Elevators in One World Trade Center Feature a Virtual Journey Through 500 Years of NYC’s Skyline

Riding the elevator to the top of the new One World Trade Center isn’t like any other ride – and that’s not just because it’s tall. Inside the five special elevators servicing the rooftop observation deck is a time-lapse video simulation that compresses 500 years of New York City’s skyline into the time it takes to reach the 102nd floor. The journey takes less than a minute and travels from swampy, tree covered Manhattan island, to the bustling skyscraper filled Big Apple we know today.

Bringing the Forest into the Heart of New York’s Times Square

There is an exciting campaign on Kickstarter that has already met its initial goal and is close to meeting its stretch goal. Conservation biologist Marielle Anzelone loves the nature found in Manhattan and wants to help New Yorkers realize the valuable green space found throughout the city, so she has started a project to bring a lush green forest right into the heart of Times Square in NYC. 

Cosmic Paintings From The Beautiful Mind of Lisete Alcade

In dreams, meditations, or vision quests, some people can see beyond the reality where most people dwell, but very few can reproduce those visions in a way that can be shared with others. Lisete Alcade is one of the exceptions. Painting with brushes, as well as her fingertips and the palms of her hands, she creates beautiful, detailed works with powerful themes.

Growing up in Mexico, with spiritual parents involved in alternative medicine practices, she was always encouraged to follow her heart. After a soul searching trip, when she was 19, Lisete realized that painting was her true passion in life. She has been focused on using her art to bring inspiration and awareness throughout the world ever since. Now 33, she lives in Brooklyn, New York where she has painted beautiful murals on buildings and contributed many works to the urban art scene.

New York City From A Toddler’s Point of View

You can only see so many postcard-esque shots of Times Square and Rockefeller Center before it feels like you have a good idea about what it’s like to be there. But what do these iconic locations look like from a baby’s perspective? With a Go-Pro behind his son’s back as he strolled through New York City, Ecuadorian photographer Diego Acosta López captured New York from an angle that many have experienced, but few can actually remember. The pictures document little Ignacio’s first trip to NYC to visit his daddy, who is studying at SVA (School of Visual Arts). Aside from serving to remind Ignacio of a trip he will likely forget, the photo shoot also counted towards a final project for one of his dad’s photography classes.

How Do You Do Dinner? Photographer Takes A Peek Into The Dining Styles of New Yorkers

What’s your dinner style like? Do you have dinner at a table with family over laughter and conversation? Do you prefer solo style while catching up on your emails? Do you eat as a family with all eyes glued on a television screen? Japanese photographer Miho Aikawa answers all of these questions by simply photographing people having their typical dinner. In her series “Dinner in NYC”, she offers a glimpse into the private, or sometimes public in a restaurant or airplane or at the desk, eating habits of some selected New Yorkers.

Glowing Gotham, Shot from the Open Door of a Helicopter at 7000 Feet

Photographer Vincent Laforet has been on aerial photo shoots above New York City over 50 times in the last 15 years, but this time was “by far the most frightening flight of them all.” Leaving the door open on the helicopter, his team flew to over 7000 ft. above the city – something rarely done at night. From that towering vantage point (above other aircraft, but below where you need an oxygen mask), he captured absolutely stunning images of the much loved city, all lit up.

Photographer Builds Detailed Sets in the Streets of New York (Then Leaves Them for People to Enjoy)

Walk down the street in New York and you could see a living room, bedroom or bathroom right on the sidewalk. It’s an ongoing art project from photographer Justin Bettman and stylist Gozde Eker called Set in the Street. It sees the duo building elaborate sets right out in the open using discarded materials and furniture. In fact, most of their materials are found on the street and have simply changed locations.

Love Can Feel Like Floating (and In This Video That Means Air Surfing Through NYC)

“After a perfect kiss, you get a feeling of weightlessness. You can compare the sensation to floating or flying.” That’s the spirit captured in this charming stop-motion short, which features a couple floating in the bliss of newfound love and an unlikely sight on the streets of New York City: surfboards.

What it’s Like to Spend 10 Hours Walking in NYC as a Woman

To truly understand someone, they say you need to “walk a mile in their shoes.” This shocking video certainly does that, bringing home the situation for women just about anywhere in Manhattan. Shoshana Roberts recently spent 10 hours walking the streets of NYC, being secretly filmed by Rob Bliss. The level of street harassment she endures is truly eye opening, and sometimes just downright creepy.

What Do NYC and Paris Have in Common? This Clever Diptych Video Says “A Lot”

Freelance filmmaker Franck Matellini has created a fantastic new video that cleverly reveals the similarities between Paris and New York City. Using a split-screen diptych, Matellini captures many of the unique things which make these iconic cities charming, while comparing them in a way which shows their commonalities.