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… »12/24/14 5:30pm12/24/14 5:30pm


The Left Coast Lifter sits docked in Hudson Harbor after its trip through the Panama Canal, coming t

The Left Coast Lifter sits docked in Hudson Harbor after its trip through the Panama Canal, coming to New York from San Francisco. Nearly 30 stories tall and able to lift up to 1,900 tons, the Left Coast Lifter now waits for construction work on The New NY Bridge to begin. [Photo by Nicholas Stango] »4/02/14 7:00pm4/02/14 7:00pm

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 11:00am1/19/14 11:00am

Brooks Cambium Review: Never Break In a Bike Saddle Again

Ask any cyclist: Racing saddles are uncomfortable. Especially for the first few months, when they feel like pieces of wood. But Brooks, the venerable British saddle maker, wants to change that with Cambium, a new saddle that arrives already broken in—without any of the normal torture. Your more sensitive parts (read:… »1/17/14 2:20pm1/17/14 2:20pm

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 11:00am1/03/14 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 11:00am12/03/13 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 12:00pm11/08/13 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 6:00pm10/03/13 6:00pm

Here's the Second Hidden Piece In Banksy's "Secret" NYC Street Show

Banksy, the mysterious (er, kind of mysterious) British street artist who popularized stencils in the 2000s, is in New York this month to stage a 30-day exhibit that takes place entirely on the streets. His first piece, yesterday, has already been painted over. But we were able to locate today's feature, which is… »10/02/13 3:00pm10/02/13 3:00pm

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 12:40pm9/13/13 12:40pm