08/01/14 9:00am

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This could be the reason so many parts of the world hate us. We do not mean to spoil the party, but for the second year in a row, we are left flabbergasted by the amount of attention Sharknado gets both in online and social media. Sure we can all agree that Sharknado 2: The Second One is not a good movie, because that’s the point. Besides being bad, this movie is just boring. But because we love you guys so much, we took one for the team and we paid enough attention to give you the NYC film locations used for the Syfy original movie Sharknado 2: The Second One. (more…)

07/31/14 10:00am

Cornelius-Vanderbilt-II-House-Fifth-Avenue-NYCThe Cornelius Vanderbilt II Mansion on 57th Street and 5th Avenue, now demolished

Our new series with 6sqft, a publication on architecture, real estate and neighborhoods in New York City explores the mansions of Fifth Avenue.

New York City’s Fifth Avenue has always been pretty special, although you’d probably never guess that it began with a rather ordinary and functional name: Middle Road. Like the 1811 Commissioner’s Plan for Manhattan, which laid out the city’s future expansion in a rational manner, Middle Road was part of an earlier real estate plan by the City Council.

 

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07/31/14 9:00am

IMG_1308Mike’s Coffee Shop. Image via Flickr: JSsocal

There are few things as characteristic of New York City as the luncheonette. These small, informal dining spaces used to dot the urban landscape as much as Starbucks does today.  Although their cheap meals and neighborhood-friendly atmosphere are now far and few between, we’ve compiled this list of the best luncheonettes still in operation. So, in no particular order, here are our picks of the eight best luncheonettes in NYC that are still serving up great grub at good prices.

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07/30/14 12:00pm

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The temporary sculptures along the Park Avenue Mall are one of our favorite public art initiatives in New York City. The curated pieces, done by one featured artist at a time, always seem to be in a dialogue with the city around them. In the lower part of Park Avenue, north of Grand Central Terminal, the works form a distinct contrast with the corporate business culture that pervades the architecture. Further north, they serve to spice up the storied legacy of Park Avenue apartments.

On Saturday August 1st, Ewerdt Hilgemann, Moments in a Stream will be complete, stretching from 52nd to 67th Street. We’ve been hanging out with Hilgemann and his team while they install the sculptures between 10pm and 6am, as required by city regulation.

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07/30/14 10:30am

Queensway Connection_ENYA_AIANY_Bhushan Mondkar_Untapped Cities-006The Queensway Steps by Carrie Wilbert and Eleonore Levieux (Paris, France)

Abandoned, forgotten, in ruins, re-discovered and now re imagined as a much needed green artery in the heart of the world’s most (culturally) diverse county! The QueensWay is slowly but steadily making strides to become the next ‘rail to trail‘ urban sensation. Envisioned as an undulating linear park, it aspires to go a step beyond the High Line in transforming abandoned infrastructure into a multifunctional park system with pedestrian pathways, bike lanes, performance spaces, art installations and community gardens, not to forget the cuisines from around the world that might possibly be stippled along the 3.5 mile rustic experience.

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