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Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Video

We thought Google’s new 3-D maps of NYC were cool, but this incredible aerial video of the city’s five boroughs blows Google Earth out of the water. Sky Tech One Aerial Photography created a spectacular montage of footage with the help of a drone, and what’s captured is truly something else. Spanning Lower Manhattan to Yankee Stadium to Roosevelt Island to Coney Island, and, well, everything else in between, we definitely can’t argue with their bold claim that this is the “Ultimate Aerial Video of NYC.”

[Via The Verge]

History, Video

Seventy years from now, new generations of New Yorkers will be able to watch old episodes of Law & Order or Girls to get a glimpse into a past life in the city. Our generation isn’t so often afforded that luxury, unless we’re looking at a grainy black-and-white video. But a clip from the 1949 film Mighty Manhattan – New York’s Wonder City showcases some of the NYC’s most iconic sights in amazing Technicolor.

See New York in 1949 here

History, Manhattan, Urban Design, Video

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Many of you probably recognize the image above, but what you may not know is that creating it required far more than a bit of Photoshop magic. The work of Wildlife Conservation Society ecologist Eric Sanderson, this incredible photo is a true-to-life depiction of what once grew on the island of Manhattan before it was all paved over. By using an 18th-century map, a GPS and reams of data, Sanderson has recreated, block by block, the ecology of Manhattan in the early 17th century. “We’re trying to discover what Henry Hudson would have seen on the afternoon of September 12, 1609 when he sailed into New York Harbor,” says Sanderson.

Watch his riveting TED talk on the ‘Mannahatta Project‘ ahead and see what used to make up areas like Columbia University, Greenwich Village, and even Times Square at the time of the American Revolution. You’ll certainly look at what remains from our city’s verdant, hilly and marshy past in a whole new way.

Watch the video here

Starchitecture, Video

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15 Central Park West is frequently in the news—whether it’s because a new celeb has moved in, or that it’s recorded yet another blockbuster sale. But standing far from the limelight is the building’s architect, Robert A.M. Stern, who, like his buildings, opts for the stately, subdued and classic over the winding and twisting standalones of his contemporaries. “We have a lot of silly buildings being built, in my opinion. The buildings should not look like Lady Gaga,” the architect says. In the latest installment of the Louisiana Channel Stern discusses what might be his most famous project, 15 CPW, and why he strives for buildings that complement, not dominate.

Watch the interview here

Art, Video

Line In-Between, NYC sounds

We’ve heard about people who move out of the city in search of a more quiet lifestyle, but then can’t think or sleep due to the silence. Well, there’s a new album that might be just what the doctor ordered for these sleep-deprived NYC expats.

Line In-Between is an album recorded entirely from the noises of New York City, highlighting that sounds and music are interconnected. And what makes us love this project even more is that while the urban tunes roll, striking images of the city’s architecture play along.

More details on the album here

Design, Furniture, History, Video

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Few chairs are as recognizable as those designed by Charles and Ray Eames. And though Modernist duo were pioneers in the creation of quality furniture, both easily produced and sold at affordable prices (though you wouldn’t exactly guess that now), did you know that their lounger was their first foray into the high-end furniture market? Officially titled Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671), the chair was originally designed for Herman Miller back in 1956, and when it was released, Charles and Ray were already household names counting nearly 1 million chairs in homes across the country. To that end, when the pair were ready to debut this latest luxury creation, NBC’s Home show invited them to come on and talk about their design.

Anyone who admires the Eames will without question love this video featuring the adorable twosome modestly taking compliments from host Arlene Francis while discussing everything from their plywood chair, to their precedent home in Los Angeles, to their lounger, which in the segment gets a comically dramatic unveiling complete with curtains, lights and music.

Watch the video here

Architecture, Green Design, Technology, Video

Sunbreak Shades, NBBJ architects, solar shades, skyscraper climate control

You know the drill, wear a wool sweater to work in the summer and layer with a thin t-shirt in the winter. It’s the curse of working in a tall, glassy, climate-controlled building. But a new shading prototype called Sunbreak, created by the architects at NBBJ, acts as a skyscraper skin that adjusts on a window-by-window basis depending on the angle of the sun, conserving energy and allowing workers to control office temperatures. Sounds like just what we’ve been waiting for, huh?

More about the proposed product

Design, Interiors, Video

Doors are pretty innocuous, but this incredible design by Austrian artist Klemens Torggler turns the humble fixture into a mind-blowing kinetic sculpture. Hit jump to find out more about the design, and to see a full video of the door in action!

it’s downright hypnotizing!

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