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  • The Home of Adventure: An Exclusive Look at the NY Explorers Club

    Ever hear of a man named Roy Chapman Andrews? He’s the man Indiana Jones was based off of. They have his whip here. How about a man named Carl E. Akeley? On an expedition in Africa, Akeley was attacked by a leopard, so he did what any man with a working fist would do. Stick it down the face clawing leopards mouth until it choked to death. These are the kind of men inducted into the Explorers Club. Akeley was the president from 1917-1919, I’m guessing out of of pure fear of his leopard fist. The New York Explorers Club is a society dedicated to scientific exploration of Earth, its oceans, and outer space. Founded in 1904 in New York City, it currently has 30 chapters worldwide. In addition to sponsoring expeditions and lectures, the Explorers Club is known for their adventurous, exotic cuisine served at their banquets. Each facet of their impressive decor tells a story of exploration and survival or exponential proportions. We had an opportunity to take a personal tour with Will Roseman, Director of Public lectures, including a look at The Roosevelt room, a room dedicated to Teddy, himself. We were invited to the renowned club more »

  • NYC Snowstorm From MTA’s Point Of View [15 Photos]

    The New York City MTA has one of the greatest flickr accounts and we’ve often shared their pictures with you. With another snowstorm hitting NYC earlier this week, the MTA sent out their photographers to document the hard work of the employees who keep the trains and buses running regularly. We thought we’d share these shots so you can see the hard work these folks do and also because the Hurricane Jet Snow Blower clearing the track in the Coney Island Yard is pretty awesome.

  • Super Bowl Ticket Price Infographic

    Plan on heading to scenic East Rutherford, New Jersey for the Super Bowl? If this infographic is any indication, you may want to head to your local bank or credit union (or Amscot, I won’t judge) and get yourself a not so small loan. Also, pack a sweater, because this isn’t just one of the most costly Super Bowls to attend, it’s also really, really, cold! Sounds enjoyable, right?

  • New York City In The 1930s Looks Oddly Peaceful [28 Photos]

    Photographer Berenice Abbott documented New York City for the Federal Art Project (FAP) between 1935 and 1938. FAP was a New Deal program (thanks, Franklin Roosevelt!) for unemployed artists that operated from 1935 to 1943. Abbott’s series, “Changing New York,” captures a city that looks incredibly peaceful and clean compared to today’s Big Apple. The photographs were published as a book for the 1939 New York’s World Fair which attracted over 44 million visitors to the city. The New York Public Library has more of Abbott’s photos on flickr.

  • Value Of Dollar In Burgers And Beers [Infographic]

    Lonely Planet’s “How To Land a Jumbo Jet” contains all sorts of useful information presented through 56 infographics. By far, the most useful of these is the visual guide below which illustrates the value of the US dollar in burgers and beers around the world. It’s a tad disheartening. I’ve been watching lots of “Lilyhammer” on Netflix and Norway looks like a great place to visit, but 10 bucks for a fast-food burger?? Guess I’ll just go to the Philippines instead and drink 70 cent beer. 

  • Official Jazz Fest 2014 Talent Announcement Video

    The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will be held April 25-27 and May 1-4 this year, and to announce the bands, festival organizers teamed with Moontower VFX to create this awesome animated video. While music from The Preservation Hall Jazz Band plays, the huge acts playing the fest are revealed. Not big on jazz? Don’t worry. This lineup has something for everyone. Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Bruce Springsteen, Robin Thicke, Public Enemy and the Avett Brothers are just some of the big name, non-jazz acts who will be there. There’s also plenty of jazz, too, with Dr. Lonnie Smith, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Gregory Porter, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band,just to name a few. Watch the video then check out the full daily lineup at New Orleans Jazz Fest.

