions of travlers share their restaurant experiences from decor to service even touch of food occasionally. In the information age we live on it’s the ultimate resource to find out the most interesting, bizarre and eclectic places you can’t find in a travel guide.

  • The World’s Top Freerunners Fly Through The Air In Santorini, Greece

    Red Bull Art of Motion returned to the island of Santorini, Greece, the so-called freerunning paradise, on October 4, 2014. Once again, the world’s top freerunners got together on an epic course setting, against the volcanic landscape and the infinite blue sea. Deploying their unique style in a demanding and natural track, 18 freerunners were competing against the course and themselves, presenting their own unique skills through their awesome tricks, runs and drops.

  • Captivating Ground Views of Iconic Skyscrapers Around the Globe [45 Photos]

    If you live anywhere near an urban cityscape, I’d implore you to take a minute and look up every once in a while, preferably not in the middle of the street. The views looking up can be surprisingly tranquil in a geometrically hypnotizing sort of way, but never the less, a beautiful pattern that disappears into the sky. Here are some of the best ground floor views of iconic buildings across the globe.

  • How To Visit Your Favorite Movie Locations in Real Life [Infographic]

    Hogwarts, Mordor and Jurrassic Park come to mind when I think about my favorite fictional worlds from all time favorite flicks. Well most of those places actually exist… Meaning they’re locations around the world and not just a Hollywood miracle made in a production lot in Los Angeles. Well UK flight search website Just the Flight has created a fun infographic that shows you 50 fictional places you can actually visit.

  • Airbnb Lifestyle: The Rise Of The Hipster Nomad

    Prerna Gupta is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, currently working on a stealth project; she is also a nomad. For the past year, I’ve lived exclusively in temporary housing I’ve found on sites like Airbnb. I didn’t set out with this goal in mind, but it just sort of happened. And now that it’s happened, I’m starting to wonder whether I really want to go back to a pre-Airbnb life. It all started about a year ago, when my husband and I got struck by a serious bout of travel lust and decided to step out of the Silicon Valley rat race for a while to wander the globe and explore what it was like to live in different parts of the world. Over the past year, we have lived, for weeks or months at a time, in Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, India, and Crete. And all of this living has occurred in temp housing we found via the sharing economy. The only possessions we’ve had with us during this time have fit in a suitcase and a couple of carry-on bags. Everything else – housing, furniture, cars, pots and pans – has been rented more »

  • Watch This Mesmerizing Time-Lapse of Norway in 4K Resolution. Then Move to Norway.

    “ Norway is known for its beautiful countryside and amazing views of Aurora Borealis, but seeing the scenic country in photos doesn’t always do it justice. Norwegian based Rustad Media captured a wonderful timelapse resulting from a 15,000 km (almost 10,000 miles) long road trip and tens of thousands of images taken along the way over the last 5 months. The journey has covered all of Norway’s 19 counties, from the far south to the Russian border in the Northeast. “The Aim of this 5 minute short film is to show the variety of Norway, everything from the deep fjords in the Southwest, to the moon landscape in the North, the Aurora Borealis (Nothern Lights) and the settlements and cities around the country, both in summer and wintertime. The video shows some of the most scenic places in Norway, such as Lofoten, Senja, Helgelandskysten, Geirangerfjorden, Nærøyfjorden and Preikestolen.”

  • Intense and Colorful Moments From the 25th ‘Human Tower’ Competition

    Dating back to the 18th century, this Spanish tradition is not only seemingly impossible and dangerous, but will leave you dumbfounded when you see that humans can actually execute such an elaborate feat without the use of tools or structural engineering. The tradition of building a human tower or “Catelles” takes place in Catalonia, where color-coded teams compete to build the tallest and most intricate towers. Here are some of the most detailed photos of the event from October 5th taken by Emilio Morenatti/AP.     

  • The Fascinating True Story of The Wall Street Bull’s Illegal Street Art Roots

    What started as an illegal piece of street art has become one of New York City’s most iconic landmarks In 1987, after a massive stock market crash the people of the United States were left feeling hopeless and feared the future. Arturo Di Modica wanted to change citizens gloomy visions for the future, and used his artistic talents, as well as over $360,000 to have a 7,100 pound charging bull made of bronze. Arturo worked on the now world-famous Charging Bull for over two years at his studio on Crosby Street in the Soho district of Manhattan. It was his most ambitious and massive work of sculpture to date, so large that the Bull had to be cast in separate bronze pieces and then laboriously welded together and hand finished. Once completed at the end of 1989, it weighed over three and a half tons and measured 18 feet long. In the early morning hours of Friday, December 15, 1989, Arturo with a few friends dropped the Charging Bull on Broad Street right in front of the New York Stock Exchange. The previous night he’d gone to the location with a stopwatch to check – noting that every 5 – 6 more »

  • Things Got A Little Weird At Dos Equis’ Masquerade Party [Photos]

    Dos Equis threw a Masquerade party at Norwood Club in New York City. Good music, good friends and plenty of surprises. Someone brought a camera to the party so now we get to see how it all went down because I certainly don’t remember. Dos Equis brought me up to the roof of the Norwood Club, slapped on a blind fold and told me I was going to sample a few exotic foods. Here I am a little hesitant but ready to go. To be honest, I thought the blindfold was all hype. No way did I think they would make me eat something out of my comfort zone. It would probably be a platter from Meatball shop. But nope…. Fish liver and ostrich. For anyone who knows me this is so far out of my comfort zone but with a blind fold (and having no idea what it was) I unsuspectingly ate the whole thing and it wasn’t turrible. Our friend Cass from Guyism is about to get married so they decided to give him an impromptu bachelor party! NERD – “Lap Dance” Plenty of Dos Equis to go around What good is a Masquerade party without limbo? Amiright?

