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Super-secret “backscatter X-Ray” vans are cruising the streets of America peering through walls, doors, and autos

// October 19th, 2015 // No Comments » // News

Super-secret "backscatter X-Ray" vans are cruising the streets of America peering through walls, doors, and autos

They may look innocuous enough – large gray or white unmarked vans driving through neighborhoods or downtown cityscapes. But these super-secret vans may be not only invading your privacy, they may be endangering your health as they spray military-grade backscatter X-rays to pierce walls, doors, and steel truck and car bodies allowing authorities to peer straight through protective privacy barriers (e.g. walls) while on the move.

Multiple panicked witnesses call New York City 911 reporting a fast-moving “flying saucer” over the Bronx

// April 28th, 2015 // No Comments » // News

Multiple panicked witnesses call New York City 911 reporting a fast-moving "flying saucer" over the Bronx

For the second time in twelve months, residents of New York City reacted in panic after seeing a UFO streak across the skies above the Bronx. Authorities say they received several phone calls from citizens on April 25, 2015 reporting a “flying saucer” moving swiftly over East 149th Street and Bruckner Expressway.

The bizarre life, disappearances, and deaths surrounding millionaire Robert (Bob) Durst

// March 18th, 2015 // No Comments » // Unsolved

The bizarre life, disappearances, and deaths of Robert (Bob) Durst

Robert Durst, born April 12, 1943 in New York City, the oldest of four children, is the son of New York City real-estate moguls Seymour and Bernice Durst and an heir to the enormous Durst skyscraper fortune. He has been implicated in the decades-old disappearance of an ex-wife, a suspect in the murder of his best friend, and convicted of murdering and dismembering his neighbor – yet as of 2015, Durst remained free to walk the streets of New York City.

World Trade Center photographer’s last picture before North Tower collapsed on top of him

// January 13th, 2015 // No Comments » // People in Unusual Circumstances

Bill Biggart

54-year-old William G. Biggart first heard about the World Trade Center terrorist attacks from a passing taxi driver. News that a plane had just crashed into the World Trade Center prompted Biggart to rush to his apartment near Union Square and grab three of his cameras – two film and one digital. He then walked two miles to the center not knowing the next couple of hours would be the last moments of his life.

NYC residents report hearing a spooky chilling chorus of voices coming from new One World Trade Center

// December 3rd, 2013 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

Plane crashing into World Trade Center

The first reports came via social networks in late October 2012 during Hurricane Sandy. Puzzled New York City residents reported hearing a strange sound, described as a steady, consistent moaning noise, coming from One World Trade Center (formerly known as Freedom Towers). Users discussed the odd noise and decided it was the wind whistling through the top, unfinished floors of the new One World Trade Center tower. Then a few months later, another resident, New Yorker Kenny Cummings, reported hearing the strange sound – after the tower was substantially completed and the façade enclosed with glass. His “unmistakable and very chilling” recording captures the sound that has baffled New Yorkers since last year.

New York garage worker drives car into empty elevator shaft – plummets over three stories and survives

// September 9th, 2013 // No Comments » // News

New York worker drives car into empty elevator shaft

A Manhattan garage worker survived when the car he was driving plummeted three and a half stories down an empty elevator shaft. The unidentified worker, who was driving a black Audi in the Sterling Garage on E. 80th St., thought the elevator bed was on the fifth floor and drove the car into the elevator opening. His car plunged down the elevator shaft and became stuck, upside down, between the first and second floors. The man escaped by climbing through the car’s moon roof and was helped out of the shaft by other workers. He was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

NICK BEEF mystery solved – the man behind (not under) the gravestone located next to Lee Harvey Oswald’s

// August 11th, 2013 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

Headstones of Lee Harvey Oswald and Nick Beef

For years, curiosity seekers visiting the grave of Lee Harvey Oswald have wondered about the near identical headstone next door, marked “NICK BEEF”. The rectangular markers are the same size, each bearing only a name, with no inscription for date of birth or death. But there is one big difference between the two graves – Nick Beef’s is empty. Who is Nick Beef?

The crazy New York City bike messengers

// January 3rd, 2013 // No Comments » // Bizarre

The crazy New York City bike messengers

If you saw the movie, Premium Rush, you probably figured those crazy New York bike messengers must be tamer in real life than they were portrayed in the movie. You’d be wrong. Premium Rush (and Quicksilver, another movie with a bike messenger theme) actually offer a very close portrayal of a professional bike messenger. Bike messengers are paid on commission, based on how many messages they deliver. Financially, it’s in their best interest to go fast – very fast. Safety wise – well… not so much. A recent study found their on-the-job injury rates that required time off from work were 1,300% higher than the national average (and three times higher than dangerous meat-packing industry).

Hetty Green – the Witch of Wall Street

// December 27th, 2012 // No Comments » // Strange Persons

Hetty Green - the Witch of Wall Street

In 1864, Hetty Green, the ‘Witch of Wall Street’ inherited 1 million dollars from her father when she was 30 years old. Hetty, who could read the financial pages when she was 6 years old, didn’t hesitate to exercise her aggressive style with her newfound riches.

New York City Underground – lost underground tunnels beneath the city see new light

// December 25th, 2012 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

You would presume that city government would have knowledge of every nook and cranny in their city, that they would have every street, subway, tunnel, and building mapped and documented. Surprisingly, many of our older cities have underground labyrinths that are largely or wholly undocumented, long forgotten by time. In New York City, it is believed that thousands of miles of underground tunnels exist, some of which have not seen a human’s presence in over 150 years.