• ‘Solar-Carve’ Tower to Be Built Next to NYC High Line Park

    Studio Gang, are using a concept called “Solar- carving” to build a skyscraper in NYC overlooking the High Line. The unique shaped building will be erected with the angle of the Sun taken into consideration The building is located between the Hudson River and Manhattan’s  High Line park, an elevated park build from an abandon railway over looking the Meat-packing district and Chelsea. The Solar-Carve Tower is “sculpted based on geometric relationships between the building and the sun’s path, as well as the viewshed between the park and the Hudson.” “This integrated formal response allows the building to benefit the important public green space of the High Line (giving it maximum light, fresh air, and river views) and become a standout marker on the New York skyline.”

  • Insiders Look At New York City’s Mysterious Abandoned North Brother Island

    Located in between Queens and the Bronx, 20 acre North Brother Island was in use by New York City from 1885 to 1963 as a hospital complex to quarantine and treat people suffering from smallpox and typhoid fever then a rehab center and a housing project for WWII vets. By 1963 things were falling apart on the island and it was abandoned. 50 years later Mother Nature is slowly reclaiming her territory as you’ll see in the following photos.

  • Florence, Italy at Night [14 High Quality Photos]

    Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages. Due to Florence’s artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and the city is noted for its history, culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments. The city also contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace, amongst others, and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture and politics.

  • Krusty Burger & Moe’s Tavern Are Now Open at Universal

    This is happening. Universal Studios in Orlando is set to open a Springfield expansion to the Simpsons ride, which will take some time until completion, but in the meantime have a cold one at Moe’s or a Krusty Burger at Fast Food Boulevard. All of your favorite Springfield establishments are promised to be available to dine at including Krusty Burger, Cletus’ Chicken Shack, the Frying Dutchman, Luigi’s Pizza, Lisa’s Teahouse of Horror and Lard Lad’s Donuts. Not enough? The Kwik-E-Mart will also be open for business complete with Slushies. If there were ever a reason to visit Orlando besides Hogwarts and Lil’ Penny, this is it. Inside the Magic was there to capture it all.

  • What’s that Buzzing? The Return of Cicadas (HQ Photos, Time Lapse & Infographic)

    Cicadas. Everywhere. If you’re located in a Cicada zone, you already know this. Some people find it hard to hear the male’s mating call (known as a “Chorus”). If cup your ears and pay attention, if it is warm out it sounds like a tea pot whistling in the distance. The 30 billion will make their 17-year appearance when the ground 8″ down is a steady 64° F ranging from Connecticut to Georgia. Hate them or love them, their time here above ground is short. We are about 6 weeks away from not seeing Cicadas for another 17 years.  In 2030 the off spring from this brood will come back and repeat the cycle – think about how much will have changed. In 1996, the last time cicadas made their way above ground, most families in the country didn’t have internet and Justin Beiber was two years old, too young to badger our quiet streets with speeding sports cars and whiney rants about being taken seriously. Warning: NSFSqueamish.

  • ManhattanHenge 2013

    On Wednesday people jammed the streets disregarding the taxi’s wizzing by to try and snap a picture of the twice annual event called ManhattanHenge, during which the setting sun aligns with the east–west streets of the main street grid in the borough of Manhattan in New York City.  The next ManhattanHenge is on July 12, 2013 at 8:23 p.m. Don’t miss it.

  • Flying from Mt. Everest In The World’s Highest BASE Jump

    Nearly 60 years to the day after the first ascent up Mount Everest, Russian extreme sport star Valery Rozov flew off the north face of Mount Everest – the world’s highest BASE jump ever – 23,688ft above sea level. The ascent began on the Chinese side on the famous north route. It took him four days to climb from the base camp to the jumping location. At precisely 2:30 p.m. local time he leaped despite adverse weather conditions with temperatures -0.4 fahrenheit. Because the cliff at the top was not very high, the initial moments of the leap in the rarified high altitude air were the most critical phase. Rozov needed more time than usual in the thin air to transition from freefall to flying. After that he flew for nearly a full minute at speeds of about 200 km/h (125 mph) along the north face before he landed safely on the Rongbuk glacier – at an altitude of 5,950 meters.

  • The Baa Atoll in Maldives [21 HQ Photos]

    The Baa Atoll is a chain of 75 islands in Maldives. In June 2011 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) named Baa Atoll a World Biosphere Reserve placing it in the company of famous sites such as Komodo island in Indonesia, Uluru (Ayer’s Rock) in Australia and the Galapagos Islands. The coral reefs are incredible and eight of the islands have world-class resorts.

