Hidden Cities by Moses Gates

Subtitle: Travels to the Secret Corners of the World’s Great Metropolises; A Memoir of Urban Exploration

Published: 2013

Genre: travel nonfiction

Length: 342 pages

Setting: various cities around the world, 2001-2011

Interest: I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of visiting derelict buildings and subway stops. I’m pretty sure I’ll never do it (maybe if I knew the right people in college I would have done it), but I thought it would be interesting to read about.

Summary: Moses takes us with him on his journeys to various cities, as he explores the not-quite-legal places in the city. He recounts his first adventure, entering the subway system in his home town of NYC. From there, he goes on to explore other subways, catacombs, bridges, derelict buildings, and construction sites everyone from Paris to Russia to Sao Paolo. He also provides an insight into the urban adventure culture and why people do it.

Final thoughts: A very interesting travelogue of places it would be fascinating to go to, but I know I never will. I have limited respect for “No Trespassing” signs. I interpret them as “Don’t let me see any evidence of you on my property and don’t sue me if you get hurt here,” but I have kids and I don’t want to go to these places with kids. Overall, I highly enjoyed tagging along with Moses on his questionably legal adventures. He did mention some of the dangers, both physical and with law enforcement, but it wouldn’t scare anyone off if they were interested.

Title comes from: Moses went to all the hidden places in cities that aren’t generally open to the public.

Reading challenges fulfilled: 65/100 in my 100 Book Challenge

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