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What's Going On With This Red Minivan?

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

What caught my eye was the weird wire coming out of the rear window, running into the gas tank, coming back out of the gas tank, and finally attached to a bizarre axle on the tire.

Treasures on the East 25th Street Courthouse

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

The marble courthouse on 25th and Madison, home to the Appellate Division of the NY State Supreme Court, is a charmingly compact building only three stories high, completely dwarfed by skyscrapers.

Times Square Recycle Billboard Made From Recyclables

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

I was scouting near Times Square on Friday when I noticed a neat new billboard on 7th Ave promoting Best Buy's electronics recycle program.

Scouting in Red Hook

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

I was scouting around Red Hook today when I noticed an old brick warehouse festooned with warning signs.

Help! Where Should This Reader Propose to His Girlfriend?

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

I recently got a letter from a fan of Scouting NY telling me that he is planning on proposing to his girlfriend, and is looking for the perfect NYC location to do it.

Abandoned on East 43rd Street

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

2010-02-01-marble.jpg A beautiful Italianate marble building, 4 East 43rd Street has to be one of the few abandoned properties in Midtown. It has been decaying for over four years.

Chelsea Birds Are Watching You...

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

If you look closely on the top levels of London Terrace Gardens, you'll spot some really neat statuary, including a pair of really pissed off-looking birds on the south side.

Masked Vigilante on 42nd Street

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

In these troubling times, it is refreshing to know that somewhere in the Socony-Mobil building, perched high above 42nd Street, a masked avenger keeps a constant vigil over us.

Nobody Steps on a Church in My Town! Or Do They?...

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

Demolition has indirectly elevated St. Ann's in the East Village to a sort-of post-modern sculpture, forcing a completely new way of looking at and thinking about the remaining structure.

The Scouting NY Guide to the Big Apple!

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

Every week, I receive emails asking what I'd recommend covering on a visit to NYC -- not the obscure, quirky stuff that I write about, but rather, my favorite major attractions and sights.

The Cemetery Down The Alley

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

I love Manhattan cemeteries like Marble, in part because of how annoyed they must make developers -- these are multi-million dollar plots of land permanently dedicated for rotting remains.

New York, You've Changed: Taxi Driver (Part 2)

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

When we last left off, Travis Bickle was cruising through Times Square. We then catch him uptown as he makes a drop off at the Hotel Olcott at 27 West 72nd Street.

Forgotten Ruins in Dobbs Ferry

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

At first glance, it would be hard to figure out what a bland modern nursing home in the Hudson Valley has to do with haunting, castle-like ruins.

Your Building in 1940

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

Between 1939 and 1941, the City of New York took a 35-mm black-and-white picture of every single building. Every single building. In all five boroughs.

A Visit to Castle Rock

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

You may have seen it from the road in Garrison, NY: a fairy tale-like castle poking out from the trees at the top of a mountain. It may have been L. Frank Baum's inspiration for the castle in the Wizard of Oz.

The Anunciator Box

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

I was on a shoot in an amazing 100+ year-old mansion in Long Island. In the hallway leading from the dining room to the kitchen, I noticed something on the wall near the butler's pantry.

A Closer Look at the PS 110 Owls

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

I notice the owls every time I cross the Williamsburg Bridge. As it happens, the principal of the school saw my previous post and generously invited me to visit the roof. I took a ton of pictures.

New York, You've Changed: Taxi Driver (Part 1)

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

Finding the locations used in Taxi Driver turned out to be incredibly difficult; the film documents a city that has since been demolished, rebuilt, spit-shined, and stamped with a seal of approval.

The Mysterious Stonehenge on West 22nd Street

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

I was walking north of 21st Street on Tenth Avenue when I noticed something odd: A pair of stones, each about three feet high and set into the concrete.

The Secret Bowling Alley

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

A hidden Prohibition-era bowling alley? In Queens? Yes, I'm definitely interested. I took a trip to see it today -- just incredible.

New York, You've Changed: Taxi Driver, Part III

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

I don't look back nostalgically on the grittier New York of the late 1970s. As I never experienced it first hand, I believe it's dangerous and naive to romanticize something the city has worked to rise up from.

The Smallest Church in Manhattan

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

On a firehouse, I saw something peeking from behind a light...the tiniest church in Nolita!

Local & Interstate Moving & Storage

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

I was scouting recently in northern Long Island and happened to drive by this old moving/storage company garage sign.

Halloween in NY: Rosemary's Baby

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

Polanski brilliantly uses the city to induce a heavy sense of claustrophobia: despite being in such a teeming metropolis, Rosemary is trapped for most of the film in the her dusty old apartment.

Teaser: Guess the Movie!

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

Nearly every location in my new film subject has been demolished or completely renovated since the movie was made over 30 years ago.