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Hidden Cities: Travels to the Secret Corners of the World's Great Metropolises - A Memoir of Urban Exploration

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In this fascinating glimpse into the world of urban exploration, Moses Gates describes his trespasses in some of the most illustrious cities in the world from Paris to Cairo to Moscow.
 
Gates is a new breed of adventurer for the 21st century. He thrives on the thrill of seeing what others do not see, let alone even know exists. It all began quite innocuously. After moving to New York City and pursuing graduate studies in Urban Planning, he began unearthing hidden facets of the city—abandoned structures, disused subway stops, incredible rooftop views that belonged to cordoned-off buildings. At first it was about satiating a nagging curiosity; yet the more he experienced and saw, the more his thirst for adventure grew, eventually leading him abroad. In this memoir of his experiences, Gates details his travels through underground canals, sewers, subways, and crypts, in metropolises spanning four continents.

In this finely-written book, Gates describes his immersion in the worldwide subculture of urban exploration; how he joined a world of people who create secret art galleries in subway tunnels, break into national monuments for fun, and travel the globe sleeping in centuries-old catacombs and abandoned Soviet relics rather than hotels or bed-and-breakfasts. They push each other further and further—visiting the hidden side of a dozen countries, discovering ancient underground Roman ruins, scaling the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges, partying in tunnels, sneaking into Stonehenge, and even finding themselves under arrest on top of Notre Dame Cathedral.   

Ultimately, Gates contemplates why he and other urban explorers are so instinctively drawn to these unknown and sometimes forbidden places—even (and for some, especially) when the stakes are high. Hidden Cities will inspire readers to think about the potential for urban exploration available for anyone, anywhere—if they have only the curiosity (and nerve!) to dig below the surface to discover the hidden corners of this world.

Review:

"Urban exploration with Gates makes for wildly entertaining reading. Whereas most travel authors highlight the museums, fashionable streets, and restaurants of the great cities of the world, Gate's passion lies elsewhere. He revels in surmounting contrived barriers, whether in New York, Paris, or Ukraine. 'We live our whole lives as prisoners of artificial boundaries — boundaries put in place not by mountains, rivers, or walls but by people and institutions who tell us that they're there.' Gates chronicles his exploits exploring subway tunnels in New York and Stockholm; climbing the Lateran Obelisk sewers in Rome; ringing a bell on the top of Norte Dame; and traipsing through abandoned buildings in Brazil. Gates, an urban planner and licensed New York City tour guide, has a practiced eye for seeing the details of off-the-radar environments, as well as the peculiar qualities of the characters that pursue out-of-the-ordinary urban adventures. His memoir also describes facing adulthood after he loses his job his marriage breaks up. 'After I turned thirty, I found myself shivering in an abandoned firehouse across from a power plant. After I turned thirty-five, I found myself in a rusting emergency train exit under a park. I don't want to turn forty and find myself hanging out in a steam tunnel.' A solidly entertaining ride for those seeking a gritty travel experience." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Moses Gates is an urban planner, demographer, and licensed New York City tour guide. His explorations of New York have been featured on the History Channel, the Travel Channel, WNYC-TV and in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Guardian UK, and Maxim en Espanol.and#160;and#160;Aand#160;givesand#160;talks on Urban Exploration and hasand#160;consulted for books and television on both hidden New York City and the Paris Catacombs. He lives in Brooklyn.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781585429349
Subtitle:
Travels to the Secret Corners of the World's Great Metropolises; A Memoir of Urban Exploration
Author:
Gates, Moses
Publisher:
Tarcher
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
Outdoors-Lore and Survival
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20130321
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 page photo insert
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Urban exploration with Gates makes for wildly entertaining reading. Whereas most travel authors highlight the museums, fashionable streets, and restaurants of the great cities of the world, Gate's passion lies elsewhere. He revels in surmounting contrived barriers, whether in New York, Paris, or Ukraine. 'We live our whole lives as prisoners of artificial boundaries — boundaries put in place not by mountains, rivers, or walls but by people and institutions who tell us that they're there.' Gates chronicles his exploits exploring subway tunnels in New York and Stockholm; climbing the Lateran Obelisk sewers in Rome; ringing a bell on the top of Norte Dame; and traipsing through abandoned buildings in Brazil. Gates, an urban planner and licensed New York City tour guide, has a practiced eye for seeing the details of off-the-radar environments, as well as the peculiar qualities of the characters that pursue out-of-the-ordinary urban adventures. His memoir also describes facing adulthood after he loses his job his marriage breaks up. 'After I turned thirty, I found myself shivering in an abandoned firehouse across from a power plant. After I turned thirty-five, I found myself in a rusting emergency train exit under a park. I don't want to turn forty and find myself hanging out in a steam tunnel.' A solidly entertaining ride for those seeking a gritty travel experience." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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