Hidden Cities: My Journey into the Secret World of Urban Exploration
Part the 1st: My review of Hidden Cities
If you read the second part below, you'll find that I know Moses Gates, at least glancingly. He seems like a really smart & interesting guy—he's an urban planner, NYC tour guide, and devotee ...more
For anybody who’s ever wondered what lies beyond the ‘do not go past this point’ sign at the end of the subway station or imagined climbing up monuments ranging from the bell towers of Notre Dame to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge, Moses Gates and his band of “urban explorers” do the dirty work on your behalf in the new book ‘Hidden Cities’.
‘Hidden Cities’ is a first-person memoir/travelogue exploring the culture of the loosely-connected network of urban adventurers. Urban exploration has gaine...more
I wouldn't use this one as a travel guide, you won't find enough consistent information here to help you out. The book might have been a lot shorter, really. After a bit, I found myself skimming.
He does provide a short bibliography of books in case y ...more
"Some cities are shallow, some are deep. It's not a value judgement and it doesn't have much of a bearing on how much I like a town. But it's there. Paris is a shallow city. Despite not knowing French and having spent only a few weeks there, I can tell you I know Paris. Maybe not all the nooks ...more
The book begins with Moses and two of his friends on top of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. They have managed to climb up there unobserved and hope to depart the same way at least until Moses accidentally strikes the bell.
Moses is a New York City Tour guide who loves to e ...more
Get ready to feel that way on a whole new lev ...more
I don't know why the book appealed so much to me. Perhaps it was his i ...more
Moses Gates describes his adventures through sewers and climbing bridges all over the world. It's a fun and fascinating subject (urban exploration) and it definitely made me want to do more trespassing. I do wish he'd talked more about abandoned buildings and less about underground rivers, but that's just ...more
Urban explorers or so they call themselves are people who explore places one barely heard of - the drains, the pinnacle of observatory decks, the top of the bridges, abandoned houses, abandoned subways. It seems like there is another world just beneath the land we walk on, or another sight of the land different from the view of ...more
In search of the soul of a city, he went down in railway tunnels, old sewer systems, centuries old tunnels, and climbed abandoned buildings, bridges, and even the bell tower of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.
The explorers of those hidden worlds seldom talk about their discoveries; what they do is more than often illegal. So, every time they enter those hidden ...more
Too many good books out ther ...more
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I found it to be an interesting insight into the world of underground sewers, bridge climbs, subway tu ...more