One of the best things about my job, which is right in the middle of the tourist hell-hole that is Times Square, is the kick-arse view of the Hudson River and New Jersey from the window of my open-plan floor. Last week, I had a front row seat when the "French Spiderman" climbed the New York Times building to "raise awareness of global warming."
(Unfortunately I missed the encore, when some random guy from Brooklyn did the same thing a few hours later, this time to "raise awareness of malaria." As one commenter on the New York Times said: "I was staunchly pro-malaria, but this hero has made me see the error of my beliefs!").
For the last few weeks my coworker Frank and I have been taking some pretty sweet time-lapse photos with a Nokia N82 cameraphone on a tripod. The camera comes with a burst mode that captures a photo at set intervals. Frank then stitched the photos together into movie files. Check out a few examples below.
The building with the green roof is the old New York Times building, before the paper moved into its current, easy-to-climb, home. You can see the new Times building in the middle video -- it's the slate-gray one to the left of the crane.