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Rare Photos of NYC's Museums Under Construction

Museums are lightning rods for criticism. The most public of all buildings, they're also the most vulnerable, and even long-accepted classics faced scorn in their infancy. Today we're taking a look at vintage photographs of New York City's famous museums while under construction. Read More >>

architecture
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 >>

movies
A Tour of The Royal Tenenbaums, Wes Anderson's Only Film Shot in NYC

Throughout his career, Wes Anderson has set each of his films in an idiosyncratic and highly stylised world. Yet, only one of his eight films is set in NYC: The Royal Tenenbaums, widely considered his masterpiece. In celebration of Wes Anderson's latest film The Grand Budapest Hotel, we present eight NYC film locations featured in The Royal Tenenbaums. Read More >>

architecture
New York's Charming Water Towers are Actually Bacteria-Filled Horrorshows

Ah, New York—the sparkling skyline! The bustling streets! The... poop-filled water tanks? According to a new report from The New York Times, the city's roughly 17,000 water tanks are totally unsanitary and widely unregulated. Read More >>

architecture
How Many Windows Are There in Manhattan?

The shimmering wall of windows that makes up Manhattan is breathtaking, and seems almost infinite. But Michael Pollack—the wizard behind The New York Times' "F.Y.I" series, which plumbs deep and weird questions about New York—got down to brass tacks this week, estimating exactly how many windows are on the island. Read More >>

environment
World's Largest Landfill Will Soon be NYC's Biggest Solar Facility

The proposed solar facility will provide 10 megawatts of electricity, five times what the current largest solar installation produces and enough to energise 2,000 homes. The 47-acre solar complex will increase NYC's renewable energy capacity by 50 per cent. The 35,000 high-efficiency solar panels will be installed and operated by Sun Edison at no cost to the city. Read More >>

photography
Elaborate Dioramas Model the Apocalypse in Miniature

We can do a lot with Photoshop, from faking entire military operations to whatever this is. But sometimes, low-tech trickery is just more fun. Such is the case with the work of Lori Nix, a photographer who specialises in shooting urban dioramas containing scenes of complete and utter destruction. Read More >>

monster machines
This Zinc Battery Could Overthrow Lithium Ion

West Harlem in NYC isn't exactly known for its robust industrial capabilities. Nor is zinc particularly — well, ever — used as a secondary, rechargeable battery. But that's not going to stop the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) from developing both into an energetic powerhouse. Read More >>

airplanes
A 9/11 Plane Part Has Been Found in New York City

The NYPD is saying that a 5-foot long airplane part of a 9/11 plane has been found in an alley near the World Trade Center. The landing gear part, which came from one of the airplanes that crashed into the Twin Towers, was found three streets from Ground Zero. It's incredible given that it's been more than 11 years since the tragic event of September 11th. Read More >>

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Mark Zuckerberg, Pummelled and Posterized

OK, nobody actually beat up Mark Zuckerberg, but someone did plaster a series of posters that make it seem as though the Facebook founder had been beaten up. When in actuality it's the latest work of famed NYC graffiti artist KATSU. You might have seen his signature skulls or perhaps even his app before? Read More >>

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Sony Selling Its NYC HQ for $1.1 billion

Sony has announced plans to sell its New York HQ for $1.1 billion —but it will continue to rent and use the space. Read More >>

photography
How Iwan Baan Captured the Most Iconic Image of Hurricane Sandy

Iwan Baan photographed New York City from the air last Wednesday, and his image has become perhaps the most iconic record of Sandy, gracing the cover of New York magazine and flooding the internet. This is how he got the shot. Read More >>

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Watch the Manhattan Skyline Appear from a Blank Canvas in Less than 90 Seconds

Unfairly-great UK illustrator Patrick Vale recreates the whole of lower Manhattan, as seen from the Empire State Building, in this incredible time lapse video. What's more, he does it completely freehand. Now let's see him do it from memory. [Patrick Vale via Colossal] Read More >>

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The NYC Geyser. It Spews Cigarette Butts.

So there's been some rain over the past couple of days in NYC. And as a result, some weird things have happened. None, perhaps, are weirder than this subway station walkway, which was burping up water and cigarette butts at people walking by. Seriously, wtf is going on here? [John Herrman] Read More >>

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Watch These Fake Flying People Freak Out New York City

This is the best prank you can pull on an entire city. The marketing team behind the movie Chronicle tried its hand at viral marketing by flying three human shaped RC planes around NYC to make it look like real people were magically flying. From the ground, it really looked like you were watching a superhero do its flyin' thang. Read More >>

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Trade Whatever You've Got for Whatever You Want with the Swap-O-Matic

The Swap-O-Matic is a New York based art project designed to "remind us that reusing and recycling can be just as fun as buying something new." It works on a credit system—donating an item earns you a credit, receiving an item costs you a credit, and swapping is credit-neutral. Swapping is done by removing an item, replacing it with yours, and then entering your email address for confirmation. Read More >>

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