Monthly Archives: September 2012

Can You Identify These NYC Filming Locations?

OK, I give up – I’ve been staring at these two film stills for way too long, and I just can’t figure out where they are. Can you help?? This first shot looks so damn familiar, and yet I can’t place it. At first, I thought it was a Grand Central entrance, but nothing matches. Then I thought it might ... Read More »

The Last Dirt Road In Manhattan


The other day, I was out scouting alleys, and decided to take a walk up to Broadway Alley, which runs from East 26th – 27th between Lex & 3rd. Broadway Alley doesn’t get much filming*, but I figured I’d take some pictures and see what the current status was. Broadway Alley has a pretty great alley look, with crumbling, grime-covered ... Read More »

Scouting NY on the BBC!


I recently gave a tour of some of my favorite hidden NYC locations for the BBC’s First Person series. I’m sure these are familiar to you frequent readers, but they’re all still favorites of mine, and it was fun to revisit them all in one day. Enjoy! BBC: Location Scout’s Guide To New York -SCOUT Read More »

Amongst The Stars At The Top Of The Chrysler Building

The 71st floor observatory of the Chrysler Building, circa 1930. Wow: Opened in 1930, the observatory featured a solar system motif, complete with a starburst roof and planet-like lamps. The observatory closed in 1945, and was gutted sometime later. More pictures here; sad pictures of the upper floors in an abandoned state here (also since gutted). Weekend discussion: what modern ... Read More »

The Adventure of Travel


In my post on Bloomingdale’s Le Train Blue restaurant, I mentioned how much I love old travel advertising. To me, vintage travel ads were about the adventure of travel, about the mysteries and romance waiting for you at just the cost of a ticket, and how getting somewhere was part of the experience. Whereas today’s advertising is all about how ... Read More »

The Secret Train Car in Bloomingdale’s


The other day, I was searching for restaurants around midtown when something came up on my phone that seemed too good to be true. I headed into Bloomingdale’s… …Passed through clothing floor after clothing floor… …Got lost… …Somehow found myself in housewares on the fifth floor… …and finally, found this staircase: I started up the stairs… …and arrived at the ... Read More »

A Fountain In Salem, And A Note About Preservation

A ton of people retweeted/Facebooked my post about Express taking over 1552 Broadway, and I can’t thank you enough. There’s no question the message was received by the right people – let’s hope they listen. But this sort of situation isn’t unique to New York. Chances are, there’s a concerned group of citizens desperately trying to save something right now ... Read More »