Urban Escapes, a company run by two friends of mine, Maia Josebachvilli and Bram Levy, brings you “out of the bubble” to places both around the city and internationally that you just won’t find in a guidebook. Recently featured on CNN, Urban Escapes subscribes to “Socially Responsible Travel,” including a “Leave No Trace” policy.
Nestled between symbols of urban industrialization and modern residential development (aka a Con Edison plant and glass condos), Vinegar Hill is a five-block square cobble-stoned neighborhood next to the Manhattan Bridge that seems to have been preserved in time circa the nineteenth century.
Manhattanhenge did not disappoint, as the edges of buildings grew bright, anticipating the sun to wax into view. But more so of note, was the gathering of humanity.
Eric Ferrara of the East Village History Project/East Village Visitors Center unveils layers of history on St. Mark's Place.
In a dramatic reappropriation of urban space for public use, Times Square was closed off to cars earlier this summer. Less well known is that Summer Streets are already in place all over the five-boroughs this summer, thanks to the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) and that a section of 34th street will have a pedestrian-only zone when the next bus rapid transit (BRT) phase is installed.
Twice a year, the sun falls into exact alignment with the Manhattan street grid, offering incredible sunsets that fully illuminate the cross-streets. The most dramatic photographs could arguably be taken amidst the notable architecture on 34th and 42nd street.This phenomenon has been nicknamed “Manhattanhenge” for its similarity to Stonehenge.
Untapped New York took the Freskills Tour run by the New York City Dept of Parks and Recreation. Construction has only recently begun but we got a glimpse of the site’s potential by traversing the topography below expansive skies.
Freshkills Landfill in Staten Island was established in 1948 on land that was originally tidal creeks and coastal marsh. It was the largest landfill in the world.
On June 13th, we adventured to The Putting Lot in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Here is what we found!
The Putting Lot is a nine-hole miniature golf course designed by teams of architects, urban designers and artists on a vacant lot in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The Putting Lot explores the possibility of an alternate use for these empty spaces”¦with an emphasis on community space. The result is a public art/urban infill/fun summer experiment!