Collected by David Rivers
Detroit, MI, USA
This is one of Detroits many abandoned buildings that can be explored. There's a big movement to reclaim and restore these buildings, including this train station, but the process is slow. This is near the top floor; taking the stairs isn't always...
1439 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
"Have you heard about d'Mongo's? It is Ryan Gosling's favorite place to visit when he comes to town!" Although I never saw Ryan Gosling, bartender Red knew immediately that I was new in Detroit and that I'd never been in before. She recommended I...
901 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
If John K. King Used & Rare Bookstore looks more like an enormous factory than a sweet independent bookstore, consider this: The building, which was once an old glove factory, stuffs more than a million secondhand and rare books onto each of its...
2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Detroit's theater district is said to be the second-largest in the United States after New York City's, and the historic Fox Theatre is the nucleus of the district. Although the surrounding area exudes a cosmopolitan cool left over from the days...
2130 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216, USA
Step into Sugar House and step 100 years back in time. The saloon's decor, atmosphere, and drinks are based on the pre-Prohibition era, and the name pays tribute to the Sugar House Gang, a group of bootleggers in 1920s Detroit. The impressive...
2517 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
Germack began in Detroit in 1924 as the Germack Pistachio Company and is the oldest roaster of pistachio nuts in the United States. Today, it occupies more than double the retail space it once did and sells more than just nuts—now the highlight...
441 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
The word "shinola" was popularized during World War II when the phrase, "You don't know shit from Shinola" became a commonplace colloquialism. Back then, it referred to a Texas brand of shoe polish, which was government issue for all soldiers. In...
1114 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Restored to its former glory in 2008, the Italianate Westin Book Cadillac Detroit in Downtown is on the National Register of Historic Places and has 453 neutral-toned guest rooms—all with city or Detroit River views—an indoor pool, and...
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