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New York

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.

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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
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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.

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!)

NoMad Playing Cards

NoMad Playing Cards
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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.

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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.

The Smallest Museum

The Smallest Museum

While you could go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art or MoMA, if you’re looking for a NYC museum you can get through in minutes, not hours, check out Museum, a tiny Chinatown exhibit space featuring everyday curiosities.

NYC Trumpet Player

NYC Trumpet Player

(NSFW: Language) Ah, Gotham. If you can make it here, you’ll make it anywhere. Or get lambasted by a random stranger while practicing your musical instrument. This is why we love New York. (Thanks Disco Chicken!)

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Man on an Edge

Man on an Edge

The New York Times introduces us to Brent Weingard, a professional window cleaner who’s been hanging precariously from the sides of buildings for more than 35 years. And yes, he does worry about dropping stuff on us.

First Flight of the Phantom

First Flight of the Phantom

Filmmaker Nicolas Doldinger captured this awesomely smooth fly-over footage around New York City using his GoPro Hero3 camera, attached to a Zenmuse H3-SD Gimbal mounted to a DJI Phantom quadcopter. We want more.

Talk Show Subway Car

Talk Show Subway Car

Improv Everywhere confuses and amuses New York Subway passengers once again, this time setting up a late night talk show on a random subway car. Though it might have been more entertaining without pants.

Final Segment: One WTC

Final Segment: One WTC

The final (and highest) piece on the One World Trade Center building was recently installed and recorded in this inspiring, yet vertiginous video shot with a GoPro camera. It’s nine minutes-long, but the views are amazing.

New York Day

New York Day

We like Samuel Orr’s four minute time-lapse because 1) the film was dynamically distilled from 100,000+ photos; and, frankly, 2) it’s fun to see 24 hours unfold in the greatest city in the world.

NYC Subway Skate Deck

NYC Subway Skate Deck
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Belief’s clever skate deck is decorated to look like a New York subway car, and includes a marker and stickers you can use to tag it with your own custom graffiti – without fear of the MTA cops.

Sandy on Bikes

Sandy on Bikes

Casey Neistat shot this eye-opening video of the devastation by riding bikes around NYC right in the midst of last week’s monster storm. He had to edit it at a Starbucks due to the power outage.

F1 Lincoln Tunnel Full Run

F1 Lincoln Tunnel Full Run

As Red Bull promised, here is footage of David Coulthard driving through the 1.5mi Lincoln Tunnel from the New Jersey side to New York and back in an F1 car. It sounded like gigantic mosquitoes.

Speeding through Lincoln Tunnel

Speeding through Lincoln Tunnel

Every time we’ve been through NYC’s Lincoln Tunnel, it’s a parking lot, so we can only imagine that F1 driver David Coulthard sped through in the middle of the night when he hit it at 190mph.

One Bad Step

One Bad Step

New York’s 36 Street Subway Station is like any other big city underground stop – except for one thing – its staircase has one wonky step that’s tiny bit taller than the rest, making everyone trip on it.

One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center

A time-lapse look back at the last 7 years of construction of the new tower at One World Trade Center as it starts from nothing and just this week became the tallest building in New York.

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