A Trip Inside a 70-Year-Old Wind Tunnel

Wind tunnels are amazing. These massive structures made remarkable contributions to science and engineering, and from a photographer's perspective they are simply gorgeous, dramatic spaces. A few days ago, I was lucky to explore this vintage Hungarian wind tunnel—an outstanding example of an early aerodynamic testing… » 10/02/14 9:00am 10/02/14 9:00am

A Rare Tour of the Long-Secret Russian Town Where Cosmonauts Are Born

If you went looking for Zvezdny Gorodok, aka Star City, on a map in the 1960s, you'd have no luck. This small town outside of Moscow was long a state secret, and for good reason: It was the base where Cosmonauts came to train for—and recover from—space flight. And it's still cooking. » 7/09/14 3:20pm 7/09/14 3:20pm

A Rare Trip On The Floating Train Yard Of Hudson Harbor

The only two options that freight trains have for accessing the east side of the Hudson River are to cross a bridge in Albany—140 painstaking miles North of New York City—or to ride a rail barge across the Hudson through the highly efficient marine-rail operation run by NYNJ Rail in Jersey City. » 5/10/14 11:00am 5/10/14 11:00am

Tour the Hidden Art Gallery on the High Line's Last Unfinished Stretch

It's easy to forget that beyond the tourist- and greenery-covered High Line, there are still 300 yards of old, rusting train track. This last patch of decaying NYC railway will soon be turned into the final stretch of the super-successful park—but for now, they're home to a little-known outdoor gallery. » 1/19/14 11:00am 1/19/14 11:00am

A Tour of the Largest Commingled Recycling Plant in the U.S.

As of last month, New York City's Sunset Park waterfront is home to the largest commingle recycling facility in the nation. After its inaugural run on opening day, the facility shut down for some final tweaks and testing before it opens full time. During this period of maintenance, Gizmodo visited the new facility for… » 1/03/14 11:00am 1/03/14 11:00am

Photo Essay Artfully Documents Walk Around the Perimeter of Manhattan

I love the idea of the single-day photo project. For the photographer, it's the chasing of a singular purpose and imposing of strict limitations that push your creativity. For the viewer, it's the simplicity and connection to time that can make such a series really resonate. » 12/17/13 4:10pm 12/17/13 4:10pm

Photo Essay: NYC's Incredible Christmas Tree Seller Subculture

The Friday night after Thanksgiving is when all the little forests pop up around the city. Most Christmas tree outlets—bodegas, parks, supermarkets, and big-box stores—have a team that comes in to set up wooden display racks, while electricians wire up lights to a generator and a truck drops off Fraser Firs to sell… » 12/10/13 11:00am 12/10/13 11:00am

Step Inside the U.S. Military's Advanced Weapons R&D Mini-City

Picatinny Arsenal is considered its own municipality by the New Jersey State government—which makes sense, given its 6,500 acre property. The difference between it and a normal town is that, inside Picatinny, nearly 2,500 engineers and scientists work with advanced weapons systems, military-grade 3D printers, and… » 12/03/13 11:00am 12/03/13 11:00am

Inside the Hidden NYC Clocktower Gallery's Grand Finale

Even though the Clocktower Gallery has been around since 1972, you might never have known it was even there. It resides in the top two floors of a government-owned building in Tribeca, which is just part of the odd story of how this alternative art space has operated through the years. Now it is hosting its final… » 11/08/13 12:00pm 11/08/13 12:00pm

Tour the Restoration of a Grand 138-Year-Old Brooklyn Bank

Odds are good that if you live in the area, you've walked by the the closed Williamsburgh Savings Bank and wondered what's inside. Located just over the Williamsburg Bridge, at 175 Broadway, in Brooklyn, New York, the Beaux-Arts sty building hails from a time when banks were grand, church-like spaces. And now, after… » 10/03/13 6:00pm 10/03/13 6:00pm

Every Museum Should Have a Flying RC Sailboat as a Sign

The minimal facade of The New Museum has been host to some wild installations since it opened in 2007—ranging from a sign reading "HELL, YES!" to a giant long-stemmed rose. Today, workers finished installing the museum's latest outdoor sculpture: A 30-foot-high remote controlled ship by artist Chris Burden. » 9/21/13 9:00pm 9/21/13 9:00pm

This NYC Gas Station Is Home to a Temporary Sheep Pasture

When most Manhattan real estate developers buy up land to build a new tower, they unceremoniously raze any existing structures. But Michael Shvo, a developer and art collector who recently bought a lot near the High Line with the intention of building a new residential tower, decided to have a little fun first. » 9/17/13 7:20pm 9/17/13 7:20pm

Inside the Restoration of Brooklyn's Glamorous Temple of Cinema

Kings Theater, in Flatbush Brooklyn, is more like a palace than a theater. This 1920s building dates back to a time when seeing a movie was an event—and both the people and the architecture was gussied up accordingly. Kings deteriorated quickly when in closed in the 1970s—but now, a small army of specialists is hell… » 9/13/13 12:40pm 9/13/13 12:40pm

The Five Most Beautiful Bikes From Brooklyn's First Handmade Bike Show

For two brief days last month, you could find any hand-crafted bike you've ever wanted at the Warsaw Concert Hall in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Inside the antique Polish dive bar, reps from Horse, Rosko, Coast, Ceremony, and more all came to display their finest crop of custom frames. For cyclists, it was pure magic. » 9/09/13 6:42pm 9/09/13 6:42pm