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Exploring the Abandoned Pfizer Chemical Plant in Brooklyn

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2011 | 10:49 AM

In 1849, Pfizer, the largest pharmaceutical company in the world, was founded in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn...


Over 160 years later, the plant was finally closed for good.

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The Abandoned Palace at 5 Beekman Street

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2010 | 2:18 PM

I'm thrilled to announce that, after a little vacation, the pictures are back, and this time, they're here to stay (plus a bunch of new ones to boot!). Be sure to join the Facebook fanpage here to keep up to date on the latest 5 Beekman news! And for...

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The Complete New York City Horror Movie Marathon!

(6) Comments | Posted October 29, 2010 | 9:29 AM

Not going to the Village Parade? Staying in for Halloween this year? Why not put together a mini-marathon of scary movies set in New York!

Below, I've put together a (nearly) complete list of the best and worst New York horror movies, listed in no particular...

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Happy Halloween From Scouting NY!

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2010 | 9:24 AM


If you're in New York this weekend, definitely try to make it to the annual Village Halloween Parade on Sunday night, one of the best city events of the year.

The Village Halloween Parade...

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Halloween Is Not Gang Initiation Night!!!

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2010 | 9:22 AM

Quick note: every year, I get a bunch of fowarded emails from readers warning me that Halloween is the dreaded "gang initiation night!" I've seen a bunch of variations on what exactly will happen, including:

  • Gang members will be driving a silver SUV and have to kill...

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Open House New York: Exploring the (Nearly!) Empty Post Office Building on 8th Ave

(5) Comments | Posted October 5, 2010 | 10:34 AM

On October 9th & 10th, over 350 sites, tours, and events will be made available to the public free for the annual Open House New York program. Open House New York is...well, an open house of New York City! A ton of fantastic options are being offered...

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The Queens Cab Stand Jungle

(1) Comments | Posted September 27, 2010 | 11:15 AM

I swear I've gone by the Yakuel cab stand on 12th Street and the Queensboro Bridge a million times without ever looking inside.


Other than the bright new paint job and the...

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Could Doomed Coney Island Bank Become a Ballroom?

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 1:30 PM

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the impending demise of several Coney Island structures, including the abandoned Coney Island Bank (interior pictures here). While I love the building, I can understand how some might have trouble imagining what could be done to rejuvenate it...

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That Abandoned Rooftop Greenhouse on 60th? It's Being Torn Down

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 10:08 AM

From the ground, you'd never know there was anything special about the building at 409 East 60th Street...


...but, as anyone who's ever walked across the Queensboro Bridge knows, it has a...

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1920s Atlantic City in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2010 | 10:06 AM

After watching the premiere of Boardwalk Empire last night, I was really excited to check out the Atlantic City set for myself, which was built in a parking lot in northern Greenpoint. A locations friend who lives in GP pointed me to a vacant lot on Commercial Street and Clay...

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Tearing Down Garden City

(15) Comments | Posted September 13, 2010 | 11:39 AM

Over the past few months, I've been getting letters from readers about an abandoned school in Garden City, Long Island, called St. Paul's, on the verge of being demolished. Last Friday, I hopped on the train with my bike and camera to have a look for myself.

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The Forgotten Cemetery at Home Depot

(2) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 2:10 PM

The Jericho Turnpike, cutting east-west through Long Island, is pretty much a wasteland of strip malls, corporate office parks, and fast food chains...


...and the last place you'd expect to find anything of historical...
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Pocket Change

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2010 | 9:11 AM

Do me a favor and stick with this post til the end if you can.

This is 126 Sterling Place in Park Slope. Most likely, you've never paid much attention to it...


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Scouting the Occult in Brooklyn

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2010 | 11:01 PM

On two different movies I've scouted for recently, I was asked to find a genuine "occult store." Of course, by occult, they actually mean cliched movie magic shop ala the curio shop in Gremlins.


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Forgotten Storefronts in Williamsburg

(3) Comments | Posted June 1, 2010 | 8:41 AM

I'm always on the lookout for the remnants of old storefronts. You can pretty much find them in any residential area that has gone through a period of economic decline, and Williamsburg is no exception. One in particular I've always wondered about is at the corner of North...

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The Most Famous Classroom in New York City

(1) Comments | Posted May 26, 2010 | 11:36 PM

If you believe Hollywood, every single college lecture hall in New York City looks like the one below:


Rows of individual wooden desks and tiered seating...

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The Pigeon Man of Delancey Street

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2010 | 1:34 AM

I saw the coolest thing as I was driving over the Williamsburg Bridge the other day...


Above this building at the end of Delancey Street...

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The Animal Building on East 67th Street

(3) Comments | Posted May 19, 2010 | 1:44 AM

I was walking past this art deco apartment building on East 67th Street yesterday...


...when I noticed a series of really neat animal designs surrounding this side entrance.

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At Least One New Yorker Likes the New Plates

(6) Comments | Posted May 12, 2010 | 9:52 AM

I really really love the new New York license plate.

(note: the actual plate is more metallic and sparkly,
not flat like the DMV's Photoshop version above

I've read a...

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A Mad Look At 225 Lafayette Street

(8) Comments | Posted May 3, 2010 | 5:06 PM

You've probably passed 225 Lafayette Street at the corner of Spring Street in Soho a zillion times in your travels and not thought much of it. Built in 1909, it was converted to condos in 1988; a typical unit now goes for over $1.5 million. The ground floor...

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