• This NYC Penthouse Comes With Its Own Sky Garage [15 Photos]

    You really have to feel sorry for the ultra-wealthy in New York City. While the rest of us only live a few stories up in our tiny apartments, they are resigned to penthouses far above the clouds, victims of their own success (or inheritance). Things we take for granted, like walking up a couple flights of stairs with our two bags of groceries that overfill our minifridges, are huge issues for the mega-rich. Do you know what a pain it is to carry all your Whole Foods bags to the elevator then wait for it to travel to the very top of a skyscraper? Of course you don’t, peasant. That’s why the penthouse at 200 11th Avenue in Chelsea is constantly being eyed by celebrities. For not only does the property offer a huge space, with three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, 20 foot ceilings, and a terrace with views of the Empire State Building, there is also a car elevator and private garage. Never again will New York’s elite have to leave their vehicle and make idle chatter with a doorman. This smart freight elevator will recognize your car and take you right to your private garage in a 60-second more »

  • Mad Men Dining Week Coming To NYC

    The final season of AMC’s Mad Men begins next month and although we’re sad to see it go, we’re pretty excited about this latest promotion for the show. From March 23-29, New York City restaurants will be celebrating Mad Men Dining Week. For just $19.69 (clever) you can get two cocktails or a two-course lunch of entree with appetizer or desert. The food is a great deal, especially considering the participating restaurants include swanky joints like Le Cirque, but it’s the cocktail deal that really excites us. Usually if you’re paying less than $10 for a cocktail in Manhattan, it’s made with paint thinner and malice, so enjoying a Maker’s Mark drink in some of Manhattan’s classiest bars for such a great price is something special. For more details on the promotion and the menus at participating restaurants, check out NYCgo.

  • The History Of The NYC Subway System In One Animated GIF

    For over 100 years, people have been traveling beneath New York City at all hours of the day, from the easternmost most parts of Queens to the tip of the Bronx. No, I’m not talking about those subterranean crustacean ne’er-do-well crab people, but the NYC subway system. The first underground line opened up in 1904 and in 1940 the multiple independent lines were united when the municipal government took control of the entire system. And the subwy continues to grow, with the Second Avenue Line currently under construction. It’s just too bad this excellent map from Appealing Industries didn’t include the marvel that is the PATH train, which has been transporting folks from New Jersey to New York underneath the Hudson River since 1907.

  • Witness Five Decades Of Change At One Harlem Address [18 Photos]

    We are huge fans of time lapse videos, capturing one location over days or even months. But when it comes to documenting a place over years and decades, a video camera just won’t cut it. Such a project requires a patient and dedicated photographer, like Camilo José Vergara. Vergara documents the big changes in America’s urban landscapes by studying a single address. He has spent time returning to addresses year after year in cities such as Newark, New York City, Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles, capturing how one small spot changes over time and telling the bigger story of the city in the process. His study of 65 E. 125th St. in Harlem is presented in the gallery, but you can check out many more series at the Library of Congress and at Vergara’s website.

  • Stanley Kubrick Photographed The NYC Subways In The 1940s [15 Photos]

    Long before directing such classics as The Shining, Barry Lyndon, and Full Metal Jacket, cementing his status as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Stanley Kubrick was a photographer for Look, a bi-weekly, general interest magazine similar to Life. We have previously shared photos of Chicago taken by Kubrick for the magazine and now photos of New York from the same era are making the rounds on the Internet. Just 17 years old at the time, Kubrick captured these photos of New York City commuters in 1946. You can check out thousands of more photos from Kubrick, many never published, at the Museum of the City of New York.

  • New York City Aerial Photography Never Disappoints [16 Photos]

    Photographer George Steinmetz has gained worldwide acclaim for his incredible aerial photography of the world’s deserts. He’s published three books featuring photos of the Sahara, Gobi, and Death Valley captured from his motorized paraglider. Lately, however, Steinmetz has done a complete 180, turning his lens on one of the world’s most urban landscapes–New York City. Steinmetz spent the last year traveling by helicopter around the city, capturing a bird’s-eye-view of all four seasons. The photos will be compiled into a book, New York Air, to be published later this year. Keep up with the project and other great aerial shots by following George Steinmetz on Facebook and Instagram.

  • Costumed Do-Gooders Create NYC Subway Etiquette Video

    New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been working hard to educate subway passengers about the do’s and don’ts of subterranean travel. Although things like don’t litter, don’t take up multiple seats, and don’t dance on the pole and kick someone in the face seem fairly obvious, about six seconds into any subway ride will show you just how uneducated commuters can be. To help educate travelers, Christian “CJ” Koegel and his partner Chris Zelig wore full-body suits and recreated the MTA’s Courtesy Counts campaign. Hopefully these do-gooders will be rewarded with a key to the city or, at the very least, their video will go viral.

  • Haunting Portraits of 70s New York Punks [15 Photos]

    Located in TriBeCa from 1978-1983, the Mudd Club was the place to hang out for musicians and artists in the punk and no wave scenes. Debbie Harry, David Byrne, John Lurie, Betsey Jonhson, Nico, and Jean-Michel Basquiat all hung out at the popular nightclub. In 1979, photographer William Coupon gathered some local punks for his first formal portrait series. Check out the photos, featuring club performer Klaus Nomi, in the gallery and see some of the celebrities and world leaders Coupon would go on to photograph at Behance.

