Hidden Surprises

A Secret World on the Upper West Side: A Trip Down Pomander Walk

When you first turn onto West 95th Street from Broadway, it seems like pretty much any Upper West Side block: a few apartment buildings, some fire escapes, a tree or two…Nothing in particular to catch the eye. In fact, I’m not even sure how many trips down the street it took before I finally noticed the gate. At first glance, ... Read More »

Stumbling Upon An Underground River In Manhattan

For the longest time, I’ve been fascinated by the fact that underground rivers are said to flow deep below Manhattan, many following the same path they’ve taken for hundreds of years. And, the other day, while scouting for evil villain lairs, I finally got to see one for myself. 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 »

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 Golden Elevator In Prospect Park South

I always enjoy scouting apartment buildings around the Prospect Park South area. They don’t look especially interesting from the outside… …but you’d be amazed at how many have an almost regal tone to their lobbies. Sadly, most of them are pretty run down, but the details often persist, and every once in a while, you come across one in really ... Read More »

The Secret Pool In The Woolworth Building

Recently, I had the pleasure of scouting the Woolworth Building, which, as far as I’m concerned, is as close as you can come to visiting a royal palace in New York. From its towering vaulted ceilings… …covered in unbelievably ornate mosaics… Read More »

A Surprise In The Freight Entrance

Last Friday, I was walking down West 37th Street off of Eight Avenue when I happened to pass by this freight entrance (you can see a man wheeling something out of it below). There are a zillion unremarkable freight elevator entrances on 37th Street, and normally I wouldn’t look twice… But something caught my eye about this one… Read More »