One of the crown jewels of Manhattan, the grand dame of New York City, is turning 100. We are talking, of course, about Grand Central Terminal. A century ago, on February 2, 1913 – after a decade of construction – the building that would revolutionize commuter train travel opened its doors.

There isn’t anything to say that hasn’t been said before about the building’s grandiose and tumultuous history. So, we offer something else to commemorate one of the most amazing buildings in the city: a 360 look at Grand Central. Part of a larger project photographing iconic landmarks in glorious 360 degrees, we teamed up with Shots 360 and photographer Thomas Erh, the man behind the lens of interactive 360ยบ panoramic photography, to document some of our favorite Old New York places.



Beer Here: Brewing New York's History

To consider the fascinating yet largely anonymous legacy of beer brewing in New York City, the New-York Historical Society presents Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History. This exhibit surveys the social, economic, political, and technological history of the production and consumption of beer, ale, and porter in the city from the seventeenth century to the present. 

May 25, 2012 - September 02, 2012


Prime Burger is closing after 74 years. You could say they had a good run, but once again a place that made New York City just a bit more unique will be no more.

You can read all about the sad news here, or you can get your butt over to 5 E 51st street and get one last burger before Saturday.


Under the J Train

Most people when thinking of the New York City subway system automatically imagine subterranean trains  running through a web of underground tunnels. While this is true for Manhattan, several of the outer borough lines are actually above ground. The J train is a prime example, coming above ground at the Williamsburg Bridge and running on an elevated track all the way to Jamaica Center (JFK airport, basically).

Today we took a stroll between the Kosciuszko St station and the Marcy Ave station, photographing the old, the new and the in-between. 

Yes, this is a chicken coup, right on Broadway! While many parts of Brooklyn surrounding the J train are rapidly gentrifying, this part of Broadway remains a mixture of derelict building, strong ethnic enclaves and lots of fun things to explore.



Mark The Painter | Exhibition

Mark Turgeon, a long time friend of the blog and subject of an ongoing video project,  is exhibiting his favorite works from 1988-2012 at the Gary Krauss Stratford Gallery in Chelsea. We were at the opening reception, which was packed with old friends and new admirers. 

Mark Turgeon


Happy 73rd Anniversary to the 1939 World's Fair

We have a huge soft spot for everything World's Fair related. We wrote about elements here and here. While looking around the internet, we found this cool video about the 1939 Fair.

There are also loads of photos on Gothamist. Enjoy!