Urban exploration is a hot topic these days and the new documentary “Urban Escape” that was first screened at Videology in Brooklyn will have its Paris premiere this Saturday. Featuring familiar New York City urban explorer like Steve Duncan, as well as Bob Unsee in Detroit and Scott Haefner in San Francisco, the film by French reporter Mélanie de Groot Van Embden and photographer David de Rueda follows a host of explorers throughout the United States. The documentary presents an examination of the practice of urban exploration–both the constraints and dangers, and the transcendent reasons why people continue to explore abandoned and inaccessible spaces. “We’re attracted to ruins because they remind us of our mortality, make us see that everything we create is finite and our place in the universe is really small,” says one of the explorers in the trailer.
Image via Central Park Then & Now
While it has been basically proven that there probably aren’t dinosaurs actually buried underneath Central Park, there is something equally fabulous that remains lost beneath the surface of the famous park. The Marble Arch was one of the finest pieces of architecture in Central Park, located at the end of the mall, on the opposite end of Bethesda Terrace was Marble Arch. It was unique for many reasons.
Echo Vault. Photo via Gothamist
We know you guys love to read about New York City’s abandoned subway stations, reveling most recently in a Fun Map of these subterranean fascinations. But what about subway stations that were built but never used? An article today about from Second Avenue Sagas about the 7 line extension station at Hudson Yards, awaiting passengers as the rest of the mega development is completed, reminded us of these. Here are 5 never completed or barely used subway stations in New York City:
Earlier this month, Blueprint NYC (produced by the Office of NYCMedia), took viewers into the five Loew’s Wonder Theatres of New York and New Jersey. Their second episode details the fascinating history of the Manhattan Municipal Building, one of New York City’s early skyscrapers built in 1914. A fun fact: the striking building was designed from a rejected sketch of Grand Central Terminal.
Thanks to a tweet from the Muncipal Art Society, we can’t stop staring at this map of New York City as Tron. Those familiar with the science fiction film Tron by Steven Lisberger will remember Jeff Bridges inside the mainframe of a computer. This article shows screenshots of the interactive map found on Github by New York City based lab Mazen using its Tangram engine, but click through to spend a few minutes starting and zooming around a computerized New York City.
If you’ve ever seen Koch, the movie, you’ll recall the scenes were Ed Koch delightfully waves at drivers crossing “my new bridge!” The scene was filmed shortly after the 59th Street/Queensboro Bridge was renamed the Edward I. Koch Bridge on March 23, 2011.
Mayor Bloomberg had announced the idea at Ed Koch’s 86th birthday party, and the City Council…well we know what the City Council did during the Bloomberg era. What was that rubber stamp quote about the City Council? Not all were happy about the Ed Koch Bridge, with 64% of city voters and 70% of Queens voters opposing.