The Great Elevator Race

An event to promote the debut of a new Olympic sport featured a Polish man racing an elevator in a seven-story race.

Marcin Dzienski, a speed climbing specialist, scaled a Warsaw hotel as a neon-lit elevator rose next to him. The 26-year-old climbed a 23-m (75-ft) plexiglass wall and hit the top after 12.12 seconds, with the elevator close behind him.

Speed climbing is one of three climbing disciplines that will be included in the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Dzienski was the world champion in a 2016 event.

Check out the exciting video above.



Construction Time-Lapse Released on Hudson Yards Opening Day

The official Hudson Yards construction time-lapse of the enormous New York City development was released today in celebration of its partial opening. EarthCam’s 4K-quality  construction timelapse movie chronicles each stage of the project, starting in December 2012 and continuing to the present day. Challenges included the continual reprogramming of more than 72 unique robotic camera angles positioned around Manhattan’s West Side and across the Hudson River in New Jersey.

The largest private real-estate development in the history of the U.S., Hudson Yards’ main retail portion and the Vessel, Thomas Heatherwick’s interactive, public sculpture, are now open. Sales have also begun for the multimillion-dollar residences in 35 Hudson Yards, the tallest residential tower rising in the Related/Oxford Properties Group development at more than 1,000 ft. tall.

Elevator Ad One of Superbowl LIII’s Funniest

Yes, the game was boring and featured a team that shouldn’t even have been there (thanks refs), and the halftime show was laughable (Adam Levine’s embarrassing striptease featuring Russian prison tattoos that looked freshly painted on), but the Big Game did deliver on a few funny ads, including this one starring Jason Bateman as an elevator attendant taking a couple of car shoppers “down, way down” to shop for their new vehicle. On the way down, they pass floors where the experience is arguably worse than car shopping: getting a root canal, taking the middle seat on a plane full of coughing travelers, enduring the “facts of life” talk from a parent, attending a vegan dinner party featuring “beetloaf” … You get the idea. Thanks to the couple choosing a certain brand of car and shopper experience, they bypass the dreaded car lot and vulture-like salespeople. Check it out above!!