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New York City Firehouse Actually Has A Pet Dalmatian!

I was driving down Houston the other day when a firetruck raced by, sirens blazing… Nothing unusual about that. But, just as it turned onto Broadway, something caught my eye: was that a dalmatian hanging its head out the window??? Seriously?? I’ve always assumed the firehouse dalmatian was the sort of thing you only find in Norman Rockwell paintings and ... Read More »

Exploring The Abandoned McKittrick Hotel on West 27th Street

Since I became a location scout, it’s been my dream to get into the old McKittrick Hotel at 530 West 27th Street. Built in 1939, the McKittrick Hotel is said to have been one of New York City’s finest, providing lavish accommodations on a far more intimate level than larger hotels like the Waldorf~Astoria or Plaza Hotel could manage. Before ... Read More »

Abandoned on the Palisades: The Ruins of Cliffdale Manor

For the past couple weeks, I’ve been scouting the Rockland County area, and every time I drive the Palisades  north… …I notice this strange castle-like structure whiz past out my window: Clearly the ruins of something, it kept bugging me each time I drove by until finally, I had to stop and figure out what it was. I found a ... Read More »

The Coolest Locksmith Shop in New York City

Chances are, you’ve noticed Greenwich Locksmiths in your travels through the West Village. It occupies a small storefront just south of Commerce Street on one of the stranger parcels of land in Manhattan… And though it’s been in business since 1968, it really hasn’t changed all that much. Compare the recent picture above to one taken in the 1980’s… Then, ... Read More »

The 150-Foot Hole in Park Avenue

“Hi scoutingny! I don’t know if this would interest to you, but it is definitely unique, and should experienced at night, because you can’t see it during the day.” “On the west side of the Park Avenue sidewalk, between 36th and 37th street there is a small construction crew. I don’t know what they are working on, but I’m pretty ... Read More »

Exploring The (Nearly!) Empty Post Office Building On 8th Ave

The 8th Avenue Post Office is extremely film friendly – shoot me an email for details at nycscout@gmail.com! On October 9th & 10th, 2010, over 350 sites, tours, and events were made available to the public FREE for the annual Open House New York program. Open House New York is…well, an open house of New York City! A ton of ... Read More »

Pocket Change – A Plane Crash In Brooklyn

This is 126 Sterling Place in Park Slope. Most likely, you’ve never paid much attention to it… …and if you have, chances are you haven’t noticed the that the bricks on the upper levels don’t match the rest of the building. While it might seem like a trivial detail, this is pretty much the only clue that the area once ... Read More »