Posts Tagged as: nyc

August 21, 2015

Interactive Subway Station Maps

I’ve been having way too much fun with these. Last week I made an interactive sharable NYC subway map called “What’s Your Subway Station Number” and it’s been making its way around the web, being covered by Gothamist, Curbed, Brooklyn Magazine, 6sqft, and more.

And yesterday I made one for Boston, which you can see here. just did a nice writeup, and I’m hoping it brings Bostonians as much fun (and lost workplace productivity) as it’s brought New Yorkers.

Based on the stats, people have spent a combined 370,000 hours playing with just the NYC map alone. Crazy!

November 11, 2014

First Steps in One World Trade Center

I’ve been literally watching One World Trade Center take shape since construction started. So today when I got the chance to spend a few moments in the building for the first time, I excitedly snapped a few photos with my phone.

The lobby is huge and gorgeous. It smells like a mixture of “new car smell” and fresh paint.

Security was very nice but not very subtle. When I entered from the street a few large (but kind) men slowly descended upon me and guided me to the main security desk.

Once past security I was in the elevator bank. The elevator buttons are presented on a touch screen, and you’re only shown the floors relevant to you.

Inside, the elevators don’t have many buttons.

Welcome to New York. Welcome to New York.

From inside the building, the only subtle reminder you’re in such an iconic piece of architecture (besides the view) are the gradually sloping corners, which are a cross section of the building’s overall unique geometry.

Not a bad view.

September 11, 2014

World Trade Center Floorplans

Because of today’s significance (and because it will be my future office in a few months!) I was reading up on the new One World Trade Center. It’s got a pretty interesting tapering shape, so I thought it would be fun to do an “MRI” style flythrough of some of the floorplans I could find online.

Slide your mouse from left to right across the images below to see a fun little animation.

March 6, 2014

Is that a MacBook charger on the top of the World Trade Center?

While browsing the fantastic GigaPan image in’s amazing story about the new World Trade Center, I zoomed into the junk at the top of the spire and discovered what looks like a MacBook charger! Maybe they’re using some Apple hardware to control the lights? Or maybe it’s just a similar looking cable… Can anyone confirm this?

Here are some screenshots, followed by what the actual charger looks like.






February 5, 2014

Manhattan’s best coffeehouses by subway stop

I came across this on Reddit. I can’t vouch for the validity, but it seems like a cool idea. Would love to see it extended to Brooklyn and Queens.

January 31, 2014

Where to Get the Best Nachos in NYC | Serious Eats : New York

I’m posting this for nothing else than my own personal reference.

Where to Get the Best Nachos in NYC | Serious Eats : New York.

August 16, 2013

Queensboro Bridge Truck Fire Photos

Earlier today a truck burst into flames on the Queensboro bridge. Luckily nobody was injured.

Fast forward to tonight while I’m sipping some bourbon on my balcony (Breckenridge Bourbon from Colorodo, it’s not bad), and I notice two heavy-duty trailers hauling the burnt remains of a truck down Jackson Avenue.

I don’t know for sure this is the truck, but how often does a charred truck get carted down Jackson Avenue away from the Queensboro bridge? Anyway, enjoy the photos. The full hi-res gallery is here.

July 2, 2013

The Most Powerful Office in Manhattan?

This is the personal office of billionaire hedge fund manager Steven Cohen. It’s in the penthouse of One Beacon Court, one of the few residences in the Bloomberg Building, and one of the few New York properties selling for more than $100 Million. $115 Million to be exact.

As a standalone office out of context it’s nothing extraordinary. Standard desk and array of monitors. The chair looks like a Herman Miller.

But imagine sitting in that chair in that room. It must feel like you have the world at your fingertips. That’s some crazy power to imagine.

June 3, 2013

Iris Smyles and Dave Hill at The Strand

If you’re in New York this Thursday, check out this event at The Strand with authors Iris Smyles and Dave Hill. If it’s half as awesome as the poster then you’re in for a treat.

January 7, 2013

Crazy PATH Train Escalator Malfunction

Apparently this morning one of the PATH train escalators in New Jersey started going in reverse, and fast. The video below is pretty freaky. Hope everyone was OK.

Of all my years taking escalators almost every day in and around NYC, I’ve never heard of a malfunction like this. Just another thing for paranoid New Yorkers to be more paranoid about.

