rust belt


HELLO TUMBLR. Our game Night In The Woods is out in the fall! The good folks at Polygon took a look at our recent E3 demo, which is comprised of a constrained, in-progress snippet of an early part of the game with things rearranged a bit and a lot of stuff closed off. Also they missed like all kinds of stuff while playing! It’s big!

For more info and to see more of what the demo contains, check out this interview with Alec where he talks all about the game!

We’ll have more info as we get closer to the fall. Follow us on Twitter for regular updates and all kinds of other stuff!

<3, NITW team

As always, reblogs and whatever are much appreciated! We’re a small fish in a very big pond, and this fall we’ll be a tiny shark swimming in an ocean. Filled with AAA nuclear submarines. This metaphor got away from me.



Pittsburgh has a charm and allure that sets it apart from the other great eastern cities. It’s not overwhelming. It has relatively little public transportation outside of its bus system. Its neighborhoods are each so unlike the others that at times it’s hard to believe one is still in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh’s charm is that of the Rust Belt city. Pittsburgh is a grade-A Rust Belt city: complete with dying industry along its waterfronts, dive bars (real dive bars) on every corner, what seems like hundreds of massive steel bridges, thousands of miles of railroad tracks and cheap everything.

Pittsburgh is not just another notch in the Rust Belt, though. It is much more than a has-been. Rather, it has consistently proven itself over the years to be one of the most dynamic and bold of American cities: malleable towards the new, yet unwilling to destroy the reminders of its fading past. A trip to Pittsburgh reveals at the same time new skyscrapers, a surprisingly resilient downtown, dynamic and changing neighborhoods and large cultural centers and districts — all along with the typical Rust Belt imagery of forgotten industry and abandoned factories.

There’s something for everyone in Pittsburgh. It has small city charm in the broad steel bones of a big city.

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Northeast Guide Chris Giuliano is a photographer and student living in the NY/NJ/PA region. Traveling throughout these states, and often to other places as well, he is able to see and capture a wide variety of life, and hopes to portray the way he sees the world to other people through his photographs. Follow on his blog,, and his website,



I am here in a most wonderful out-of-the-world place, which looks as if it had begun to be built yesterday, and were going to be imperfectly knocked together with a nail or two the day after tomorrow.

—Letter from Charles Dickens upon visiting Syracuse in 1869, quoted in New York, A Guide To the Empire State (WPA, 1940)

Images, from top to bottom, left to right:

1. Syracuse, NY

2. Syracuse, NY

3. Etna, PA

4. Cleveland, OH

5. Pittsburgh, PA

6. Braddock, PA

7. Stowe Township, PA

8. Stratton, OH

9. Syracuse, NY

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Dan Wetmore is from Pittsburgh, PA. He could have been from Buffalo or Cleveland and the story would have been the same: he developed a fondness for the rich industrial history and aesthetic that surrounded him. Still, he could have been from Miami or LA: he digs photo. He received his BFA from Syracuse University in 2013 and still lives there—immersed in the photo community, a TA at the university, a lab intern at Light Work. He works at a food cooperative, drives and maintains a Buick wagon and is into local food. Find more of his work on his website,, follow him on Tumblr at and check out Golden Dawn, his upcoming show at Light Work in Syracuse (3/17-5/30/14).

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