Monthly Archives: August 2011

Artificial Legs on Livingston Street


I was walking to pick up a fire hydrant permit in Brooklyn yesterday when I noticed a really interesting ghost sign on the side of 208 Livingston Street: For anyone unfamiliar with the term, a “ghost sign” is an ad for a company that no longer exists. This one is an ad for a company called Pomeroy, and it was ... Read More »

What Will New Yorkers Be Eating As Hurricane Irene Passes Over?
A Special Scouting NY Eyewitness Report! – Updated!


What do New Yorkers eat during crisis situations? A fascinating question. While I was hoping to avoid supermarkets due to the hordes of New Yorkers snatching up every last item like the apocalypse is at hand, my Saturday night Hurricane Irene Survival Fiesta unfortunately necessitated a trip to not one but two local groceries. Here’s what I learned: Read More »

Warning Sign of the Day

What do spaceships & bowling alleys have in common?¬†They’re probably the only two places you’re likely to a find a sign like this: Sadly, this was taken in a bowling alley. -SCOUT Read More »

Most Valuable New York Local Affairs Blogger??

Forget that Oscar dream – I’ve been nominated for the CBS 2011 Most Valuable New York Blogger Awards!¬† Sweet! Specifically, I’m in the Local Affairs category, and if you happen to feel I am indeed New York’s Most Valuable Local Affairs Blogger, you can vote for me here. In fact, if you really think I’m New York’s Most Valuable Local ... Read More »

Summer Reading: How To Make A Movie


Sure, Duane Reade already has the Halloween decorations out, but there are still a few weeks left to summer yet, and plenty of time to clock in at least one or two more summer reads. If you happen to be looking for a last minute recommendation, and have ever been curious how movies actually get made, here are a few ... Read More »

The Spaceship Church In Queens


Seeing the blue onion dome from a distance, you’d probably assume St. Nicholas to be your typical Russian church. But take a drive down Clintoneville Ave, and you’ll realize the truth… Someone has landed a spaceship in Queens and disguised it as a Russian Orthodox church. Read More »

An Unholy Union


Driving through Queens today, I saw that McDonalds and Starbucks have finally done the inevitable and fused together into an all-powerful red and yellow-striped latte and hamburger-dispensing mutant hybrid: Resistance is futile! I mean, what force on Earth could possibly stop a complete McStarnolds take over?? I think we’re doomed. -SCOUT Read More »

Back In Time At The Catalina Beach Club


If you’ve ever dreamed of going back in time, forget the DeLorean and simply drive out to Atlantic Beach to visit the Catalina Beach Club. As far as I can tell, time stopped at Catalina one day around 1950 or so… …and the minute hand hasn’t ticked since. And man, is it beautiful. Read More »

Scouting the…US Virgin Islands?

Last December, I wrote about a subway train American Airlines had decked out in beautiful travel photography. The post was pretty popular (apparently finding its way onto some pilots private message board that drove in TONS of traffic – wish I had a log-in so I knew what they were saying!), and a short time later, I got a letter ... Read More »