All the Buildings in New York.
James Gulliver Hancock, an Australian illustrator living in Astoria, draws buildings in New York City. Lots and lots of buildings
. (NYTimes interview
-- more press
) [more inside]
An army of NYPD cops on Thursday evicted
a homeless man
from his Manhattan Bridge
" — which was complete with a gas heater, hot sauce and beer.
- one of the last standing lodging houses in New York City has been home for more than a generation of immigrant Chinese laborers who work at construction sites and kitchens throughout Chinatown.
Today, dozens of individuals are left sharing the fourth floor - each occupying a 64-square-foot cubicle." [more inside]
NFL holds Super Bowl in NYC; NYC unimpressed.
While the stadium is technically in New Jersey, it is considered equally if not primarily a New York stadium, and the NFL turned Times Square and Broadway into Super Bowl Boulevard Engineered By GMC.
Visitors can kick a football, watch television, ride a toboggan,
shop, enjoy a free slice of Papa John's pizza, play XBox, take a photo with the oversized Roman numerals 'XLVIII', use relevant Twitter hashtags,
and more. It is not decadent and depraved,
would tend to disagree. The Times discusses less vehement disapproval and disappointment,
while Business Insider wishes ill upon the city. Ticket sales are faltering relative to recent years,
with the new mayor among those skipping out.
Artist Nobutaka Aozaki
is creating a map of Manhattan made up entirely of hand-drawn maps given to him by strangers
, which he solicits by asking for directions. The project, called From Here to There
, is ongoing, and currently the main map is roughly 3' by 10'.
Through the use of Photoshop, Swiss photographer Gus Petro shows us what it would look like if Manhattan was dropped into the middle of the Grand Canyon.
The New York City Municipal Archives Online Gallery
offers over 870,000 historical images related to the 'city that never sleeps,' including maps
as well as video
recordings. A selection of 53 images from the collection can be seen at In Focus
. [more inside]
The upcoming New York Times Magazine cover story
is about the excavation of the Second Avenue Subway
line below the East Side of Manhattan. It features some stunning photography
and a video
that explains how the work is done. [more inside]
The Manhattan Project
is an HD timelapse short showing off different aspects of life in New York City. [via]
Last month, The Atlantic
reported that since 1980s, the price of a metallic NYC taxi license has grown four-times faster than the average home or a brick of gold
, claiming it to be a wonderful "inflation hedge." This report proved prescient; on Friday two such medallions (which merely represent the taxi's license) just sold for $1 million apiece — a 42% increase just since August.
Also on Friday, mere hours after reading the newsstand headlines, Midtown Manhattan resident Tom Poteat
looked down to see a medallion, unattached to its taxi, lying on the sidewalk.
Manhattan's enterprising, unsolicited window cleaners have often been used as
straw men by aspiring (and entrenched)
politicians. Mayoral candidate Rudolph Giuliani railed against the squeegee men in his 1993 campaign, but not without empathetically offering them a viable career alternative
Once a fixture of NYC life, and even the milieu of a major motion picture [SLRottenTomatoes]
, squeegeesmithy was since relegated to uptown
. But, as America's economic windshield has clouded, the squeegee men have returned in force
. [more inside]
The Corners Project.
For three years, photographer Friko Starc
took candid, spontaneous portraits of people who passed by one of five Manhattan street corners. Video [more inside]
For their 43rd anniversary issue, New York Magazine chose "to explore, across time, one of the things that has most defined New York life for centuries and has become a unit of measurement for our successes and failures: The Apartment: A History of Vertical Living"
/ Sardine Life: What a century and a half of piled-up housing reveals about us. [more inside]
Some of the only known aerial photos
, taken by a police helicopter, the only aircraft allowed in the Manhattan airspace during the attacks, of September the 11th have been released. [more inside]
The Jazz Loft Project
- From 1957 to 1965, celebrated photojournalist W. Eugene Smith made 4,000 hours of surreptitious recordings and took 40,000 photographs in a loft in Manhattan's wholesale flower district where Roland Kirk, Thelonius Monk, Hall Overton, Charles Mingus and other jazz greats jammed until dawn. Archived in the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the project is now accessible via a book, a traveling exhibit, a 10-part Jazz Loft series
on WNYC, NPR's Jazz Loft Project Sights & Sounds
, and an interview with JLP author Sam Stephenson
, which includes some images from the book. Via a Grain Edit post
, which also has some great images. [more inside]
The Manhattan Airport Foundation.
From the About Us: It doesn’t take long to realize Central Park squanders 843 acres of the most valuable real estate in the world.
From the FAQ
: To date, nearly 100 investors have signed on to provide approximately $130M in equity with another $80M from the bond market making Manhattan Airport the most ambitious privately-funded airport development project in US history.
Apparently this is for reals.
Have you ever wondered what New York was like before it was a city? Find out at The Mannahatta Project
, by navigating through the map to discover Manhattan Island and its native wildlife in 1609. [more inside]
I work as a film location scout in New York City.
My day is basically spent combing the streets for interesting and unique locations for feature films. In my travels, I often stumble across some pretty incredible sights, most of which are ignored every day by thousands of New Yorkers in too much of a rush to pay attention.
As it happens, it's my job to pay attention, and I've started this blog to keep a record of what I see.
The Fifty-Nine-Story Crisis.
In 1978, renowned structural engineer William LeMessurier discovered a mistake in his design for the Citicorp (now Citigroup) Center
. With hurricane season approaching, the skyscraper was in imminent danger of collapse. His handling of the situation has been praised as a "stunning example of good ethics in action" – but some disagree
A little something from the gee-whiz department for all our friends in Manhattan... did you know that today is a Gotham Equinox
? All I can say is enjoy it while you can
is a large-scale urban game that utilizes the New York City grid to recreate the 1980's video game sensation Pac-Man. Oh yes folks, and it's a NYU grad school project.
a stay-at-home dad in New York City. While his medical resident wife grinds out 80 hour weeks
, he narrates the hurdles (botched circumcision
, apartment fire
, roach invasions
) of raising a boy in the strange universe of Manhattan's Upper East Side.
Prepare for the worst
... says Mayor Mike, as NYC faces down a crippling transit strike. For starters, cars carrying fewer than four people could not enter or leave Manhattan over any bridge or through any tunnel on weekdays, 24 hours a day.
Commuters wishing to get into the city by car would need to pick up strangers -- and the city will facilitate this with staging areas. Unflappable New Yorkers are at least a little flapped. But the practice of strangers hitching rides with lone drivers isn't new to NoVa: There, they are called slugs and body snatchers
. [more inside]
Explosion Rocks Manhattan Building
NEW YORK -- More than 100 firefighters were called to the scene of a possible collapse Thursday at a building housing a technical school in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.
Fire officials said it appeared some type of explosion collapsed some floors of the building.
They said 21 people were being treated at the scene for injuries.
West 19th Street is closed between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.
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