New York History We Did Not Know

Early on the foggy Saturday morning of July 28th, 1945, a U.S. Army B-25 bomber on its way to Newark Airport crashed directly into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building. The building reopened two days later.

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A Bat is Carved From Wood, and Dodger Stadium is Carved From a Mountain


The story behind the building of that old ballpark in Chavez Ravine.



The New Must-Have for Luxury Buildings: Graffiti by Elizabeth Greenspan

Graffiti is used to sell lots of things, of course. In the nineties, Nike and Coca-Cola began hiring well-known graffiti artists to paint large-scale murals and to help design advertising campaigns targeted at young people. Other industries—fashion, vodka, fast food—followed. But the real-estate industry’s use of graffiti is different; after all, taggers don’t vandalize sneakers. Historically, property owners and developers have tended to consider graffiti a sign of decay that lowers property values. But that was before people started finding grittiness really cool.



The Fifth Pillar: A Case for Hip-Hop Architecture by Sekou Cooke

Captive Landscapes

A series by Daniel Kukla involving the interior environments for animals at 12 different zoos across the U.S and Europe.

Fantasy Rooms

An imaginative site dedicated to collaging interiors

B.A.S.E. Jumping the Freedom Tower

Fast forward to around 2:25

Virtually Letting Nature Take Over


Urban Jungle Street View is a google street view hack that turns any place into a tropical environment.

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Colonizing The Ocean


As populations increase and water levels rise, some engineers are looking out to that great blue expanse as the next frontier.

No Soup For You!


The Ace Hotel is taking their upscale flophouse vibe to the next level after paying $30 million for The Salvation Army Chinatown Shelter, which sits right next to the Bowery Mission.

The Museum at the Center of the World

21st Century Birdwatching


The Riverlands Avian Observatory was designed by Cobalt Office in collaboration with the Audubon Society, the US Army Corps of Engineer, and select students from the Sam Fox School of Design at Washington University in St. Louis. Designed to camouflage visitors to the observatory and not the structure itself, the Riverlands Avian Observatory features a rippling facade of brown and black aluminum, with strategically placed window slits that hide birdwatchers in the shadows.

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