Author Archives: Scout

The Strange Little Building Next To The Empire State Building

Last week, I was scouting around midtown when I happened to notice the building at 34th Street and Fifth Avenue… Er, make that the building next to the building at 34th Street and Fifth Avenue: For the longest time, 22 West 34th Street has confused the hell out of me. How did this incredibly strange little structure come to be ... Read More »

The Sightseer’s Guide to Being Stuck in Traffic on I-87

Over the past week, I’ve been taking I-87 North to scout in Rockland County… …which means I’ve spent about an hour each day stuck in this: As anyone who travels it regularly knows, I-87 can be a hellhole of traffic due to the unholy convergence of multiple interstates and local bridges in the most inopportune way imaginable. That said, I ... Read More »

The Ramones Guide To New York City

Walk down East 2nd Street off of Bowery, and you’ll pass by Albert’s Garden, a small community garden midway up the block. If you happen to visit on a day when the gates are open, head inside and you’ll find a beautiful little East Village oasis maintained by local volunteers. But for something particularly special, hang a left when you ... Read More »

Where To Find The Best Water on the Planet (Hint: Brooklyn)

Hi folks – really exciting announcement today. Over the years, I’ve been approached by numerous NYC-based start-ups looking for a branding partnership with Scouting NY. And, to date, I’ve turned down every single one. It’s not that I’m against the idea in principle, it’s just that that all have wanted me to vouch for their “Made in NYC” quality – ... Read More »

Why Director Randall Miller’s Statement on Sarah Jones’ Death Is Absolutely Grotesque

Last February, camera assistant Sarah Jones was tragically hit by a train and killed while working on the set of director Randall Miller’s film Midnight Rider in Georgia. Despite the fact that Miller had expressly been denied permission to use the train trestle by the tracks’ owners, he went ahead with the shoot regardless. Earlier this month, Miller accepted a ... Read More »