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New York City’s billionaire’s row continues its on-going quest for taller and skinnier with the latest rendering from New York YIMBY of the Nordstrom tower, which will be the tallest residential building in the world. As YIMBY reports, it would be the fifth tallest building in the world if built today and its roof will be taller than that of One World Trade Center, which garners quite a lot of height from its controversial spire. And as Curbed NY reports, “the penthouse will have the highest outdoor space in the city.” Note how small One57 looks in comparison.


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Greenwich Village was a hotbed of literary talent and scandal, even in the 1840s, as the eminent writers and poets of the day gathered at literary salons for readings and gossip. Writer Edgar Allan Poe would become embroiled with certain poetesses of the day, who appeared interested in more than just literature. These putative romances quickly led to the rumors of immorality, instability, and madness that would dog Poe throughout the final days of his life, and well beyond his death, as spurned lovers sought their revenge. 

Join Untapped Cities and Boroughs of the Dead on Saturday, May 16th, 2015 for “The Poes’ Greenwich Village,” a special edition of our sold-out historical walking tour from last year that steps into the Greenwich Village of the 1840s, where Edgar and Virginia Poe lived and worked. This tour will interweave some of Poe’s most famous tales with Greenwich Village’s macabre secret histories, a tour that will delight fans of Poe’s literary grotesques, as well as New York City urbanites. Following the tour, optional cocktails will be held at the hidden bar, The Garrett. For a limited time, save 10% on the tour using the discount code POE.

On the anniversary of Edgar and Virginia Poe’s wedding, you will visit the site of three of Poes’ former homes, discover the places that inspired Poe, find out where he read “The Raven” for the first time in public, and learn of the scandals and triumphs he experienced while living in the Village –particularly the unfounded gossip of Edgar’s unprovable “love affairs” — all the while celebrating “a love that was more than love” on this fascinating, informative, and downright romantic walking tour.

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One of the highlights of the comprehensive exhibition, Saving Place: 50 Years of NYC Landmarks at the Museum of the City of New York, is the collection of architectural remnants from New York City’s buildings, both lost and still standing. From a marble eagle head from the original Pennsylvania Station to original lime moldings from Grand Central Terminal and cast iron medallions from the Battery Maritime Terminal, there is plenty for architecture and preservation buffs to revel in.



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The Houston Bowery Wall is a rotating canvas for street art, run by real estate developer Tony Goldman, Jeffery Deitch and Deitch Projects. In the same location, Keith Haring did a piece for the community in the late 1970s and upon acquiring the property “the Goldman family felt a sense of responsibility to bring art and beauty to the public on a grand scale,” states the official web page. The latest to go up is Ron English‘s baby Hulk, a commentary on American consumerism.


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Mariner’s March on Staten Island is a place even the NYC Parks Department describes on their sign as “eerie.” Located just next to the New York Container Park, the forsaken and abandoned landscape was once the bustling Milliken Brother’s Structural Iron Works and later a shipyard that produced war ships.