10 years ago today we took on the MTA & NYPD and won.

June 5th, 2014 by


In the late spring of 2004, the NYC MTA considered banning all photography in and around the subway system. They did so at the request of the NYPD, who grew afraid that terrorists were documenting the subway system to plan future terror attacks.

We found this notion to be paranoid and dangerous - an infringement upon our constitutional rights. Criminalizing photography? No way. We immediately decided to hold a protest.
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Fact: NYC’s Graffiti artists were the original U.S. “urban explorers”.

April 25th, 2014 by


Occasionally we here at LTV get snarky, extremely ignorant comments tossed in our direction from 'urban explorers' for the 'hideous' crime of posting Graffiti related content to this site, and for having published 2 highly regarded books exclusively about NYC Graffiti, and a 3rd that covers both exploring and graffiti within NYC's subway system. What these 'urban explorers' don't realize is one clear simple fact:
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The RKO Keith

April 21st, 2014 by


The RKO Keith is one of NYC's most infamous abandoned buildings.

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Coffee Bean Castle

April 15th, 2014 by


We've been spoiling you all lately with posts full of deep location research and explicit details, so it's time for a post that leaves everything to the imagination.
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New York Dock

April 8th, 2014 by


Red Hook contained one of NYC's tallest abandoned industrial buildings, with one of the best graffiti galleries and a rooftop view unparalleled in awesomeness. Today, it is being converted into apartments.
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Abandoned 1925 vintage Staten Island Rapid Transit car 353 – 2003.

April 2nd, 2014 by


In 2003 me and Rebel SC came across this very long abandoned Staten Island Rapid Transit car.
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Q Cars

April 1st, 2014 by


In 2001, I came across a set of 3 old wooden subway cars parked in Sunset Park, across the street from the old Davidson Pipe storage facility (which today is a Costco store). As luck would have it, they were parked in a small former SBK yard with no fence. These were the last wooden subway cars in use within the NYC subway system.
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5 Pointz Explored

March 25th, 2014 by

5 pointz. It's more than just a name of a building in Long Island City. It is an idea, a symbol, and unfortunately, soon to be nothing but a memory. As explorers, it was our sworn duty to explore and document its interiors before it was gone. As an L.I.C. native with a lifetime love of graffiti, there was no way in hell I would be stopped. Before I get into our unabated hours of adventure in 5 pointz, let me drop the history for anyone that doesn't know.
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Certified Concrete, Harlem (The Mafia in NYC’s Ready Mix industry)

March 18th, 2014 by

Growing up in NYC in the 70s and 80s, kids would joke about what would happen if you crossed the mafia. 'You'll end up in the east river, with concrete shoes, sleeping with the fishes'. As with all humor, the jokes were based in reality. The ready mix industry in NYC was, for decades, closely tied to the mob.

One of those mobbed up companies was Certified Concrete.
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Cross Harbor Locomotives stored on 1st avenue, Brooklyn

March 13th, 2014 by


Two locomotives sat abandoned along 1st avenue in Brooklyn for many years, from roughly the late 1990s until 2006. This is their story.
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