  • Insiders Look At Hilton’s Absurdly Tropical Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa [10 HQ Photos]

    Nestled on a white beach and blue lagoon, the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa is an idyllic retreat. Located on the French Polynesia group of islands on the Pacific Ocean, the resort is ten minutes from Vaitape village. Enjoy a scenic flight to Bora Bora then arrive to the resort by a private hotel boat. Soak up the privacy of a suite or villa set over the water, on the hill or in the garden. Savor panoramic views over the lagoon and absorb the tropical landscape Watch the sunset with cocktails from a Polynesian-style beach bar. Dine on local or Mediterranean cuisine in a relaxed island setting. Unwind by the pool or on the beach with a chilled beer, exotic juice or light snacks. Refresh in the infinity pool, work out at the fitness center and indulge in beauty treatments at the hilltop spa. Indulge in evening drinks with live entertainment at the resort’s Polynesian-inspired bars and restaurants. Boasting 800 meters of sandy beach with breathtaking lagoon views, this Polynesian resort offers an idyllic setting for events. Host a business meeting, function or wedding on a beach venue or air-conditioned meeting room.

  • Aerial View Of New York City’s Hidden Roof Top Garden Oases [18 Photos]

    London based photographer Alex Maclean has a passion for hopping into prop planes, flying a few thousand feet above the group and focusing his camera lens on the interesting scenery below. Did we mention he is also piloting the plane while all this is happening? Alex is a badass and is wildly considered to be one of the best when it comes to this aerial art form.  In 2009 he released a book called Up on the Roof: New York’s Hidden Skyline Spaces that received rave reviews from just about anyone who has ever reviewed a book – see some of the reviews below.  We’ve pulled together some of the highlights of his New York City work but if you want to see it all pick up his book.

  • World Trade Center Rising: Final Spire Pieces Being Lifted to Roof [WATCH LIVE]

    The final pieces of the spire that will top One World Trade Center — and make it soar to a symbolic 1,776 feet when fully installed — are being raised up to the building’s roof. The 408-foot spire will serve as a world-class broadcast antenna. With a beacon at its peak to ward off aircraft, the spire will provide public transmission services for television and radio broadcast channels that were destroyed in the 9/11 attack. The high-rise is scheduled to open for business in 2014. See also: Amazing Views From The Top of One World Trade Center [15 HQ Photos] Via: NBC New York

  • Calo des Moro Beach in Mallorca, Spain [11 HQ Photos]

    In the southeaster part of Mallorca, Spain sits a tropical beach unlike any you’ve ever seen. Calo des Moro has high cliffs on both sides of the sandy beach which gives a very secluded look and feel to visitors. Crystal clear turquoise waters make it a great place to soak in the sun and enjoy the beauty of the Mediterranean sea. It can get crowded on the weekends so do yourself a favor and visit during the week, also make sure you pack a lunch because there isn’t a beach front restaurant near by.

  • SL, Finale And Other NYC Clubs Are In Hot Water

    Today the Post reports that certain Manhattan nightclubs are billing customers for “operations charges,” which officials say is illegal. Multiple EMM-operated clubs—including headache-inducing Finale on the Bowery and SL in the Meatpacking District—as well as other area clubs are currently under investigation by the city for the questionable practice.

  • Water Sports Fun with Richard Branson [25 Photos]

    It’s easy to look at Richard Branson and wonder if he is even a real person. This 62 year-old multi billionaire   is world famous for his eccentric daredevil personality and his business ventures including the Virgin Megastores, Virgin Airways, Virgin Mobile, and more recent Virgin Galactic. Richard seems to have an affinity toward the water, he owns an island  in the Caribbean and a million dollar personal submarine so this following collection of his finest water sports moments is equally amazing as it is bizarre.

  • Las Vegas Pool Party Season Has Officially Started [70 Photos]

    The 2013 Las Vegas pool party season officially kicked off this weekend with the opening of Wet Republic. This world class ultra pool also recently announced that Calvin Harris will be the resident DJ of the summer so if there was ever a reason to stop by this is it. There are plenty of pool party options in Vegas but since Wet Republic is clearly the best we’ve pulled together 75 photos from the opening weekend. As you’ll see there were plenty of good times to be had and NFL Star Steven Jackson was on hand to catch some rays and partake in several champagne showers.


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