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Don explores the hidden corners of New York City, from the Washington Square Arch to the Gowanus Canal Flushing Tunnel in Brooklyn.

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Don Wildman checks out the view from inside Castle Williams on Governors Island. 960 1280

  

The remains of a castle still can be seen on Bannerman Island. 960 1280

  

View of Manhattan from Castle Williams on Governors Island. 960 1280

  

Don Wildman goes behind bars inside Castle Williams on Governors Island. 960 1280

  

Completed in 1811, Castle Williams is a circular defensive work of red sandstone on the west point of Governors Island in New York Harbor. 960 1280

  

Don Wildman discusses the history of Bannerman Island with Thom Johnson. 960 1280

  

Governers Islands' strategic location made it perfect for use as a military facility for British and American forces for more than two centuries. Don explores one of its fortifications, Castle Williams. 960 1280

  

Don Wildman and crew take a boat to Bannerman Island. 960 1280

  

Another view of Castle Williams on Governors Island. 960 1280

  

Park Ranger Mike Shaver gives Don a tour of Castle Williams on Governors Island. 960 1280

  

Off Limits camera person Karin Pelloni and audio engineer Jamal Rashada shoot at the Renwick Ruins of the former smallpox hospital on New York's Roosevelt Island. 960 1280

  

Don Wildman rides the tram from New York's Roosevelt Island. 960 1280

  

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Don and US Army members with a EOD TALON

Don and US Army members with a EOD TALON

Don visits one of the most cutting-edge military research and development centers in the country. He and US Army soldiers observe TALON, a robot that helps disarm explosive devices. 960 1280

  

Don Wildman and a CROWS system

Don Wildman and a CROWS system

Don jumps up to check out the Common Remotely Operated Weapons Station (CROWS) on top of the tank. It allows a soldier to direct and fire the mounted machine gun from inside the tank. 960 1280

  

Don Wildman and Justin Edwards at Big Four Bridge

Don Wildman and Justin Edwards at Big Four Bridge

Don meets construction expert Justin Edwards in front of the Big Four Bridge in Louisville, KY. Justin is going to show Don the ropes. 960 1280

  

Don Wildman on Big Four Bridge

Don Wildman on Big Four Bridge

Don scales the Big Four Bridge in Louisville, KY. The bridge is part of an urban renewal project and will be turned into a pedestrian walkway. 960 1280

  

Don Wildman and the crew on the Big Four Bridge

Don Wildman and the crew on the Big Four Bridge

Don helps the restoration crew remove an old railroad fixture from the Big Four Bridge. 960 1280

  

Don Wildman and a firefighter in Florida

Don Wildman and a firefighter in Florida

Don discusses how the controlled burning process works with a firefighter from southern Florida. 960 1280

  

Don Wildman controlling a fire

Don Wildman controlling a fire

Don helps to maintain the fire. Firefighters use a method called "Take a Lick and Go" to control how it burns. 960 1280

  

Firefighter caught on camera by Off Limits crew

Firefighter caught on camera by Off Limits crew

An Off Limits crew member captures a firefighter as he tries to handle the controlled burn. 960 1280

  

Don Wildman in firefighter gear

Don Wildman in firefighter gear

"Clothes make the man." -- Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Disaster Training Center in Texas

Disaster Training Center in Texas

"I know. Looks real bad (but that’s the point!)." -- Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Plastic dummy from training

Plastic dummy from training

"This guy weighs about 185lbs. which makes helping him a heinous burden. Who cares if he’s plastic … you gotta love him." -- Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Kyle from the Off Limits crew on the roller coaster

Kyle from the Off Limits crew on the roller coaster

"Kyle, a cam, at 310’ on the Millennium Force Coaster. And people think I'm the daring one." -- Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Don Wildman with the camera

Don Wildman with the camera

"Shot gotten!" -- Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Roller coaster track

Roller coaster track

"Not your grandfather’s amusement park." -- Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Don Wildman by construction machines

Don Wildman by construction machines

"Either the tires are big, or I’m tall. Actually, both." -- Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Don Wildman at Jim Beam

Don Wildman at Jim Beam

"The sheer volume of liquor flowing out of Jim Beam is astonishing. But heck it tastes good and makes you feel great. Good combo." -- Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Wooden bourbon barrels

Wooden bourbon barrels

"The wooden barrel still at work in the modern age." -- Don Wildman 960 1280

  

the crew getting on the elevator

the crew getting on the elevator

"All aboard and off we go. Down.” -- Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Jamal from the Off Limits crew

Jamal from the Off Limits crew

"One of us is the smart one. Jamal takes precautionary measures the rest of us should follow but usually don’t … to his eternal dismay." -- Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Don Wildman on the Natural Pet Food Float

Don Wildman on the Natural Pet Food Float

"Me on the Natural Pet Food Float. Feeling sheepish about surfing dogs." -- Don Wildman 960 1280

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Rose Bowl Parade

Rose Bowl Parade

"Hey! That's Dick Van Patten in a straw hat!" -- Don Wildman 960 1280

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Don on the world's largest parade float

Don on the world's largest parade float

"Now there's some fun and frolic! The world’s longest, heaviest parade float ever. To carry water and dogs past their limits." -- Don Wildman 960 1280

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Million Dollars of Gold

Million Dollars of Gold

"Nothing less than a million bucks worth of gold. Actually more. Cripple Creek and Victor Goldmine." -- Don Wildman 960 1280

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Off Limits Crew

Off Limits Crew

"Behind our scenes, filming gold-smelt. It’s never just me, just looks that way." -- Don Wildman 960 1280

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Don Wildman at Alcatraz

Don Wildman at Alcatraz

"Alcatraz -- 50th anniversary of the famed jailbreak. Me, in my best crook costume." -- Don Wildman 960 1280

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Don Wildman at Alcatraz

Don Wildman at Alcatraz

"Notorious cellblock, Alcatraz. There’s a utility space behind the cells out of which our men climbed to the roof. I climbed it, too. The ranger, he took the stairs ... spoil-sport!" -- Don Wildman 960 1280

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Don Wildman at Alcatraz

Don Wildman at Alcatraz

"Where you’re not supposed to be on Alcatraz. But the ranger was kind." -- Don Wildman 960 1280

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Bourbon Barrels

Bourbon Barrels

"Brown-Forman Cooperage, Louisville, KY. If you want to make a bourbon you gotta have a barrel made of white-oak that has been blasted with flame and charred ... so that it’s no longer white. Hm." -- Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Ladder to a muddy bottom in Grand Central Terminal

Ladder to a muddy bottom in Grand Central Terminal

"The way down into Eastside Access, Grand Central Terminal, NYC … a ladder to the muddy bottom." -- Don Wildman 960 1280

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Construction at Grand Central Terminal

Construction at Grand Central Terminal

"Now that’s construction. The apparatus you see before you creates the concrete ceiling, 50’ at a time. I think." -- Don Wildman 960 1280

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