• 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.

  • A 1912 Plan that Would’ve Connected Manhattan To Other Boroughs Almost Happened

    So if things had gone a little differently in 1912, Manhattan, Jersey City and Staten Island would look drastically different today. An article from the 1912 NY Times exclaimed “Plans to change map of the harbor… Governors Island to be annexed, and Staten Island and New Navy Island to be connected.” Engineer T. Kennard Thomas was the brain behind the plan and according to the Gothamist was “totally legit and respected”. “Speaking at a meeting of the American Society of Civil Engineers… he suggested the building of two sea walls from each end of the Battery to Governors Island adn the filling in of what is now the channel at the south of Manhattan Island. The work which has been in progress for years under the Government for the extension of the island to the south should be continued until it extends about ten blocks right down the center of the harbor to about a mile and a quarter of Staten Island. Mr. Thomson reckoned that thereby eight or nine miles of docks would be added to the city and a tract of 1,400 acres worth $1,000,000,000 made available for building purposes.” The plan was obviously foiled, but by 1930 more »

  • 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.

  • 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 »

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • New York City Subway Map Gets a Mario Bros Redesign

    Robert Bacon, a chicago actor and comedian and I guess 8 pixel designer, gave the NYC subway map a unique remodel, using elements from Super Mario Bros to completely re-work the underground rail map. “I really enjoy making pixel art and find it extremely calming,” Bacon told Daily Intelligencer of the effort, which took him about two months. “I really like sitting down, turning on some music, and making pixel art.” A fun take on the most miserable commuter method in NYC. Show this to someone riding the rails during rush hour and don’t be surprised if you get a fireball to the crotch. [h/t] NYMag

  • NYC Subways in 1986 Look Straight Out of a Movie

    On a hot summer day in 1986, YouTuber, RailroadPacific, made a round trip through the USA and Canada. The starting point was New York. So he filmed some scenes in Manhattan through 42nd St & Timesquare. The result of this 10 minute observational documentary looks exactly how movies depict the underground railways from those times. The entire time, you can’t help but wait for a lady to get mugged only to be saved by Batman. These were the days in New York City where gangs and street walkers owned what’s now the largest toursit attraction NYC has to offer, Times Square. Never, ever complain about the NYC subway system again. It can (and was) much worse.

  • 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.

  • An Underground Look At NYC’s Second Avenue Subway Construction [29 Photos]

    Construction crews are busy at work under Second Avenue in Manhattan with one of New York City’s most ambitious subway projects in decades. The current project, dubbed Second Avenue – Phase I, consists of two miles and three stations right up the heart of Manhattan’s busy Second Avenue. Obviously all this work takes place under ground out of sight from the public view but new we can see what the construction looks like with the following 29 photos.

  • $30 Million NYC Bachelor Pad Fit For A President

    If you’re in the market for a top notch New York City bachelor pad with a patriotic history look no further. This is one of the most impressive pieces of real estate available in The Big Apple. 80 Washington Place in Greenwich Village was built in 1839 but was recently renovated into a stunning masterpiece of fine design elements ranging from wooden floors, stone walls, and exposed brick. Famed composer and conductor John Philip Sousa owned the house in the early 1900’s. Quick history crash course, Sousa wrote patriotic hits as “Semper Fidelis,” the official march of the Marines, and “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” our nation’s national march. Feel free to bust out this trivia fact when you hold a $5,000-a-plate fund raiser for Chris Christie’ 2016 Presidential campaign. The house hit the market for $31.5 million in June 2012, making it the most expensive townhouse for sale in Greenwich Village, but the sky-high price was lowered to $29.9 million earlier this month. What a steal! Still an outrageous number, but if you can afford this 5-story gem with a 360 degree view from the roof it would make for some epic cocktail parties.        

  • Successful NYC Restauranteurs at 26 with No Experience? Done.

    Paul Abrahamian and Jon Sherman were both 26 when they decided to open Sticky’s Finger Joint in Manhattan, just north of New York University in Washington Square Park. It’s only been open since April (three months at this writing) and already they’ve been featured on a Bobby Flay’s Food Network hit show 3 Days To Open, (see the episode here) turned down a 7-figure offer for their brand, and have entertained multiple investors interested in their expansion.

  • Two Strangers Jam Out on NYC Subway

    Here’s a great feel good story for the day. Two strangers sitting on a NYC subway, both holding instruments are asked to play an impromptu song together. What ensues is an epic performance by two wildly talented artists. If this doesn’t put a smile on your face, then you don’t have a face or you’re Nancy Grace or just lost a race or were just sprayed with mace. Anyway. happy Thursday.

  • 20 Best New Burger Joints in NYC (10 Photos)

    From pedigreed fast-food joints to nouveau chophouses, the battle for patty supremacy rages on. NY Timeout tracks down 20 contenders to add to your list. By the Food & Drink staff Coppelia With every buzzy new eatery flaunting its own chefly burger, pricey patties are on the rise. But Julian Medina bucks the trend with his affordable entrant, the Frita Cubana, at this 24-hour Latin diner. He doesn’t skimp either—the jaw-stretching stack features airy chicharróns and spiced roasted pork, piled atop a plump Swiss-covered burger made with sirloin, short rib and skirt steak. Pickles, red onion, crisp Boston lettuce and fresh tomato slices offset the richness, a slick of sambal-spiked mayo adds some zip, and a golden-brown potato bun holds it all together. 207 W 14th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-858-5001). $8.95. Photograph: Virginia Rollison Burger on Smith In 2009, chef Kyle Huebbe won a Brooklyn Paper contest with his tweaked cheeseburger recipe, laced with horseradish-chive aioli and topped with sharp cheddar. That award-winning creation now has pride of place on the menu at the new Cobble Hill joint, where Huebbe shares the kitchen with Blessing Schuman-Strange. The burger is built around a custom blend of grass-fed brisket more »



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