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  • 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 »

  • New York Then And Now [18 Photos and Video]

    Amateur photographer Cora Drimus traveled to New York City in April and used the photographs of her trip to make this incredible video juxtaposing the new photos with old shots, some dating back to the 19th century, of the same locations. The result is a reminder of just how much New York City and the world as a whole has changed over the course of the last century. The transition from horse and buggies to cars, railroads to highways, and the rise of ever taller skyscrapers are all documented here. Watch the video and check out some of our favorite photos below.

  • NYC Subways In The 1930s Were Classy [26 Photos]

    Photographer Walker Evans is best known for his portraits of Alabama sharecroppers that he captured for Fortune Magazine in 1936 while on leave from his job as Information Specialist with the Farm Security Administration, but a couple years later he began working on a very different series of portraits. In 1938, Evans began taking photos of everyday commuters in New York City subway cars. To capture his subjects naturally, Evans used a small camera painted flat black that he hung around his neck and hid under his coat. The shutter was rigged to a cable that ran down his sleeve into his hand. For 3 years, Evans used this method, without aid of a flash or viewfinder. The resulting portraits were published in 1966 in a book titled Many Are Called.   Looking through these photos, we are presented with a subway that’s alien to what we have today. Although we’ve come a long way from the filthy, dangerous subways of the 70s and 80s (which you can check out in this gallery!), you’ll never see cars filled with people in hats and furs. Well, maybe on the L into Williamsburg, but that’s a bit different.

  • 50 Best Cities For Single Men in America

    When picking a place to live, the single guy has to take several things into account – what are the job prospects? How much does it cost to live there? Are there any single women? How about the lifestyle? It’s a crucial choice because it determines a lot of what your future is going to look like. Luckily, we’re here to help, as we’ve crunched the numbers, taken all of the above factors, mixed them together and come up with this guide to the 50 best cities for single men in America.

  • 57 Eerie Photos Showing The High Line When It Was An Abandoned Railway

    Before it became a New York City landmark enjoyed by millions of visitors each year The High Line was a condemned freight rail line in dire straights. Built in the 1930s and out of operation since 1980, the track was on the verge of being torn down by the city. Today the park is recognized as the pinnacle of urban redevelopment but let’s take a look at it before the non-profit Friends of the High Line swooped in to save the day. If you want to see what the park looks like today visit The High Line website where they have hundreds of beautiful pictures.

  • 5 New York City Dates That Will Impress Her (Without Breaking Your Wallet!)

    A surefire way to plan a great but reasonably-priced date is to create an experience. This way, the time you spend together will be filled up by an activity or entertainment that lasts for a while and keeps you from buying more cocktails or scrambling for options. The fact that you’re putting in the effort to really plan a date (as opposed to “Oh, let’s just meet at my neighborhood bar”) will be impressive in and of itself. Not to mention, you will have fun if your date feels more like an outing and less like a job interview.

  • Digital Recreations Of NYC Subway Tile Mosaics

    Brooklyn-based freelance art director/designer Adam Chang spent 20 hours last summer riding New York City’s subway and documenting the unique tile mosaics at every station. After 9 subway swipes, Chang had compiled photos of 118 different stations. He then spent countless more hours digitizing each mosaic, thus creating the NY Train Project. Check out the full project on the site for a virtual tour of each subway line along with facts about each station.

  • World Mug: Here are New York’s Best Soccer Bars [Link]

    With the World Cup kicking off June 12, plenty of bars around New York City will be trying to lure you in by pretending like they are really into the sport. But if you want an authentic experience surrounded by true fans of the game, the Village Voice has put together a guide on how to find the best soccer bars around the city. With tips on which fans are in which neighborhoods and how you should choose which team to support, this guide will help you enjoy the games and maybe learn a little something about the sport rather than pounding domestic macrobrews with people who don’t know Ronaldo from Ronaldinho.

  • Pop-Up Restaurant That Parachutes Sandwiches to Customers Is Coming To New York City

    There’s nothing really special about toasted sandwiches, but when they’re delivered via parachute, people are bound to notice. Taking full advantage of this idea is a new Melbourne business called ‘Jafflechutes‘ that has taken the city by storm. More pop-up eatery than regular restaurant, Jafflechutes is just a bunch of guys dropping wrapped sandwiches from their friends’ balconies, to customers down below.

