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  • You’ve Got To Be Crazy To Capture New York City Like This [32 High Quality Photos]

    What do they put in the water in Eastern Europe that makes everyone so fearless? Probably Vodka. That’s the only explanation we can think of when it comes to urban explorers such as Ukrainian photographer Vitaliy Raskalov and Russian photographer Vadim Makhorov. Just 21 and 25 years old respectively, the two must not care about seeing their 30s, because they are constantly traveling the world and climbing to the top of every building they come across. Which works out for us because we get these great photos from places we are too practical to ever experience. Recently the duo visited New York City and captured these incredible shots from the tops of skyscrapers and bridges. These are just some of the photos they took, but you can check out the rest, along with more details about the shoot, at On The Roofs.

  • You’ve Never Seen New York City Like This Before [38 High Quality Photos]

    Warning: These may be the greatest photos you’ll ever see of New York City. After viewing, you may be disappointed in every other picture you see of the Big Apple. But it’s totally worth it. Russian photographer Gelio recently visited New York City and quickly realized that to best experience the city, it was necessary to check it out from above. His incredible, high-quality photos capture New York’s fantastic skyscrapers, bridges, and parks from the sky, offering a unique perspective that even natives will never experience. These photos are just a small sample of Gelio’s series. You can check out many more along with descriptions of his journey and the city at Gelio.

  • NYC’s 17th Century Rules For Drinking Responsibly

    Before New York City was New York City, it was New Amsterdam. The Dutch settled the New Netherland territory in the early 1600s and established its capital, New Amsterdam, at the southern tip of present-day Manhattan. In 1647, Peter Stuyvesant was appointed Director-General of the territory. He was unhappy to find a settlement of riotous drunks who began imbibing in the morning and were engaged in fisticuffs by midday. In order to bring order to the colony, Stuyvesant instituted an 8-point ordinance on drinking. The New York City Department of Records recently began curating a digital archive of early New York documents, including Stuyvesant’s edict on alcohol consumption. NYC history blog The Bowery Boys summed up the 8 points as follows: 1. “Henceforth no new taproom, tavern or inn shall be opened.” 2. “The taverns, taprooms and inns, already established, may continue for at least four consecutive years, but in the meantime the owners shall be obliged to engage in some other honest business at this place.” 3. “The tavern-keepers and tapsters are allowed to continue in their business for four years at least, but only on condition, that they shall not transfer their former occupation.” 4. “The tavern keepers more »

  • Learn How To Speak New York

    You can always tell who’s a tourist when they pronounce Houston Street like the Texas metropolis. But there are plenty of other New York and New Jersey locales that can be tough for even natives of the area to pronounce. And to really make it difficult, sometimes there are multiple pronunciations. Good thing WNYC has made this guide to help us all out. Hell, just to be safe I sort of combine the two ways to say Kosciuszko then mumble it really fast. So far it’s worked…

  • The Largest and Most Expensive Digital Billboard in Times Square Will Light Up On Tuesday Night

    In an era when digital screens large and small proliferate but attention is increasingly scarce, some marketers are making a huge bet that one of the biggest displays in the world will captivate audiences. Their gamble: the largest and most expensive digital billboard in Times Square, which will light up on Tuesday night. The new screen stands eight stories tall and is nearly as long as a football field, spanning the entire block from 45th Street to 46th Street on Broadway — the center of the Times Square “bow tie.” Nearly 24 million LED pixels, each containing tiny red, blue and green lights, make up the display, giving it higher resolution than even the best of today’s top-of-the-line television sets. At a going rate of more than $2.5 million for four weeks, the megascreen ranks as one of the most expensive pieces of outdoor ad real estate on the market, according to marketing executives. A digital art exhibition by the critically acclaimed Universal Everything studio collective will animate the screen from Tuesday night until Nov. 24, when Google will take over as the exclusive, debut advertiser with a campaign that runs through the New Year. Read the whole story on more »