  • The World’s Largest Sand Sculpture Park [20 Photos]

    From January through April, visitors to Kuwait’s Remal International Sand and Light Sculpture Festival can check out the largest collection of sand sculptures from an international team of artists. 28,000 tons of sand, or 1,000 dump trucks full, were used by the 80 sculptors from 25 different countries at a cost of almost $3 million. The sand has a small clay content to help it mold, enabling works of up to 50 feet tall. The entire project takes up over 300,000 square feet or about 4 soccer fields. There are 40 works on display, all based on scenes from the world renowned “1001 Arabian Nights” stories.

  • Raw Footage From the Launch Of SpaceShipTwo [Video]

    Virgin Galactic is one step closer to its goal of bringing tourists (albeit extremely wealthy ones) to space after a successful test flight of the SpaceShipTwo (SS2) on January 10. It was the third rocket-powered supersonic flight for the subspace-craft and Virgiin Galactic officials said all their objectives were met. This is great news for the company, which plans on beginning commercial service later this year. Many celebrities have already reserved spots for when the service takes off, including Stephen Hawking, Katy Perry, Ashton Kutcher, and Tom Hanks. If you’d like join them as one of the first space tourists, sign up at Virgin Galactic. Wait, you don’t have $250,000? Better cut back on your daily Starbucks.

  • Uh Oh. NYC Mayor De Blasio Eats Pizza With A Fork

    New York City’s new mayor Bill de Blasio was caught eating his pizza with a fork. Is this even more offensive to New Yorkers than the Donald Trump forked pizza fiasco? The Post, Daily News, Times, Village Voice and Time Out are sure to have a field day with this. Protesters have already begun occupying City Hall with Pizz-ins; sitting in a circle, eating pizza without the assistance of utensils, folding a slice the way it’s meant to be eaten.

  • China’s Incredible Harbin Ice Festival [30 Photos]

    The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival began as a local winter garden party in Harbin, China in 1963. The festival was interrupted for many years due to the Cultural Revolution, but has been an annual event since 1985. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the 2014 festival is bigger than ever. 7000 workers in Harbin, China’s coldest city, constructed 6.5 million square feet of LED-illuminated frozen structures of ice and snow. 1 million visitors are expected at this year’s festival, which runs through late February. 

  • 20 Breathtaking Hotels to Tack on to Your Bucketlist

    Travel + Leisure have officially announced their Top 50 Hotels of 2013 and the visuals are beyond astounding. From the safari grounds of South Africa to the beautiful mountains of St. Lucia, the list will give you a heavy dose of that travel itch that comes around when the trying days of winter catch up with you. Well before you book your travel plans for 2014, take a look at 20 astounding visuals we’ve compiled of hotels from the list. Check out all the rankings at Travel + Leisure. Palazzo Avino (formerly Palazzo Sasso) Ravello, Italy Primland, Meadows of Dan, VA Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai, Thailand Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires Capella Pedregal, Los Cabos, Mexico Kenya Rosewood Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, Mexico La Résidence Phou Vao Luang Prabang, Laos Cape Grace, Cape Town Cavas Wine Lodge, Mendoza, Argentina Jade Mountain St. Lucia Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, MT Discovery Shores Boracay, Philippines Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park Area, South Africa Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India Bora Bora, French Polynasian Four Seasons Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens, La Fortuna, Costa Rica Castello di Casole—A Timbers Resort, Casole d’Elsa, Italy Mombo Camp and Little Mombo Camp, Moremi Game Reserve, more »

  • See The Austrian Alps From The UFO Gel [16 Photos]

    The UFO Gel, so named because it resembles both a UFO and a vogel (German for bird), is a 484 square foot house in the Austrian Alps. The home, made almost entirely of larch wood, was designed by architect Peter Jungmann. There is a bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom inside and panoramic windows throughout that make you feel like you’re still outside even when you’re lounging comfortably. The house is available for anyone to rent for about $180 per night with a 3 night minimum. Not a terrible, nor terribly expensive, way to see the Alps.

