Rendering of Moynihan Train Hall. Image via Governor Andrew Cuomo

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    Enjoy your first week of October with several fun and exciting events, including two insider tours, a huge pizza party and a new exhibition that explores the cultural dynamics of gay New York.

    Monday, October 3rd

    Join New York Adventure Club for a rare visit inside New York City’s largest (and newest) recycling facility, SIMS Municipal Recycling Plant, located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Led by a SIMS Municipal staff member, the tour will visit the main facility where the recycling sorting equipment is kept. The tour begins at 7:00 p.m at the 2nd Floor of the Sims Municipal Recycling center. Tickets are $24 – $29; sign up here.

    In celebration of the Hell Gate Bridge turning 100 years old, photographer Dave “The Bridge Man” Frieder will unveil his newest exhibition, ‘Building the Hell Gate Bridge – The Photography of Dave Frieder.” The event, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the G.A.H.S. Lecture Hall on 35-20 Broadway (fourth floor), will be followed by a lecture about the bridge’s construction. It is being presented as part of the year-long Hellgate Bridge Centennial Program with support from NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the membership of the Greater Astoria Historical Society. Tickets are $ 5 (members free).

    Tuesday, October 4th

    Join a walking tour of Greenwich Village and see where history was documented by iconic Village Voice photographer, Fred W. McDarrah. Since the second half of the 20th century, McDarrah has chronicled the changing landscape of the city, including its landmarks, such as Washington Square Park and the Stonewall Inn. The tour leaves from Christopher Park (at the Stonewall Pl. entrance) at 10:00 a.m. Purchase tickets ($15.00 for students and seniors, $25.oo for adults) here.


    Staten Islanders might finally have an easier commute into Manhattan if plans for an aerial gondola move forward. Photo via Leitner-Poma of America

    In January, The Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) launched a conceptual design competition which asked participants to develop an aerial tramway to connect the borough to the surrounding areas of New York Harbor. The winning proposal, created by a Colorado-based cable systems developer, Leitner-Poma of America’s (LPOA), features a line that runs parallel to the Bayonne Bridge, over the Kill van Kull strait from Elm Park to the Eighth Street station of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) line in New Jersey, whereupon passengers would take the train to Manhattan.


    moynihan-train-hall-nyc-untapped-cities3All images via Governor Andrew Cuomo

    On Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his most recent plans to transform Penn Station from an outdated transportation hub into an efficient, modern destination. Although proposals for the redesign process have been tossed around for over 20 years – stalled in part by funding issues and disputes between parties – Cuomo is confident that the station will finally receive its long-awaited facelift. According to the governor, the necessary funding and approvals have already been secured.

    audrey_hepburn-breakfast-at-tiffanys-nyc-untapped-cities-shervinImage via Wikimedia Commons

    New York City has a plethora of prominent locations, landmarks and buildings that are widely known by people around the world through film and television – even more so after the ramping up of the Made in NY program that offered incentives to encourage production right in the city.

    While we often focus on locating more of the obscure film locations in current television and movies, we’re going back in time today to showcase some of the most iconic New York City spots that have appeared on the big screen:


    Photo via the Library of Congress

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