Commentary

Ladder 20’s Firehouse Dalmatian Has Passed On

Four years ago, I wrote a post about a fire truck that happened to pass me on Houston. A normal occurrence, except for one odd detail: this one had a dalmatian hanging out the window. I couldn’t believe it – I’d always assumed the firehouse dalmatian to be the sort of thing confined to Norman Rockwell paintings, but here it ... Read More »

Why Scouting NY Is Coming To An End

Dear Scouting NY reader, About a decade ago, I was hired to work on my first movie. Yep, that’s me on set in my very first job in locations, and though I look quite elated to be wearing that ridiculous hardhat, I was actually feeling extremely scared when this picture was taken, for one simple reason: I had absolutely no ... Read More »

Dark Americana: An Introduction To The Work of Artist Andrew Carr

This week, I’m taking a break from the usual Scouting NY fare to introduce you to an extremely talented and as-yet unrecognized artist named Andrew Carr (who also happens to be my brother). An artist in formal training since early childhood, Andrew has spent the last decade building up his portfolio, producing literally thousands of pieces while also working on ... 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 »

Why You Should Never, Ever Go To New York City’s Hudson University

When you first enter Hudson University’s idyllic campus, you’d never know you’re in one of the deadliest and most dangerous places in New York City. You might instead find yourself admiring the gorgeous architecture, which oddly seems to change style at every turn… …from the red brick Romanesque Revival-style administration building… …to the Gothic Revival dining hall… …to the very ... Read More »

The Top 25 Bad Smells That Remind You You’re In New York City

This past December, as I was driving over the Triboro Bridge toward Brooklyn, I was suddenly hit with that old familiar Triboro fragrance, best described as “week-old beef with broccoli.” To me, catching that whiff just after going through the tolls is usually the first olfactory sign I’ve arrived in New York City. I posted this observation on Facebook/Twitter, and ... Read More »

Can You Help Scout Find This Chinatown Brothel?

So I know this an unusual request, but I’m wondering if anyone can help me track down a Chinatown brothel. Er, let me explain. Way back in 2004, I’d just graduated from college and was scouring Craiglist for apartments when I came across a cheap room for rent in Chinatown – just $700 or so in what was described as ... Read More »

Tour The Incredible Valencia Movie Palace This Saturday!!

Just received word that the Tabernacle of Prayer church will be offering a rare tour of the unbelievable Valencia movie palace (read my full post here) THIS SATURDAY, September 27th, at 11am. My advice? YOU SHOULD GO! Tours are by appointment only – contact Sister Forbes at 718-657-4210 ext. 20 to sign up and for further details. The tour is ... Read More »

Is Duane Reade New York’s Most Expensive Drugstore?

It’s time to have a little talk about Duane Reade. For the longest time, something has been nagging me about the prices at Duane Reade. It’s almost like everything is more expensive than it should be, but not too expensive that you’ll really take the time to think about shopping somewhere else. Then, a few months ago, after my local ... Read More »

101 Things To Love About NYC (in 1976)

While researching my recent article on Dead Horse Bay, I happened to come across a NY Times article on 101 things to love about New York City. Normally, I don’t pay any attention to Best Of lists, but this one caught my eye because it was written in 1976. I think it’s the oldest one I’ve ever seen. I thought ... Read More »