Found via Gothamist.

December 28, 2012

The Greatest Architecture Porn Website of All Time

If you like to gaze at beautiful homes you can never afford, The Location Department website is for you.

What sets this site apart from traditional architecture porn is the sheer quantity of photos. Since it’s geared toward the professional film, magazine, and television industry, every location is copiously documented with dozes (sometimes hundreds) of images.

To get started, I recommend diving into the page titled Modern, Apartments, Lofts, Brownstones & Townhouses: New York City

Browsing these amazing homes I found myself alternating between feelings of amazement and rage. Have a look and you’ll see what I mean.

June 3, 2011

One Week of WTC Construction Progress

Looks like they’re going for two floors every two weeks. Not too shabby.

May 27, 2011

World Trade Center Construction Update

Looks like more progress in the last two days…

May 25, 2011

1 World Trade Center Construction Progress

Since it’s official that Condé Nast is moving into 1 World Trade Center (formerly known as the Freedom Tower, formerly the site of, well, you know) I thought I’d document some of the building’s construction. With my iPhone pressed up against my trusty Nikon spotting scope (more on that here) I’m able to get a fairly decent view from my apartment in Long Island City.

Word is they’re building a floor a week, so let’s see how accurate that is. From the photo above it looks like they prop up a section of the floor with some type of scaffolding, then build around it. Let’s see what happens.

June 5, 2009

Empire State Building Photo

I snapped this out of the back window of Snooth’s new offices in midtown. I highly recommend checking out the full resolution version.

In related news, our proximity to the Empire State Building is what made our (former) insurance company refuse to insure us. If you ask me, it sounds like the terrorists won.

May 1, 2009


Proof positive why I should start carrying my Flip video camera around more often. I have no idea who this guy is, but Susan Boyle should be trembling in her big fat shoes. Brief cameo and camerawork by the one and only Todd Suchotliff. He’s my savior. He’s your savior.

March 6, 2009

Soho Photo

As seen in SoHo on my way to work two days ago.

As a bizarre complement to this photograph, the orange sticker in the window of the SUV was a remnant from a funeral procession, as you can see from this crop of another (ie, suckier) photo I took.

December 21, 2008

Life on Mars

I saw a filming of “Life on Mars” the other day while on my way to work. I snapped a photo that didn’t seem too interesting at the time – an old-fashioned fire truck and police car, some extras dressed in 1950s garb, a big crew – the usual. But check out what I saw when I blew up the photo (below). Either there’s a scene that features the invisible man, or it’s a stunt man who’s going to be set on fire. My money’s with the fire one. Any viewers of Life on Mars want to let me know if I’m right in the coming weeks? Does anyone even watch that show?

Computer: Enhance! Enhance!

December 1, 2008

Sony PSP Billboard Coming Down

Say it ain’t so! Looks like they’re finally pulling the plug on that aging Sony PSP billboard on Houston Street.

November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving Parade Video

I had a wonderful and totally not-terrifying experience at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday.

October 3, 2008

Banksy in SoHo

Today I spotted what looks to be another Banksy painting in SoHo, on Broadway and Howard (it’s facing the green patch on this map). Click on the thumbnail to view it larger.

I wonder what he’s trying to say?

August 22, 2008

Why don’t we do it in the road?

As the guy who designed the original NYC Condom, my heart sank this afternoon when I saw about a hundred new NYC Condoms strewn across the street by Broadway and Broome. Let’s show a little more respect for our rubbers, New York.

August 11, 2008

Death Trap

I spotted this on Broome Street today. For whatever reason, these pieces of wood were covering an open doorway in the sidewalk outside a Chinese welding company. It’s quite possibly the funniest thing ever.

July 31, 2008

A pig’s eye!

Living in Chinatown has been fun so far. But having to watch the butcher deliver pig carcuses to the Chinese food place across the street? Not so fun.

July 24, 2008

DeLorean Dreaming

I spotted this DeLorean on my commute yesterday. Even though it’s a simple design, I still think the LeLorean is one of the coolest looking cars around. But I can’t decide if I’d like the DeLorean as much if it wasn’t featured in Back to the Future. Is the car that awesome looking, or is my opinion tainted?

