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NYC Skyline Chess Set

NYC Skyline Chess Set

From the Empire State Building to the Flatiron to the Freedom Tower, the New York City skyline is iconic and imposing. Celebrate your love for the Big Apple’s architecture with Ian Flood and Chris Prosser’s skyline chess set, which includes 32 buildings, made from heavyweight acrylic, along with a folding game board.

East River Flyover

East River Flyover

The Thunderbirds and Blue Angels paid tribute to America’s healthcare workers and first-responders with an awe-inspiring flyover of New York City. While piloting Thunderbird 2, Major Trevor Aldridge captured this amazing footage out of his cockpit as they flew along the East River.

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Typologies of New York City

Typologies of New York City

Sam Morrison’s crowdsourced video aims to answer the the questions: “What happens when everything in the world has been photographed? From multiple angles, multiple times per day?” He created the clip by collecting Instagram photos of the same subject or location, then by piecing them together into a cohesive hyperlapse.

Pedestrian Horn

Pedestrian Horn

Apparently tired of the crowded streets of New York City, Yosef Lerner decided to make himself something that would clear the way for his stroll – a portable car horn that he can honk whenever someone gets in his way. We love when he uses it to beep at turning cars.

Sir Duke (on a Train)

Sir Duke (on a Train)

We can feel it all over. One of the funkiest songs ever written has got to be Stevie Wonder’s Sir Duke. Recently, the members of the the artist collective known as Apartment Sessions turned in a rousing, appropriately brass-heavy performance of the track on NYC’s J Train, lead off by the soulful lead vocals of Aneesa Folds.

Treasures in the Trash

Treasures in the Trash

While many of the things we throw away are garbage, once in a while, there’s something of value. During his 34 years on the job, New York sanitation worker Nelson Molina collected items along his route, amassing a collection of over 45,000 items. Nicolas Heller’s documentary offers a profile of the man and his private museum of treasure.

Freezing New York City

Freezing New York City

Some high-end mobile phones have support for slow-motion recording at frame rates up to 960 fps. GlenMakes turned the camera lens of his Galaxy S10 towards the normally action-packed streets of New York City while moving through traffic, and the super slow-mo makes it look like the entire city has been frozen in time.

Upside-down over NYC

Upside-down over NYC

We always though helicopters weren’t designed to fly upside-down, but Red Bull Air Force pilot Aaron Fitzgerald proved that wrong as he performed a variety of insane helicopter flips, barrel rolls, and nosedives over the Big Apple.

NYC Layer-Lapse

NYC Layer-Lapse

Photographer Julian Tryba shot multiple time-lapses of New York City at different times of day, then layered them together to create a new version of Manhattan where day and night are one. It took him over 350 hours of filming to capture a total of 232,000 photos.

1945 “Dashcam” Footage

1945 “Dashcam” Footage

These days, millions of cars are equipped with dashcams to record incidents on the road. But check out this black and white film footage from a camera mounted first on the front, then on the rear of a car as it drives through Manhattan more than 70 years ago.

Fake Apple Store Prank

Fake Apple Store Prank

The pranksters at Improv Everywhere took advantage of Apple’s NYC glass cube store’s renovations to set up shop in another glass structure, the elevator shaft to the 23rd Street subway station, complete with throngs of fake employees and a line for the iPhone X.

A Taste of New York

A Taste of New York

FilmSpektakel presents a bonkers hyperlapse video of New York City shot via helicopter, taxicab, on foot, and using a variety of cameras and rigs. Assembled from about about 65,000 photos, the fast-moving imagery is a perfect reflection of the city’s on-the-go lifestyle.

Boundless Brooklyn Model Kits

Boundless Brooklyn Model Kits

Desktop sculptures you build from recycled chipboard. They come in a variety of familiar forms, from those water towers on top of buildings, to a mailbox, billboard, and our personal fave, the halfpipe. They’re paintable, and also come in awesome artist editions.

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240 Green Lights

240 Green Lights

A while back, we watched a guy with perfect timing hit 55 green lights in a row in NYC. Now, driver Noah Forman has smashed that feat, driving through an insane 240 intersections with traffic lights without a single stop. Somebody needs to turn this into a video game.

illusion

illusion

Claire & Max’s short film envisions New York City as a giant movie set, its buildings replaced by thin facades of themselves with the help of some super trippy visual effects. Though we’re pretty sure we’ve seen this somewhere before.

NYC Flow

NYC Flow

Digital artist Danil Krivoruchko used slow-mo footage captured on an iPhone, then ran it through a post-processing algorithm which transformed New York City into a sort of living watercolor painting. You can grab the rendering code he used on GitHub. Source footage here.

Man on Spire

Man on Spire

The New York Times Magazine enlisted photographer Jimmy Chin and safety expert Jamison Walsh to climb to the tippy top of the spire on Manhattan’s 1 World Trade Center, and shared this eye-popping 360º video of the journey. We only wish the video were longer.

Snowboarding in NYC

Snowboarding in NYC

Casey Neistat and Jesse Wellens of BGvsGF counted on the recent snowstorm to dump tons of powder on New York City so they could pull off this film. The whole thing is surreal. The behind-the-scenes is equally entertaining.

Milkshake Squirrel

Milkshake Squirrel

We think of New York City as being crowded with humans, but the city is teeming with critters too, and they’ve gotta eat. We’ve already seen a rat trying to take home a slice of pizza, and now we’ve got a squirrel who has a thing for Shake Shack.

Nigel Sylvester: GO! NYC

Nigel Sylvester: GO! NYC

BMX rider Nigel Sylvester takes us on a breakneck ride through New York City, offering an enveloping first-person perspective of the Big Apple. The audio mix is just as impressive as the visuals. And yes, that was Jackie Cruz from Orange Is the New Black. (Thanks, Flex!)

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NoMad Playing Cards

NoMad Playing Cards

Inspired by architectural elements of New York City’s NoMad Hotel, these gorgeous bespoke playing cards from Theory11 have a distressed look, and intricate line-art jokers. Each box is gold embossed and has a State of New York seal.

The Subway Spa

The Subway Spa

For Improv Everywhere’s latest urban prank, they took advantage of the humid and oppressive Summer heat in a NYC subway station to turn it into a spa, complete with sauna and massage tables. We can imagine no place less relaxing.

Obscure NYC Neighborhoods

Obscure NYC Neighborhoods

(NSFW: Language) New York City is packed with dozens of neighborhoods, each with its own unique charm and character. Slacktory’s Nick Douglas takes us on a walking tour of areas even seasoned New Yorkers have never heard of.

Living Moments

Living Moments

For a recent promo clip for Nokia and Microsoft, filmmaker Paul Trillo built a custom 50-camera rig that used 50 Lumia 1020 smartphones to capture life in New York city from a unique perspective. See how they did it here.

55 Green Lights

55 Green Lights

We can barely catch two green lights in a row, but driver Tim Burke managed to take advantage of New York City’s timed traffic grid in the wee hours of the morning, and caught an astounding 55 lights in a row. Now try this at rush hour.

Snowboarding NYC

Snowboarding NYC

Another day, another snowstorm on the East Coast. Doing his best to make lemonade from New York City’s snow-covered lemons, Casey Neistat decided to bust out his snowboard and take it for a little ride through the slush.

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