Tag Archives: Manhattan

The Death of Theatre Alley

Nothing annoys me more than scouting New York for an Ext. Dank Alley scene. For some reason (probably because of the movies!), everyone thinks of Manhattan as a city riddled with dark, grungy, dilapidated, smokey alleys that New Yorkers are constantly walking down and getting themselves into trouble in. The truth is, of course, that Manhattan actually has very few ... Read More »

Abandoned on East 43rd Street

Each time I walk down East 43rd Street, I expect it to have been torn down: A beautiful Italianate marble building, 4 East 43rd Street has to be one of the few abandoned properties in Midtown. Nestled in amongst the skyscrapers adjacent to Grand Central, it has been decaying since I began my location scouting career over four years ago. ... Read More »

The Case of the Missing Church Half

Walking west on 12th Street from 3rd Ave, you probably wouldn’t give it a second glance: a stone church located midway down the block. Coming from the opposite direction, however, you might notice something decidedly wrong with it. In short, the church has no…church. While this isn’t a secret to most New Yorkers, the remnants of St. Ann’s Church is ... Read More »

The Mysterious Stonehenge on West 22nd Street

I was walking north of 21st Street on Tenth Avenue when I noticed something odd… …A pair of stones, each about three feet high and set into the concrete. Strange, and none of the surrounding establishments (an auto repair place, a restaurant) seemed associated with them. I turned onto West 22nd Street and found that there were quite a few ... Read More »

The Scouting NY Tourist Guide To The Big Apple

Dear Scout – Love your site! I’ll be visiting Manhattan for the first time in a few weeks, but I’ll only be in town for a few days. Can you offer any advice on what to see/do in my short time there? Thanks! – A Frequent Reader Every week, I receive a number of emails asking what I’d recommend covering ... Read More »

LEGOizing NY

Almost a year ago, I wrote a post about my favorite building in midtown, this chopped-in-half brownstone at 19 W 46th Street. The other day, I got a note that a Lego fan had built a Lego version of the building based on my pictures! Great job! Most of the time, a building this quirky would be the imaginative creation ... Read More »

45 Years Late to the World’s Fair

By the time I got there, it was gone. The World’s Fair, you ask? Nope. I am referring to something far more unbelievable… That’s right: Queens once had an honest-to-God Parks Department-approved fountain named “Fountain of the Planet of the Apes.” And if that’s not odd enough, an identical fountain on the opposite side of the Queens Zoo was named ... Read More »

The Abandoned Farm Cemetery in Queens

Staring down 54th Street from 31st Ave in Woodside, Queens, a street lined with boxy brick apartments and a scant bit of foliage, one would not expect to find one of the oldest cemeteries in New York nestled in amongst the buildings… But there it is, halfway down the block: the Moore-Jackson Cemetery, founded in 1733 (276 years ago) and ... Read More »

The Hidden Cemetery on Second Avenue

I must have walked past the entrance to Marble Cemetery on Second Ave (btw. 2nd & 3rd Sts.) countless times before I first noticed its existence (and I’m guessing I’m not the only one). Sandwiched between two buildings is this iron gate (technically 41 1/2 Second Ave), which is locked 99% of the year. Even if you notice the sign, ... Read More »

A Closer Look at the PS 110 Owls

A few weeks ago, I wrote about PS 110, an elementary school located just south of the Williamsburg Bridge… …whose roof is lined with a number of really great stone owls (a parliament of owls, to use the correct phrasing!). I notice the owls every time I cross the Williamsburg Bridge, and I mentioned in the post that I’d love ... Read More »