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. » 4/06/14 1:00pm 4/06/14 1:00pm

A Peek Inside the Super-Sheds Where NYC Stores Its Mountains of Salt

The Northeast has been buckling under this year's winter weather, in part because we're running out of road salt. We here at Gizmodo wanted to see what we were dealing with ourselves, so we visited three of the biggest salt sheds NYC's five boroughs have to offer. » 2/07/14 4:02pm 2/07/14 4:02pm

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

Tour a Secret Art Show Inside a Condemned NYC Apartment Building

Last week, as New York City suffered through blistering cold temperatures, 43 street artists were secretly painting three entire floors of a soon-to-be-demolished apartment building. We got to visit during an exclusive, two-hour show on Friday night. » 1/12/14 3:00pm 1/12/14 3:00pm

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: 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 the … » 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 show, … » 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

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

A Look Inside the Workshop of Brooklyn Bike Builder Horse Cycles

As the number of cyclists in New York grows each year, more and more bike shops have popped up around the city to meet demand. A growing group of them specialize in entirely handmade, custom bike frames—like six-year-old Horse Cycles, a custom steel frame workshop in Brooklyn. This week Horse's founder, Thomas… » 8/21/13 4:01pm 8/21/13 4:01pm