  • New York At Night In 1946 [17 Photos]

    Andreas Feininger was a one of the most popular photographers of the 20th century, known for his black and white scenes of Manhattan. He got his start in 1943 working for “Life” magazine. He would stay with the magazine almost 20 years. Early in his career, in 1946, Feininger published this photo essay, “New York at Night,” in the pages of “Life.” These photos were the only color photos in that issue of the magazine and also some of the only color photos Feininger ever published. He captured the neon lights and life of the city like no one else could. For more info on Feininger and a look at the full issue of “Life” where this came from, check out The Bowery Boys, who unearthed this gem. 

  • The Woolworth Building Became The World’s Tallest Building 101 Years Ago [11 Photos]

    On April 24, 1913, the Woolworth Building opened on Broadway in Lower Manhattan and became the world’s tallest building. At 792 feet, the 60-story building held the title from 1913 to 1930 and is still one of the country’s 50 tallest and one of New York City’s twenty tallest buildings. Its original appearance was akin to that of European Gothic cathedrals, leading to tis nickname “the Cathedral of Commerce.” Much of the original terra-cotta facade was replaced with cast stone and Gothic ornamentation was removed during a restoration in the late 70s, however the ornate lobby has been preserved and is still a major tourist draw. These photos of the construction come from the New York Public Library’s Flickr account. For more information on touring the Woolworth Building, visit Woolworth Tours.

  • RSVLTS Visit The New York World’s Fair 50 Years Later [37 HQ Photos]

    50 years ago today, the New York World’s Fair opened, running for two six-month seasons from 1964-65. Anyone who’s been to a Mets game knows that you can still find reminders of the exposition around Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, such as the iconic Unisphere. But the highlight of the fair, the New York State Pavilion, has sat unused and off limits to park visitors. Designed by architect Philip Johnson, the New York State Pavilion consists of three sections: the observation towers, the Theaterama, and the “Tent of Tomorrow.” To celebrate the 50 year anniversary, the “Tent of Tomorrow” was opened to visitors just for the day for the first time in years. Thousands showed up, including the RSVLTS, and waited in line for over 4 hours for the chance to see inside. Over the past few years the New York State Pavilion Paint Project has taken over the site and has been working hard at repainting and restoring the Tent of Tomorrow to its former glory. For more info on the project and future plans for the site, visit New York State Pavilion Paint Project.

  • The Sensory Overload Of Times Square Captured In GIF Form [17 GIFs]

    What do you do when you find yourself wandering around Times Square in the early morning hours of Easter Sunday? In the good old days, you could stumble into an adult movie theater, get a box of Jujubes (they last long!), and sit back and enjoy the show. Alas, those days of wine and roses are long gone. Now Times Square is nothing but 24 hours of nonstop advertising, with gigantic video screens promoting Guy Fieri and flashing signs pointing the way to Guy Fieri’s restaurant. With nary a peep show in sight, I had to make my own fun when I found myself in New York’s sense-shattering wonderland at 5 AM. Luckily I was armed with a Samsung Galaxy S5. I had tried taking animated photos before but the results were usually less than stellar, with parts of my subject stationary while other random bits flailed around like a whirling dervish. However, the usually annoying flashing lights of all the signs and video screens made a much better subject. These GIFs have been optimized for the web, but know that the quality of the original files is even more incredible. But due to the S5′s awesome camera, the file more »

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • The Price Of Pizza In Manhattan, By Neighborhood [Infographic]

    When you think of the cost of living in Manhattan, Pizza isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind. Well it should be. Pizza is one, if not the number one type of food sold in Manhattan. With broad ranges of pizzerias found throughout every neighborhood in the city. From the fresh Italian brick oven pies of Little Italy to the heavily inflated cardboard chain “restaurants” of midtown, here is the ultimate breakdown of the price of pizza in NYC.

  • LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy Makes Music For NYC Subway [Video]

    It has been almost 3 years since LCD Soundsystem played their last show, and frontman James Murphy has announced his new project: turning New York City’s subway stations into beautiful symphonies. He has been working on the idea for 15 years, and with the MTA soon changing the turnstiles from a swipe to a tap system, the timing finally seems right. Murphy wants to get rid of the extremely annoying, high pitched tone of a successful swipe and replace it with different melodic sounds played at random that during the busiest times would create unique musical works and make the entire experience a more pleasant one for commuters. If you like what you hear in the video, help him out and add your name to the petition at Subway Symphony.