It’s a relatively quiet week in New York City heading up to Labor Day weekend but there are still some unique things to check out here from numerous film screenings, the return of annual events like the U.S. Open and Electric Zoo, and some interesting explorations.

Monday, August 29th

The US Open Tennis Championships begin again on Monday. Use the opportunity to explore the Top 10 Secrets of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, stop by the World’s Fair New York Pavilion and more.

Nighthawk Cinema will be screening Wes Anderson’s Darjeeling Limited in their Booze & Books series. Writer Matt Zoller Seitz, author of the series of books about Anderson will introduce the movie. There will also be an Anderson-themed cocktail on offer during the movie; sip on it while pondering: “How can a train be lost? It’s on rails!”


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We recently reported on the new fun tool to build your own subway system in New York City, which was an entry into the Power Broker competition which seeks to adapt the seminal biography on Robert Moses into game form. There’s another entry in this competition that caught our eye, called Confetti with the Brick Bats which uses actual historical documents on Robert Moses and asks the player to make a decision as the master builder. The creators of the game, Alexander King and Noca Wu are game design students at the NYU Game Center, partnering with NYU Stern MBA student Robert Heller who did the writing for the game.


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To say the least, the Chelsea Hotel is not your average New York City hotel. One notable guest, sci-fi author Arthur C. Miller recalled in his memoir that you could get high from solely the marijuana fumes lingering in the elevator of the hotel. For over 100 years, this counter-cultural landmark has served some of the world’s greatest poets, musicians, and artists of all time. Although sold for $80 million in 2011, the hotel remains home to several eccentric New Yorkers, including nightlife darling and event promoter Susanne Bartsch. The hotel is currently undergoing a massive renovation, but it is anticipated that it will reopen its doors to hotel guests in 2017.

Without further ado, here are our favorite secrets of the infamous Chelsea Hotel:


SethMeyersCoop-Linkages-NYC-UntappedCities-Crenshaw Seth Meyers and wife Alexi are reportedly the buyers of this West Village co-op. Photo via Streeteasy 

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This Week in NYC History Orange is the New NY-001

Little known New York City fact: New York became Dutch again for about seven months. The city formally known as New Amsterdam turned New York was rechristened once again as New Orange on August 22, 1673. We know we’re a little obsessed with Dutch history, but this is too fun not to mention because it’s such a crazy little blip on the New York City historical radar.


Times Square With Love

Just open this morning at 11 am is the new installation “XXX Times Square with Love,” from Times Square Arts and J. Mayer H. Now, instead of hurrying through Times Square to avoid the tourists, you can literally lie down in the public space – that is, if you can get a spot. The X-shaped loungers, which can accommodate up to four people lying down, were inspired by the shape of the intersection at Broadway and 7th Avenue. Not mentioned in the press release, but an obvious reference, is the XXX past of Times Square, notoriously cleaned up in the late ’90s and early 2000s.