Monthly Archives: March 2010

Scouting an Abandoned Hotel in Southern California


Whenever I see a sign like the one below hanging outside of an abandoned property, I immediately feel an intense desire to get inside. When such a sign is hanging outside a hotel built in the early 1900′s in Southern California that has been boarded up since 1939, that urge goes through the roof. Let me repeat: has been boarded ... Read More »

Inside the Clocktower


When it was completed in 1909, the original Met-Life headquarters at 5 Madison Ave was the tallest building in the world. (thanks for sharing the pic, edenpictures!) Though it lost the title in 1913 to the Woolworth, the Clocktower Building has been an integral part of the Manhattan skyline ever since. Personally, it’s my favorite illuminated rooftop: (thanks for sharing ... Read More »

They’re Watching You Above Madison Square Park


Note: This exhibition is now over. There’s a really great new art installation in and around Madison Square Park… …which serves as a reminder that you should stop worrying about looking like a tourist… …and look up once in a while. Antony Gormley’s installation Event Horizon hit the media this past week, as news outlets spread the word that the ... Read More »

Owls With Glowing Eyes in Herald Square


I took this picture of Herald Square (6th Ave btw. 34th & 35th) this morning at about 6:45. A second later, I took the following picture. See if you can pick out the difference. Hint: the change is only a few pixels in size. If you noticed it, no, you’re not going crazy. Let’s get a bit closer.  Perched on ... Read More »

Chinatown’s “Bloody Angle” – A Trip Down Doyers Street


Pell Street is one of those iconic Chinatown blocks that filmmakers love to shoot on. Short and narrow, lined with brick apartment buildings, small storefronts, and an abundance of awnings and flags, the abrupt end at Mott Street gives it a sense of intimacy. While Pell Street is certainly one of Chinatown’s most iconic, one of my all time favorite ... Read More »

Friday Wrap-Up: Still Eating Brains?, Some Young Guy, and More


Friday’s finally here, and it’s time for another wrap-up of various odds and ends from a week in scouting. First, I was checking out a rooftop in the East Village when I noticed this interesting ice formation from the drain… …which, if you look at it from the right angle, looks like a very sinister Edward Gorey-like bird… It’s a ... Read More »

The Most Impressive-Looking Sex Shop in Manhattan


It’s one of those archetypal New York scenes: a squat, three-story building dwarfed on all sides by towering skyscrapers, the little building that could. Except, this little building happens to house a sex shop. Or at least, it did. I shot pictures of this beautiful art nouveau building at 38th Street & 8th Ave with the intention of arguing its ... Read More »

The Cutest Little House in Brooklyn


Just wanted to share a building with you that really made my day while out scouting recently. I was searching around the elevated JMZ train in Bushwick recently, and happened to turn down Belvidere Street. Mainly lined with ugly, aluminum siding-clad squat buildings, one structure in particular seemed completely out of place on the street… This incredible building, which appears ... Read More »

A Closer Look at the Chanin Building


Chances are, when looking at the Chanin Building at the corner of 42nd and Lex… (picture credits: Emilio Guerra) …You’ve probably noticed the incredible friezes running the perimeter of the building, both in terra-cotta and bronze: (picture credits: Emilio Guerra) If you’ve never seen them, I highly recommend taking a moment to stare next time you come out of Grand ... Read More »