  • Jersey City’s Hamilton Park BBQ Festival was as Delicious as it Looks [24 HQ Photos]

    For the fifth straight year Hamilton Park, Jersey City hosted their acclaimed Barbecue Festival which went off without a hitch. The festival featured live music throughout the day, sweets & desserts from local creamery ‘Milk, Sugar, Love’, a mechanical bull (to embarrass yourself on) and delicious barbecued meats from GP’s Restaurant, Union Republic, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Pensylvania’s Jimmy’s BBQ, Delaney Barbecue of Broklyn and Ben’s BBQ. There was live music from the likes of The Gully Hubbards, The Sensational Country Blues Wonders, The Accidental Seabirds, The Jeremy Wallace Trio, Eliza Neals, Sons of Ham, and The Lonesome Prairie Dogs. The developing neighborhood of Hamilton Park prides itself on it’s close knit community, while also welcoming a new wave of residents in the real estate hot bed of downtown Jersey City. The annual barbecue festival is a great opportunity to showcase the beautifully rennovated park and quaint neighborhood of brownstone’s and townhouses surrounding it. Proceeds from this past weekends events will be donated to the Hamilton Park Conservancy.

  • The Amazing Street Art of Vitry-sur-Seine, France [21 High Quality Photos]

    To the naked eye Vitry-sur-Seine is just another suburb of Paris. But the town of 86,000 has a little known secret. It is home to over 100 of the top street artists in the world. London was in the news this summer for putting a strict ban on this form of art but Vitry-sur-Seine actually ENCOURAGES their creative spirit allowing the artists to use the city as a canvas and bringing them in as faculty to teach workshops in the public schools. Embracing art like a boss. Well done Vitry-sur-Seine.

  • Floating Cities, Elevators into Space, and Trains Crossing the Atlantic: What the Future of Travel Holds

    Back to the Future, The Jetsons, and Robocop incorrectly predicted the future. The Cubs haven’t won the World Series like the almanac said. We’re nowhere near robotic maids, although Siri’s close. And robocops aren’t yet patrolling the streets, but they will in Detroit soon enough, so maybe that one’s correct. Needless to say, it’s difficult to predict the future, and future travel technologies are no different. If you asked men in the ‘40s if we’d ever send a man to the moon, you’d probably hear a resounding groan. If you asked people in the early ‘90s if buying a plane ticket meant logging onto a single website, and, in the matter of four clicks, you could jet your way to Dublin, I doubt they’d believe you. So today, what innovation will blow our minds in ten, twenty, fifty years? Space travel… so very real: True, we’re nowhere near the lives The Jetsons predicted, and I’m not advocating for r-obsessed dogs named Astro to alleviate our own space-race, but, for a hefty fee of $20 million, the Russians will shoot any bidder into space—a second space race? Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic hopes to launch commercial flights when 1,000 passengers shell out more »

  • California Is Burning: 18 Shocking Photos Of Wildfires Sweeping Across The Golden State

    Wildfires are sweeping across all parts of California, from Yosemite National Park to the central region near San Francisco. Thousands of acres have been burned and homes have been lost as Mashable reports. The fires are the most recent in a spate of almost a dozen wildfires burning across the state (see the map below). Around 100 visitors were airlifted from a fire in Yosemite earlier this month when the blaze unexpectedly approached the popular Half Dome peak. California’s extreme drought has increased the risk of wildfire statewide, and the National Weather Service issued a red-flag warning of “fire weather” in Southern California. The message warns that the area’s triple-digit heatwave, high winds, dry vegetation and low humidity mean any spark could set off a huge fire. Dry vegetation in California’s historic drought has worsened the wildfires. This year’s wildfire season has been the most destructive yet resulting in horrifying images on social media posted by locals of their smoking hometowns. To give you an idea of what is going on in California we pulled together the following collection of photos.

  • Is NYC Getting An Urban Gondola?

    The Roosevelt Island Tram, connecting Roosevelt Island to Manhattan’s Upper East Side, is a fun tourist attraction, but it’s not all that useful because how often does anyone need to get to Roosevelt Island? But CityRealty, an online real-estate company, wants to use the Roosevelt Island Tram as a template for the East River Skyway, an urban gondola that will connect Manhattan and Brooklyn. Anyone who has traveled the L train on the NYC subway in recent years can attest to the ever increasing amount of people traveling between Manhattan and Brooklyn’s eastern neighborhoods. As more and more housing developments are erected in Williamsburg and Brooklyn Navy Yard, the L Train riders will continue to swell in numbers. But running subway lines can cost $400 million per mile, a significant amount especially as cities struggle to reign in costs. However, the aerial ropeways that form the backbone of the gondola system cost just $3 to $12 million per mile. CityRealty’s proposal includes three phases. The first phase would see Manhattan connected with Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Phase 2 would go north, through Greenpoint Landing and Long Island City. Phase three would extend south and west, through Brooklyn Navy Yards, DUMBO, and more »

 
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