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  • “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

  • See 1970s NYC Through The Eyes Of A Times Square Bartender [Video]

    From 1972-1982, Sheldon Nadelman tender bar at Terminal Bar in Times Square, across from Port Authority. Over those ten years, he took more than 2000 black and white photos that were made into a 22-minute documentary in 2002. Since then, 3 more vignettes have been produced using interviews with Nadelman and his photographs. All together, they document a Times Square that is almost unrecognizable from what you’ll find today (and way more interesting). Find out more about Nadleman and the productions at Tourist Pictures.

  • New York City in the ’80s Makes Me Happy I wasn’t in New York City in the ’80s

    New York’s Lower East Side did not look like a good time in the 80′s. This documentary style film from Kinolibrary Archive Film collections shows a tracking POV from side car window past run down buildings, graffitied walls and cars. Shops with shutters down, rough area, ghetto. Streets are almost empty, apocalyptic compared to NYC’s standards today. The areas that aren’t covered with abandon buildings covered in graffiti are open fields covered in rubbish and trash. Thank you Rudy Giuliani.

  • Le Meridien Is The Finest Resort In Bora Bora [27 HQ Photos]

    Bora Bora is a small island thick with coconut forests and colorful villages and surrounded by miles of fine, white sandy beaches and crystal clear, turquoise water as far as the eye can see. Welcome and “Ia Orana” to Le Méridien Bora Bora which won the 2013 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, which basically means it’s the nicest hotel in the world. It’s overwater Bungalows feature a large glass floor with amazing views of the lagoon and its marine life. And by “marine life we mean sea turtles! The Bora Bora Turtle Center at Le Méridien Bora Bora, is home to numerous marine turtles which means you’ll see them floating by your room nearly 24/7/.

  • Vertigo-Inducing Mirrored “Infinity Room” Is One Of NYC’s Most Buzzed About Art Installations [18 High Quality Photos]

    Long lines have been forming inside the David Zwirner gallery in New York City as visitors wait for their chance to stand inside one of eccentric Japanese artist Yoyoi Kusama’s vertigo-inducing “Infinity Rooms.” The installation’s mirror room, “Souls of Millions of Light Years Away,” is brilliantly simple – it’s a room in which the walls, the floor and the ceiling are mirrors. This seemingly infinite space is populated by hanging, blinking LEDs, which make the space seem like a galaxy or a nebula. Word of the art instillation, on display until December 21st, 2013, has gone viral in the city and lines can be up to several hours long. If you decide to check out the exhibit that will have you trying to wrap your mind around “infinity” just know that there will be a 40-second limit, yes you heard us right, on how long you can stand in the room. If you don’t feel like standing in the cold for three hours only to have under a minute of payoff check out the photos we pulled below.

  • World’s Tallest Waterslide Gives You A Reason To Go To Kansas

    The world’s tallest waterslide is currently under construction at Schlitterbahn, a Kansas City waterpark. The Verruckt Meg-A-Blaster slide, set to open May 23rd of next year, will send you down its 140 foot drop at 65 miles per hour in a four person raft. Hopefully there will be higher sides added before construction is complete. Also, I’m no physicist, but it looks like that hump will send you flying into Missouri. Good news for the people of Kansas City: There will probably be some full time positions opening up at the Schlitterbahn cleaning the rafts after people schlitter their pants. 

  • Brooklyn-The Gentleman’s Rant [Video]

    Warning Brooklynites: Hold on to your vintage typewriter and try not to choke on your Fernet cocktail while you watch this rant on your beloved borough. To be fair, these complaints only apply to a small fraction of Brooklyn. Go to neighborhoods like Flatbush, or East New York, or Coney Island and your complaints will be very different. Still, the no credit card thing is a major pain. Every time you use the shady ATM you lose $5 while gaining a chance at identity fraud. At least the free pizza at Alligator Lounge almost makes up for having to sit next to a dude with a monocle whose unicycle is chained up out front.

  • 5Pointz: 50 Beautiful HQ Photos Of The NYC Graffiti Landmark

    The Long Island City’s graffiti landmark was destroyed in the early hours of Tuesday, November 19th when the building’s owners whitewashed all the graffiti to begin the construction of a luxury condos on the site. Police were present to fend off protesters trying to save the landmark and word quickly spread via social media. “5Pointz is the world’s largest display of graffiti art, and it’s a global social hub,” Eric Felisbret, the author of Graffiti New York, told New York Magazine last month. “Now that it looks like that’s going to disappear, I’m not sure where the movement’s going to go.” If you never had a chance to visit the landmark we pulled together 50 amazing photos of NYC’s coolest museum.

  • The 10 Best Places To Pee [Infographic]

    With World Toilet Day just around the corner (November 19, duh), it’s only fitting to share this surprisingly interesting infographic. Learn about these 10 unique places to conduct your business and you’ll be guaranteed to add relieving yourself at a few of them to your bucket list. After whetting your appetite for washroom wisdom with this infographic, read about the Science of Urinal Body Language. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go see a man about a dog. 

  • RSVLTS Visit Meatopia 2013 In San Antonio [23 Photos]

    This past weekend we went out to San Antonio to attend Meatopia at Pearl Brewery. We had a great time sipping on George Dickel cocktails and talking with Chef Adam Perry Lang of Serious Barbecue. As much as we enjoyed all the amazing food from 32 different chefs, it was sad to have to put a new notch in our belts. Eh, who are we kidding? If you’re going to pack on the pounds stuffing your face, you might as well do it with the best food the country has to offer! Looking at these pictures is making us hungry all over again. Who wants to grab some barbecue?

  • Chef Adam Perry Lang Feeds RSVLTS At Meatopia

    Meatopia, food writer Josh Ozersky’s incredible annual culinary event, was in San Antonio at the Pearl for the first time this past weekend. RSVLTS was there to chow on chicken feet, lamb hearts, beef cheeks, and all kinds of other goodies from 32 amazing chefs. Between face-stuffing sessions, we were able to talk with Chef Adam Perry Lang at the George Dickel tent and learn about what makes him do what he does so damn well.

  • An Updated Look At NYC Second Avenue Subway [22 Photos]

    Earlier this year, we showed you a collection of underground photos from the Second Avenue subway construction beneath New York City and now the MTA has released some more recent pictures. Below you’ll see how work is progressing on the future 86th and 96th Street stations which are on track (ha!) to be finished in 2016. The photos all come from the MTA’s photographer, which sounds like an awesome job, who apparently loves Photoshop. The photo snobs at Reddit’s /shittyhdr would have a field day with these.

  • Chinese Hotel Builds World Largest Ball Pit For Breast Cancer Awareness

    The Kerry Hotel in Pudong, Shanghai replaced the water in their 25 meter swimming with one million pink and green balls for breast cancer awareness. For those of us metrically challenged, the pool is 82 feet long and 41 feet wide. That’s a lot bigger than the ball pit at your local McDonald’s Playplace. How long before all the balls are sticky and the urine stench is so bad the hotel has to be evacuated? Probably before I can fly over there.