  • Lower East Side Penthouse Bachelor Pad [12 Photos]

    New York City’s Lower East Side, formerly one of the most eclectic neighborhoods with bums warming themselves on garbage can fires, a thriving art and music scene, and a cornucopia of drugs, has since followed the rest of the city in becoming uninterestingly safe and sterile. And expensive. This incredible 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath penthouse on Avenue B was originally listed last year for $6 million. Apparently there wasn’t enough interest, so it’s now on the rental market for $19,500, perfect for someone who has lots of money but little commitment. The main level is surrounded by 2618 square feet of personal terrace space with a built-in hot tub, perfect for those late nights where you ponder what the poor people are doing. The penthouse also features 19 foot ceilings, a fully loaded kitchen with two convection ovens, and a 63″ TV home theater system. And with all the money you’ll be spending on rent, it’s nice to know that you can save a few bucks by drinking $3 beer at neighborhood staples like Manitoba’s and Doc Holliday’s.

  • “Step Into The Void” Allows You To Step Off A French Alps Cliff Without Dying [13 Photos]

    On December 21, the Chamonix Skywalk at the top of the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak in the French Alps, opened to the public. Called “Step Into The Void,” the art installation lets you see the Alps like never before. The five-sided glass enclosure allows visitors to hover 3,396 feet surrounded on all sides by custom-made 1/2 inch glass. For those who aren’t brave enough to enter the skywalk, there is also a terrace with a railing that might make you feel a bit more secure.

  • Portofino Is An Italian Paradise [4 HQ Photos]

    Portofino is an is an Italian fishing village with a picturesque harbor that is on many a travelers bucket list. When you get into town relax, have a nice lunch and marvel at the incredible brightly colored houses that wrap around the harbor. Copyright: maudanros/Shutterstock Copyright: Dan Breckwoldt Copyright: leoks Copyright: haveseen

  • Dubai Won New Year’s With The Largest Firework Show In History [Video]

    Everything is over-the-top in Dubai, even their firework celebrations. The glitzy Persian Gulf city blitzed the night sky with half a million fireworks during an eye-popping celebration that topped any pyrotechnic performance the globe has ever seen. On the Forth of July Macy’s typically launches off 40,000 to put in into perspective.

  • Video: The Building Under the New Year’s Eve Ball Is Mostly Abandoned

    Millions of eyeballs will be glued to the ball drop in Times Square on Tuesday night, but few people know anything about the building underneath. According to the New Yorker’s fascinating short documentary on One Times Square, the building started out as the headquarters of the New York Times, housed a speakeasy and an FBI office used to trap German spies during World War II, and is now mostly abandoned, as no one wants to work in a building where all the windows are covered by billboards. Check out the video and head into New Year’s Eve with at least one top-notch conversation starter.

  • Earths Landmasses Overlaid Will Change the Way You See the World

    Business Insider created 11 maps showing the comparisons of land areas of this fine world. Every map is skewed in some way or another due to flattening a spherical surface. The map on a map puts full countries inside other countries giving a true sense of the size of certain land masses. For Example; The entire U.S. fits inside all of Russia twice, and the second smallest country in the world Monaco fits inside New York city almost four-hundred times. A great visual guide to getting a true idea of the size of the planet. 

  • Naked Ambition: Documentary About New York City’s Infamous Naked Cowboy

    Naked Cowboy has become a one of the crowning staples of New York City’s Times Square. He has patrolled the streets every day for years, disregarding bad weather and sickness to bring a smile to the people and earn a great living. This behind-the-scenes documentary titled “Naked Ambition” reveals the real Naked Cowboy, and his partner in crime — the Naked Cowgirl. A very different kind of New York power couple.’

  • Epic Timelapse Showcasing California’s Beauty

    “Into The Atmosphere,” is a tribute to the state of California and the beautiful deserts, mountains and coastlines that exist there. This time lapse video showcases a variety of national/state parks as well as less recognized natural areas while also focusing on clouds, fog and interesting atmospheric conditions. Although California is known for blue sunshine skies, seeing a colorful storm cloud over Half Dome or an incredible sunset at the La Jolla Coves is really a sight to see.

