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Uncover the city that lies beneath the streets of London. There is more to London than meets the eye; from historic catacombs, to lime mines, arty tunnels and underground museums. London’s subterranean world is waiting to be explored and the London experts at The London Pass have gone under ground to discover some of the most fascinating sites and attractions.


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The Highline Loft overlooking the High Line in New York will be opening a new art installation entitled “Calm before the Storm” on October 17th. Curated by Lori Zimmer (of Art Nerd NY) and Natalie Kates, the two man show by Logan Hicks and Beau Stanton will reconstruct a shipwreck and captain’s study, along with several new paintings inspired by nautical superstition, flood myths and classical paintings. While they work in different mediums, both artists use their love of classical nautical lore to convey their fears about modern environmental realities. The exhibition and installation will be set to an original score by Luv Jones.



On a recent Behind the Scenes NYC tour, a series we produce with the NYCEDC, we were given access inside and onto the roof of the newly renovated Corn Exchange Building with Artimus Construction. Originally built in 1883-84, this Queen Anne and Romanesque Revival structure was designed by the architectural firm of Lamb & Rich at a time when Harlem was a suburb. The main floors were occupied by the Mount Morris Bank and Safe Deposit Company, with luxury apartments on the floors above – conveniently located next to the Metro Station. The structure had three arched entrances. One used for the apartments, one for the lower-level bank vault, and a grand entrance to the main level of the bank. In 1913, the Mount Morris Bank became a branch of the Corn Exchange Bank.


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The historic La Marqueta in East Harlem has a unique art installation gracing the ceiling of their outdoor space known as Vendy Plaza, through its cultural arm, La MarquetaRetoña. More than sixty artists participated in hand-painting para-sol umbrellas from Taipei, Taiwan, using them as their canvas. The installation, “Parasol Expo” creates a colorful ceiling for the food vendors, beer garden, salsa dancing, food market and live music that occupy the space every weekend.


When people think of the New York City underground, they usually think of the vast subway system, or maybe the sewers, and water tunnels buried deep in the bedrock. Far lesser known are the obscure tunnels – often running from building to building, or through lesser documented parts of the city. Here’s a very unique look at 7 such locations that will make you question where else there might be hidden in subterranean passageways.