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Today’s U.S. Congress may be a bunch of hot-aired do-nothings, but the first session conducted under the U.S. Constitution shows how much Congress is capable of getting done. On March 4, 1789, the House of Representatives met for the first time at Federal Hall in New York City, under the leadership of Speaker Frederick Muhlenberg (PA). The first Congress didn’t get off to the best start either–due to lack of quorum, it disbanded for the day without conducting any business. Members faced transportation woes making the trek to New York, and the House did not achieve its minimum quorum until April 1.

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One of the New York City’s most beloved buildings is the Flatiron Building. Though never one of the tallest buildings in New York City, it was nonetheless revolutionary in its own way due to its construction method. Here are some fun facts not commonly known about the iconic building.

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Somehow we missed this one. Thrillist had a Fun Map of most popular dog breeds by neighborhood recently, based on rankings from the American Kennel Club. Biggest discovery: French Bulldogs, which seem everywhere, are particularly prevalent in New York City, but not in the rest of the country, where it didn’t even make the top 5. But here in NYC, the top 5 breeds are:

1. French Bulldog: From Chelsea, Tribeca, FiDi, East Village, Murray Hill to Park Slope, it’s pretty hard to not see a French Builldog it seems
2. Bulldog: 2013’s #1 breed, Astoria remains a stronghold
3. Labrador Retriever: Head to the UWS for the faithful Lab
4. German Shepherd: Staten Island is the new frontier of urban development, and the habitat of the German Shepherd it seems
5. Golden Retriever

Is anybody surprise that little dogs like the Yorkshire Terrier and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel are the most popular in the Upper East Side and Riverdale? Read on for a nightclub for dogs that’s in NYC and a social club for dogs.

Hey Arnold - Untapped Cities-001Hey Arnold!, A Popular 90s Cartoon. Image via Youtube

Any individual born in the 1990s will tell you that a great portion of their childhood was spent with their eyes glued to some of the decade’s finest cartoons. Coincidentally, New York City seemed to function as a silent character in a vast majority of them. Often re-purposed and re-imagined, animated versions of New York City were often minted with a vibrant sense of wonder, color, and childlike adventure for the younger generation. Here are four animated cartoons with NYC inspired settings:

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On March 3, 1931, Harlem big band leader Cab Calloway recorded “Minnie the Moocher,” the classic tale of chasing opium that made Calloway a national star and put Harlem’s big band sound on the map.

Born on Christmas Day in 1907, Calloway had moved to Harlem to break into the jazz scene, and soon won the attention of Duke Ellington’s agent, a Russian Jew from the Lower East Side named Irving Mills. When Ellington, already one of Harlem’s biggest stars, went on a 1931 national tour, Mills booked the Cab Calloway Orchestra to headline in Ellington’s place at the Cotton Club.

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Using the app Timera, New Yorker Dan Kafalas (who previously contributed a photograph to our Top 10 Secrets of the Chrysler Building piece), melds vintage photographs with images from the same locations in present day New York City. Over the past couple weeks, Kafalas went on assignment for us to capture these shots of iconic locations in the city, including Grand Central Terminal, Washington Square Arch, the Manhattan Bridge, and Union Square, along with quaint streets like Charles Street in Greenwich Village and Varick Street in Tribeca. Take a look below for more:

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