Friday, July 19, 2013

My Offer on Access to Abandoned Observation Decks

Abandoned Observation Deck Offer:
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Abandoned observation decks are my favorite things in the world. If you can get me legit access to a previously unvisited abandoned observation deck you get:

1) A personalized signed copy of “Hidden Cities.”
2) A .pdf and/or paper copy (two feet by three feet) of the secret map of the Parisian Catacombs.
3) A personalized catacomb tour if we happen to both be in Paris at the same time.
4) A free writer for whatever story on the place you might want to do (Curbed, I'm looking at you)!

Unvisited abandoned observation decks are:        

40 Wall Street (Trump Building), Downtown.
Met Life Tower, Madison Square.
Riverside Church Carillon, Morningside Heights.
Torch of the Statue of Liberty.

These are just the one in NYC. If you can get me to an abandoned observation deck in another city, definitely drop me a line)

Other places that are not technically abandoned observation decks, but are still acceptable for this offer are:

103rd floor or antennae of the Empire State Building.
Roof of the Met Life Building (former Pan Am building), north of Grand Central.
Any interesting cupola, antennae, or spire
Outdoor roof of any building over 800 feet tall
The tuned mass damper of the Citigroup building on Lexington Avenue
Roof of the tallest building in Staten Island (Castleton Park Apartments) or the Bronx (Tracy Towers).
Top of the Verrazano, Throgs Neck, Whitestone, or Ward’s Island Pedestrian Bridges.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Latest Writing

From other publications - blog below

Jewish Daily Forward. Encountering history on the tunnels of Odessa (excerpt from Hidden Cities).

Publisher's Weekly. Legal, but interesting, travel destinations around the world.

The Big Idea (John Scalzi blog). Memoir writing - an explanation.

Huffington Post. Hidden side to the World's Cities (excerpt from Hidden Cities).


Prohibited Panoramas - the beautiful abandoned observation decks of New York City
On Tract - some interesting stories from some out-of-the-way census tracts
Riding the Green Wave - my favorite cab ride ever (you've got to scroll down)
Heartbreaker - what not to do on a first date (again, you've got to scroll down)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Odessa Catacombs

Hey folks - you can check out an excerpt of Hidden Cities about the Odessa underground here in the Jewish Daily Forward - also with Slideshow by Steve Duncan.