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It’s Valentine’s Day this weekend, and for those still looking for gifts for others or themselves, we’re offering a limited time 15% discount on our upcoming tours with code VDAY16, valid until Monday at 11:55pm. This discount also applies to our new private tour offerings for groups from 1 to 10 people, contact us directly here.
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The “West Side Cowboys” in New York City, one of the most fun secrets of the High Line, were city-appointed safety vigilantes on horseback that once prevented pedestrian accidents along 10th Avenue, a thoroughfare nicknamed Death Avenue due to the large number of accidents between freight trains and pedestrians. The original High Line, opened in 1934, was an elevated freight viaduct for the New York Central railroad, built in response to the accidents. Vintage video footage discovered by historian Annik La Farge while writing the book On the High Line: Exploring America’s Most Original Urban Park (Revised Edition) provides a rare glimpse into this once-popular symbol of the city’s west side.
Here are some great New York City events to check out this week, ranging from discussions about the evolution small business in Brooklyn to our Untapped Cities tour of the Woolworth Building. You can take part in a fun and exciting performance involving past Daily Show contributor Jason Jones, or you can go to Jersey City for a day trip and check out an interesting exhibit on the printed page hosted by the International Center of Photography.
Subway-related aggravation in New York is such an ingrained part of living here that it can sometimes feel shocking when you take a train that shows up in a reasonable amount of time or isn’t delayed because of train traffic. If you’ve lived here long enough, you’ve probably reached a moment where you thought that you could design a more efficient subway system. Well good news, sort of: Mini Metro, a downloadable game on Steam, allows you to put your money where your mouth is and try to build your own working train systems based on cities around the world. Will you prove yourself to be a brilliant transit mind, or will you leave a trail of angry commuters calling for your head? (more…)
Original front entrance. Image via City Parks Foundation
Gracie Mansion, New York’s own White House, is most known for being the residence of the Mayor of New York City. But before Mayor La Guardia moved in, the house had been through its own history. The house changed hands multiple times creating a colorful history since its construction in 1799. Not only that, but the piece of land it stands on has its own interesting past previous to the mansion being built. Here are 10 fun facts about Gracie Mansion located in the Carl Schurz Park on the Upper East Side of Manhattan that we learned on a recent tour.