  • These Tilt-Shift Aerial Photos Of New York Are Unreal

    Walking around New York City, it doesn’t take long to become desensitized to the initially awe-inspiring street-level vistas. When you walk the streets and avenues every single day, the magic just doesn’t last. But then you see photos from a point-of-view you’d never experience, maybe like 7500 feet in the air, and you find yourself enamored with the city all over again. Such is the case when viewing these incredible tilt-shift aerial shots from filmmaker and photographer Vincent Laforet. “Gotham 7.5K” is a collection of photos taken at night from a helicopter with the door off. In other words, something we probably won’t experience ourselves. Be sure to check out more from the series at Laforet Visuals.

  • Ralph Lauren Opens Polo Bar In New York City [9 Photos]

    This past fall, superstar designer Ralph Lauren opened his Fifth Avenue flagship Polo store, attracting fashion shoppers from all over the world. And today, Ralph Lauren is hoping to win over diners (and drinkers) with the opening of his first NYC restaurant, Polo Bar. The Fifth Avenue eatery promises a “casual yet refined setting,” being the sort of place where you’d expect Ralph and his buds to exchange fox hunting stories or something while sipping on brandy and wondering what the poor people are doing. Of course, being a Fifth Avenue bar with Fifth Avenue prices ($24 burger), Polo Bar probably won’t become a regular hangout for schlubs like us, but with its extensive cocktail menu, including an impressive selection of single malt scotch, the Polo Bar will definitely be a place to imbibe on special occasions.

  • Incredible Photos Of 1960s New York Captured By A Hospital Night Porter [28 High Quality Photos]

    James Jowers first became interested in photography while serving in the Army, where he was trained in darkroom procedures. In 1965, he enrolled at the New School, during which time he worked nights as a porter at St. Luke’s Hospital. This allowed Jowers plenty of time to photograph his Lower East Side neighborhood and its mesh of native New Yorkers and transient hippies. In 2007, Jowers donated approximately 400 prints to the George Eastman House in Rochester. 50 photos from the collection have been digitized and shared on Flickr. We’ve shared some of our favorites below. Is it just us, or does that dude showing off his tattoo look like Keith Richards?

  • Vintage Cars On The Streets Of NYC [38 Photos]

    You’ve either got to be crazy or possess a great insurance plan if you park your classic car on the streets of New York. Between the heavily salted roads in winter and the insane drivers who think nothing of a hit and run no matter the season, chances are your vintage vehicle isn’t going to last long. But sometimes a classic ride is just too nice to give up—even if most folks wouldn’t give your “beater” a second look. And as someone who drove a 1985 Oldsmobile Delta 88 for many years, I totally understand.

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • NYC As Seen Through A Game Boy Camera In 2000 [10 Photos]

    In 1998, Nintendo breathed new life into their almost 10 year-old portable gaming system with the release of the Game Boy Camera, allowing one to take a break from capturing Pokemon and instead capture 256×254 black and white digital images and even print them out using the Game Boy Printer. In 2000, photographer David Friedman got a hold of a Game Boy Camera and photographed such iconic locations as Rockefeller Center and the New York Public Library. He recently uncovered the photos, and the quaintness of something that seemed so revolutionary just 14 years ago is insane. Check out more of Friedman’s projects, including experiments using the Game Boy Camera to take color photos, at his blog, Ironic Sans.

  • 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.

  • Incredible NYC Street Art [Video]

    Watch and be amazed as this incredible artist creates a sci-fi inspired cityscape in minutes using only spray paint. And he’s doing it on the sidewalk in New York City. I have enough trouble concentrating enough to send a text message when I’m walking down the street and this dude is churning out original artwork like it’s no big deal. Does anyone know where he is? I’d really to check this out in person.

  • A Look Inside New York City’s Most Expensive House Ever [7 Photos]

    It’s the biggest Christmas present in the city, with a price tag to match. A 40-foot-wide mansion, one of the largest homes in the city, is on the market for a whopping $114 million — or half the price its owner, Wall Street investor Vincent Viola, spent to buy the Florida Panthers hockey team earlier this year. For that kind of money, the Violas even threw in the gift wrap, tying on a giant red bow to the outside of the 1884 limestone home at 12 E. 69th St., complete with a “Merry Christmas” tag. The asking price for this seven-bedroom, nine-bath house would not only break the current record, but rip out its heart and step on it. The most expensive home in city history was The Harkness Mansion at 4 E. 75th St., a 36-footer that sold for $53 million in 2006. And $114 million would represent quite a profit for Viola and his designer wife, Theresa, who bought the manse for $20 million in 2005. At the time the 16,000-foot spread was broken up into four large apartments and doctor’s offices, but it’s nothing compared to the place Theresa Viola has created with the help of her more »

  • The 10 Snobbiest Cities in the US

    In some cities, snobs seem to rule. It’s an embraced culture trait. In these particular cities, snobs seem to congregate. So, whenever you go visit these cities, be ready for stares, eyes rolling, intolerance, superiority, snootiness, disgust, etc. Basically, be ready for snobbiness. 

  • 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.

 

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