  • Tall And Skinny: The 2018 NYC Skyline

    In just the last few months, the New York City skyline has been transformed with the addition of One World Trade Center and the supertall and super-skinny 432 Park Avenue. And these projects are just the beginning of Manhattan’s skyscraper boom, a race to erect characterless glass behemoths. It appears as though architects were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should. In an effort to showcase 53W53, which will house the Museum of Modern Art, a 100-room hotel, and 120 high-end condos, CityRealty released these renderings of the future of Manhattan’s skyline. And if you’re a fan of iconic New York landmarks such as the Woolworth Building or the Flatiron Building, you are in for quite a disappointment. Midtown will become the future home of many of these gargantuan reflectors, ensuring a boom to purveyors of sunglasses around Times Square, but downtown will also see some super-skinny erections. Near the newly-opened One WTC, a couple of equally tall apartment buildings are set to house the most ostentatious of the financial sector. As rents increase and more and more of the city is bought up by millionaires who collect the properties more »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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?

  • 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 »

  • 16 Stunning Photos From The Top of One World Trade Center. We Even Zoomed Up On RSVLTS HQ!

    Time Magazine’s Gigapan atop One World Trade center is one of the coolest pieces of technology we’ve ever seen. Check out the video above to show how the camera was actually placed at the top of the building. Using the Gigapan device you can control your view from very top of the Spire, then zoom to explore specific locations in the frame with high-resolution gigapixel images and panoramic photography. Visit http://time.com/world-trade-center to see the story about how the Gigapan ended up atop One World Trade then use it for yourself right here, http://wtc.gigapan.com/wtc. We went through and captured pictures of some notable locations around New York City and New Jersey, including RSVLTS Headquarters.

  • Never Forget: 70 Powerful Images From September 11, 2001

    Some of the following imagery is pretty shocking but we made the decision to include these images in the photo set because it is the sad and shocking part of history. The term “Never Forget” has become semi cliche over the last decade but September 11, 2001 is a date that we must never lose sight of. September 11th was one of those days that everyone who was old enough to experience it will never forget. 9/11 also happened in a time of transitioning media. There was no Youtube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. It was one of the last major world events before the rise of citizen journalism. 

  • 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 »

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Take A Look At Coney Island In The 60s [15 Photos]

    Born in New York in the 1940s, photographer Aaron Rose has spent more than 60 years exploring the city and capturing its citizens with his keen eye and had already produced more than 25,000 photos before the art world took notice of him in the 90s. Until a small selection of his work was shown at the Whitney Biennial in 1997, only friends and family were aware of Rose’s talent. A current show at the Museum of the City of New York titled In A World of Their Own: Coney Island Photographs by Aaron Rose, 1961-1963 spotlights 70 photos Rose captured of the city’s most famous beach. For more info on the exhibit, on display through August 3, visit the Museum of the City of New York.

  • 1970s Brooklyn Was Nothing Like The Borough We Know Today [28 Photos]

    From 1972 to 1977, the Environmental Protection Agency sponsored DOCUMERICA, a project set up to “photographically document subjects of environmental concern.” Like the FSA photographers of the New Deal, many of the DOCUMERICA photographers interpreted this to be a broader “document America in all its forms” type of project. And its a good thing they did. World-renowned photographer Danny Lyon was one of the 70 DOCUMERICA photographers. Lyon documented inner-city life in El Paso, Galveston, Houston, Chicago, Brooklyn, and Patterson, New Jersey. His photos capture low-income and ethnic neighborhoods that would end up facing extinction, but not from environmental concerns. It would be in the name of “progress” that this way of life would eventually disappear. Brooklyn is New York City’s fastest-growing borough and its gentrified neighborhoods are drawing more and more young professionals, but it wasn’t always like that. In the 1970s, as neighborhoods continued to shift form Italian and Jewish to black and Puerto-Rican, racial tensions led to rising crime rates and an exodus of almost 500,000 residents, many of them white. Since big developers were wary of the area, Brooklyn became one of the most well-preserved 19th century cities in the country. Lyon recognized the beauty in more »

 
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