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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

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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Snack-Man

Snack-Man

(NSFW: Language) A scuffle breaks out between riders on the New York subway when a vigilante hero intervenes to break things up. Is it The Dark Knight? Nope, just some guy and his snack food.

Bike Thief

Bike Thief

In a quest for common decency, Casey Neistat conducts a social experiment by stealing bicycles in broad daylight in the middle of New York City in the hopes that somebody will give a damn.

The Sleeper Car

The Sleeper Car

Improv Everywhere took a break from causing a ruckus with their latest project. They placed beds in a New York subway car for tired commuters and even offered sleep masks and pajamas.

Made by Hand Film Series

Made by Hand Film Series

The Bureau of Common Goods’ fascinating film series Made by Hand features NYC artisans crafting local and sustainable items. This latest piece showcases an urban rooftop beekeeping farmer.

Flying RC People

Flying RC People

Here’s something you don’t see everyday, at least not around here: three human shaped RC planes flying around New York City to create the illusion of people flying, set to a dubstep tune. (Thanks Joe!)

Crime Scene Panoramas

Crime Scene Panoramas

(NSFW: Graphic Images) Since 2009, the Panoscan camera has helped NYPD investigators review evidence details from crime scenes that might have been missed in the hectic hours after the event.

Marble Manhattan

Marble Manhattan

Artist Yutaka Sone carved this incredibly-detailed Manhattan map from a chunk of marble. It measures 104″ x 33″ x 22″, and weighs over 2.5 tons. At David Zwirner Gallery through 10/29.

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Boardwalk Empire Subway Train

Boardwalk Empire Subway Train

To promote the 2nd season of Boardwalk Empire, HBO is running an authentic 1920s train in the 2/3 line of the New York City subway this September. This train’s first run was way back in 1917.

8 Hours in Brooklyn

8 Hours in Brooklyn

Next Level Pictures rented a Phantom Flex camera for one of their projects and decided to make the most out of it by shooting a side video – a slice of Brooklyn life in wonderful slow motion.

3-Way Street

3-Way Street

Ron Gabriel’s 3-Way Street thesis project tracks a camera at the Manhattan intersection of 28th and Park Avenue, where a plethora of hair-raising street traffic drama unfolds. (Thanks Mat!)

Subway Dining Car

Subway Dining Car

(NSFW: Language) We’re not quite sure how they pulled it off, but a group of supper-clubbers recently took a ride on a NYC L train for an elegant six-course meal, delivered stop-by-stop.

The Apartment Slide

The Apartment Slide

How can you not love this duo uof East Village apartments, conjoined by a metal slide – so occupants can quickly descend from the office above to the living area below. Up requires stairs.

Sub City New York

Sub City New York

There’s nothing like emerging from the bowels of the subway to find yourself in a new, vibrant part of the city. Sarah Klein and Tom Mason do their best to capture this in their all-too-short film.

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