A Rare Trip on the Floating Train Yard of Hudson Harbour

The only two options that freight trains have for accessing the east side of the Hudson River are to cross a bridge in Albany—140 painstaking miles north of New York City—or to ride a rail barge across the Hudson through the highly efficient marine-rail operation run by NYNJ Rail in Jersey City. Read More >>

The Man Who Collects the World's Rarest Architectural Artifacts

For Evan Blum, it started as a hobby when he was young. His father, an architect specialising in reuse, exposed him to the world of architectural antiques—and it wasn't long before Evan's own collection had outgrown the space he lived in. Today, 41 years later, it's how he makes his living. Read More >>

Shocking Image of Kiev's Independence Square Before and After the Riots

Kiev grows more violent each day as Ukrainians riot against their authoritarian government. Witnessing the transformation through media outlets could never sum up the amount of devastation conveyed in this image of the city's Independence Square. Read More >>

Brooks Cambium Review: No Need to Break-in This Saddle

Ask any cyclist: Racing saddles are uncomfortable. Especially for the first few months, when they feel like pieces of wood. But Brooks, the venerable British saddle maker, wants to change that with Cambium, a new saddle that arrives already broken in—without any of the normal torture. Your more sensitive parts (read: your crotch) will thank you. Read More >>

Tour a Secret Art Show Inside a Condemned NYC Apartment Building

Last week, as New York City suffered through blistering cold temperatures, 43 street artists were secretly painting three entire floors of a soon-to-be-demolished apartment building. We got to visit during an exclusive, two-hour show on Friday night. Read More >>

Nexus 5 Camera With Android 4.4.1 Test Shots: A Speed Focus Machine

The Nexus line's reputation of bad camera phones seems to have stopped at the Nexus 5, but Google isn't limiting the improvement to hardware. The Nexus 5's 4.4.1 update took what was already a much better camera and improved its launch time and focus speeds by half a second. That may not seem like much, but in photography it makes all the difference. Read More >>

Scratch Your Own Drawing Into This Giant Virtual Moon

Only 12 people have ever made a mark on the surface of the Moon, but a new project by Olafur Eliasson and Ai Weiwei is inviting everyone on the internet to make a mark on the big wheel of cheese—or its digital equivalent, at least. Read More >>

This Drive-In Cinema Uses Junk Cars as Audience Seating

You might miss Empire Drive In if you don't know it's there. This cinema looks like the average scrapyard, full of old cards and salvaged wood. Yet on nights and weekends, it transforms into a one-of-a-kind movie cinema with a twist: The junked cars are the seats. Read More >>

Tour the Restoration of a Grand 138 Year Old Brooklyn Bank

Located just over the Williamsburg Bridge, at 175 Broadway, in Brooklyn, New York, is the closed Williamsburg Savings Bank. The domed building hails from a time when banks were grand, church like spaces. Now, after years of deterioration, the space is finally being restored, as a social hub intended for the burgeoning community that is Williamsburg. Read More >>

Every Museum Should Have a Flying RC Sailboat as a Sign

The minimal facade of The New Museum in New York has been host to some wild installations since it opened in 2007, ranging from a sign reading "HELL, YES!" to a giant long stemmed rose. Today, workers finished installing the museum's latest outdoor sculpture: A 30 foot high remote controlled ship by artist Chris Burden. Read More >>

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See How Three Famous Photographs Were Edited Before Photoshop Existed

Magnum Photos, the 66-year-old photography organisation and darkroom printer in New York, has handled more famous photos than you or I will ever get to even look at. Magnum's master printer, Pablo Inirio, was editing with tried and true darkroom chemicals long before Photoshop was a twinkle in Adobe's eye. And now, we can see his process. Read More >>

You Can Shoot Photos with Stanley Kubrick's NASA Space Lenses

A rental house in Munich modified their digital camera to take Stanley Kubrick's f/0.7 lenses, which NASA commissioned from Zeiss to shoot the dark side of the moon. Meaning you can go out and shoot photos with essentially, historical artifacts. Read More >>

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A Tour of the New Makerbot Factory, Where 3D Printers Are Born

MakerBot is building an empire selling printers that make things—but have you ever wondered where the printers themselves are made? On June 7th, the company opened a huge new factory to accommodate the booming demand for Replicators, and we got a first-hand look inside. Read More >>

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This Man Has Collected 200 Years of Beautiful, Odd, and Historic Bikes

You've never seen a bicycle collection so extensive and well preserved as the one James MacDonald has obtained. Read More >>

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Instagraph: Your Instagram Workaround for WP8

Instagraph is an app that posts your photos to Instagram from Windows Phone. Sure, it's not the official app. But it's about as close as you're going to get for the foreseeable future. Read More >>

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The Control Room of a German Submarine from 1918

Taken in November of 1918, these two photos show the inside of the UB-110 German submarine. The valves were used to control the submarine and the reverse image is of four torpedo tubes used against a merchant ship in July 1918. Soon after the attack the submarine sunk and later was salvaged, but scrapped. Read More >>


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