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El Anatsui at The Armory Show, Pier 94 represented by Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Booth 507

El Anatsui at The Armory Show, Pier 94 represented by Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Booth 507

One of the most important annual art events in New York will take place this week: The Armory Show located on Piers 92 and 94 from March 5th through March 8th, with the Armory Party at The MoMA on March 4th. In addition, this is the kick-off of an entire week of exhibits by artists from all over the World in other locations throughout our City. Here are a few of the locations that make Armory Arts Week special:

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Last week, we explained in our  column why the ice on the Hudson River flows both ways, and today we’ll show you how the ice gets broken up to clear a channel for barges. This video by The New York Times shows a Coast Guard ice cutter, the Sturgeon Bay, at work near Germantown, New York in the Hudson River Valley to free two trapped boats. More than freeing ships, clearing the channel allows for the delivery of critical items via barge like heating oil, road salt and other winter supplies.

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Manhattan Aerial

Since 2009, Untapped Cities has ventured into the unexplored and forgotten realm of New York City. From boat graveyards to abandoned hospitals, we have charted the uncharted voids of the city. Our curiosity led us underground to explore abandoned stations and tunnels in the making. From the depths of the Second Avenue Subway we ascended to the top of 1 World Trade Center, Google glasses included! We even ventured off the grid and took to New York’s celebrated waterways for a 360 degree view of Manhattan.

But to explore the ever changing city, now rising to new heights, Untapped Cities ascended even higher up, taking our thirst for urban exploration to a new level, viewing the Big Apple from the sky with New York on Air- the aerial content company that rocked Instagram as one of the top brands in 2014!

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This week’s roundup is dedicated to four of NYC’s most famous skyscrapers: the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, the One World Trade Center, and the Flatiron Building! Hashtag #UntappedCities on Instagram and Twitter if you would like to have one of your photos entered in the running for our weekly “Best Of”column. Also, you can keep an eye on what contributors and readers are checking out by browsing the live feed.

Moody Chrysler Building by i.newyorkcity

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NYC-Animated History Subway Map-GIF

Well here you have it: a GIF subway map of New York City that shows the subway lines in order of construction, created by Appealing Industries via Paste Magazine. You’ll notice that the first lines to appear are in Brooklyn, rather than the IRT line on Manhattan. The lines in Brooklyn were part of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company (later the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation or BMT), created in 1896. They operated along existing surface railways and streetcar lines.

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I’m really getting tired of drawing pictures of coats and scarves. February is a bleak purgatory of dirty snow and frozen sidewalks. By August I’ll be longing for the opportunity to illustrate some fancy coats and outerwear again, but right now I’m happy for anything to break the monotonous parade of knit hats, layers of scarves, and winter-weary scowls. But the end is nigh! Soon the ice will thaw and uncover all the frozen garbage hidden within, like ancient mummies surfacing from a bog.

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