Thinking about the DeLorean also reminds me of one of my first original (and semi intentionally-cheesy) songs I made on my Mac. It’s a throwback to the magic and wonder that is the 1980s. I called it “DeLorean Dreams” and you can listen to it here.

July 9, 2008

Slim Shots

I saw this little bit of high-brow billboard modification while waiting for the B train in Chinatown yesterday, and what fascinates me is the sheer transparency of the artist’s process. It’s hard to tell where he (and I’m sure it’s a he) began, but in looking at his work it’s easy to decipher his artistic intentions.

“See that cup of white liquid? Well that’s going to need a cock-n-balls right there. And the word ‘Appitite?’ Easy. Now it says ‘tit.’ This is working out GREAT so far!”

My only critique is that I would have gone with “ho” instead of “hots” up top. But I guess everyone’s a critic.

What would YOU have done to enhance this ad? To the comments!

July 8, 2008

DCF Advertising’s NYC Teen Mindspace Campaign

Yesterday marked the official launch of our teen-focused social marketing campaign for the NYC Department of Health. The campaign centers around a MySpace page and several fictitious NYC teenagers all involved in common yet dangerous situations, such as experimenting with drugs and depression.

It wasn’t easy making the website appealing while also dealing with subject matter usually relegated to after school specials and cringe-inducing PSAs. But with the help of actual NYC high school kids who weighed in during the creative process, I think we managed to make something that’s not “lame.” Hopefully it will do some good.

What I find ironic is the fact that even though the campaign is for mental health awareness, I was about ready to go batshit insane while coding that MySpace page. If anyone’s ever tried to make a customized MySpace page, you know what I’m talking about. It’s not pretty.

Check out the campaign here.

July 1, 2008

The journey to and view from Manhattan’s Nelson Tower

I had a pretty exciting adventure yesterday afternoon. While taking pictures for an upcoming project I found myself at one of New York’s most visible yet rarely visited landmarks. I say rarely visited because in order to get there you need to take two elevators, enter a private penthouse office, climb up a 20 foot vertical ladder, have the building’s super struggle to push aside a wooden hatch cover for 5 minutes, and prop a workman’s ladder against a 12 foot parapet.

The most amazing thing about being on the roof of 450 7th Avenue, (also known as Nelson Tower, the tallest building in NYC’s Garment District), is that when you look up, pretty much the only thing you can see is sky. This is a strange feeling knowing you’re in the heart of midtown Manhattan. The roof itself isn’t flush with the top of the building, instead it sits about 12 feet below a retaining wall, cobwebbed with decades of unused or ailing electrical wiring and other rusting things I couldn’t identify.

It’s not until you prop up a ladder against the wall and start to climb before the expanse of the city takes shape beneath you. Being at the top of the ladder is a strangely exhilarating feeling that the photos don’t do justice to. Basically you’re balanced between two falls. Fall backward and you’ll break some bones. Fall forward and you’ll die. Bitchin.

In a related note, the super told stories of the roof’s popularity during the depression as a great place for forelorn businessmen to commit suicide. He even showed me the ladder they’d use, laying on the ground covered in rust and mold. I’d never seen a “suicide ladder” before, but I’ll be damned if I see ever another ladder that looks more suicide-y.

The building’s super climbing…

…and opening the hatch.

Setting up the ladder on the roof.

Bringing the ladder to the parapet.

Keep reading for more photos…

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June 29, 2008

Is that a camera on your taxi or are you just happy to see me?

I wish I’d gotten a better picture of this, but on Saturday I saw a taxi with a digital camera left accidentally sitting on its roof. This was especially poignant considering I’d recently re-visted the movie Raising Arizona, during which something of a little more value is accidentally left atop a moving vehicle…

May 9, 2008

Yes it works!

I saw this printer sitting out on the street a few weeks ago. I love the subtle irony here, assuming that the sign was actually printed with the printer being tossed. It’s decent irony, but not perfect irony. (For the record, this is perfect irony – Billionaire roofing exec dies after fall through roof.)

As a sidenote, when I was processing the photo for the web I noticed that there was something printed on the back of the sign. After flipping the image and bumping up the contrast, (as well as saying the word “ENHANCE” a few times), we’re offered a fascinating glimpse into the first draft of this sign. It basically just said the word “WORKS” broken up onto two lines. Why do you think they changed it?