  • PlowNYC: Interactive Snow Plow Tracker

    If you live in New York City then you know that the snow has arrived. And if you need to get around a snow-covered Gotham, then the PlowNYC tool is going to be your best friend. The street map of the five boroughs will tell you the last time any street was plowed and is updated every 15 minutes. Bookmark this one, New Yorkers, you’ll need it.

  • Fascinating Starbucks On Canal Street In New Orleans [5 Photos]

    At the corner of Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans’ French Quarter, Starbucks has opened a new store with an old look. The designers tried to imagine what the store would look like if it was owned by an early 1900s Louisianan merchant. The front room would have been the storefront with floor to ceiling shelves like general stores of old while the back room resembles where the merchant would have lived, with schoolhouse chairs surrounding a 12-foot community table. Most people aren’t aware of the popularity of chandeliers made from an assortment of trumpets, trombones, and euphoniums at the turn of the century, but the ever studious Starbucks designers were sure to include a perfect replica. Unfortunately they forgot the traditional woodwind lamps made from old clarinets and cor anglais. Maybe next time, Starbucks.

  • The Largest Swimming Pool In The World [21 Photos]

    At the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Algarrobo, Chile, you will find the largest swimming pool in the world. The pool is .62 miles long with a maximum depth of 115 feet and contains 66 million gallons of seawater. Water from the Pacific Ocean is pumped, filtered, and treated in the pool. It took five years to complete the project, which was completed in 2006. Construction cost estimates range from $1.5 to $2 billion for the behemoth and an additional $4 million per year for maintenance. 

  • National Geographic Around the world in 125 years (Book)

    For five generations, National Geographic magazine has dazzled and educated people with its incredible photographs, illustrations, and gripping stories from the four corners of the earth. Combining travel, wildlife, science, history, culture, and conservation, the National Geographic Society’s trailblazing magazine has inspired millions of readers to explore and take an interest in the planet we inhabit. The prints are limited to 125,000 copies worldwide, but these amazing photos don’t come cheap, the entire three book collection is going for $500. Go ahead, your dad deserves it. National Geographic Around the world in 125 years  

  • A “Once A Decade” Fog Event Occurred At The Grand Canyon [14 HQ Photos]

    Usually the Grand Canyon offers stunning views stretching for miles, deep into valleys etched by the Colorado River. But that vista has changed over the past few days, as a rare weather event has filled the canyon with fog, offering an even more stunning view than is typical. The weather event is known as a temperature inversion, and it only happens every few years, according to the National Park Service. Temperature inversions typically happen in the winter when there are long nights, and as the name implies, an inversion takes place when a layer of cool air gets trapped underneath warmer air, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). This is the reverse of the usual pattern, with temperature generally decreasing with increasing altitude. “Once the sun goes down, the ground loses heat very quickly, and this cools the air that is in contact with the ground,” the NWS explained. “However, since air is a very poor conductor of heat, the air just above the surface remains warm. Conditions that favor the development of a strong surface inversion are calm winds, clear skies, and long nights,” which is exactly what’s taking place in the Grand Canyon now, according to weather more »

  • GoPro Adventure Series: Moab Towers & Magic Backpacks

    In the sixth video of the HERO3+ Adventure Series Hayley Ashburn and Marshall Miller ascend and leap from Ancient Art in the Fishers Towers. The video highlights the ups and downs of base jumping, the discipline and rush of the jump after a bone chilling climb. Hayley and Marshall recall their first jump, the anxiousness they felt and the addiction after.

  • Once a Decade Clouds Engulf the Grand Canyon Creating a Surreal Scene (9 HQ Photos)

    Once every ten years or so the Grand Canyon is taken over by a sea of fog caused by a temperature inversion, in which warm air traps cool air, pollution, and fog near the ground. Although the inversions are quite common, happening once or twice a year at the site, but rarely seen like this due to cloudy skies. According to one of the park rangers, many tourists who visited the canyon that day had no idea of how amazing it was that they were seeing such a phenomenon and were just disappointed that they couldn’t see the Colorado River through all the fog. All Photo Credit: Grand Canyon National Park Facebook

 
 
 
 
 
 

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