Hidden Cities by Moses Gates
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.

Also, exclusive to this e-book, are firsthand accounts from the author's fellow travelers and family.

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.
 

About Moses Gates

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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, and WNYC-TV, and in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and Maxim en Español. He gives talks on urban exploration and has consulted for books and television on both hidden New York City and the Paris catacombs. He lives in Brooklyn.
 
Published March 21, 2013 by Tarcher. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Action & Adventure, Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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A handbook of spelunking's edgier, smellier cousin--navigating the secret passageways of urban areas, particularly sewers and subway tunnels--with a liberal dose of ego and occasional misogyny.

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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 pas

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A handbook of spelunking's edgier, smellier cousin--navigating the secret passageways of urban areas, particularly sewers and subway tunnels--with a liberal dose of ego and occasional misogyny.

Mar 18 2013 | Read Full Review of Hidden Cities: Travels to the...

Time Out New York

Hidden Cities is an exhilarating read and a reminder that sometimes the best way to examine your life is to change your perspective.

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