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Topiaries of jumping ponies mark entrances to Central Park Horse Show.

Topiaries of jumping ponies mark entrances to Central Park Horse Show.

It was a different New York, back when the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden opened the fall social season, and the swells dressed in black tie to attend. As the New York Times once pointed out, the 1887 registry for the show listing attendees and directors formed the basis of the first Social Register. But all that ended in 1996, when the National moved to East Rutherford, NJ, of all places, and ”the white-tie balls at the Waldorf-Astoria gave way to parties at the local Sheraton.” (Today the National is held in Wellington, FL.)

Now, amazingly, a few of the world’s finest riders and horses are competing at Wollman Rink in Central Park. Beginning last night September 18th, with the $210,000 Central Park Grand Prix through the Central Park Dressage Challenge on Saturday, Sept. 20th, and closing on Sunday, Sept. 21st, with the Central Park Polo Challenge, the Central Park Horse Show is giving New Yorkers a fine taste of the old days. Nestled among trees and wandering paths in the southern section of the park, the oddly shaped Wollman Rink is on the small side for Grand Prix jumping, much less polo. But the organizers have done a magnificent job of making it work, with the enveloping skyline of Central Park South lighting up the horses and riders.

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East Londoner Steve Wheen is on a mission to transform the potholes in his neighborhood into miniature works of art. Wheen fills in the cracks with flowers, places miniature furniture next to the plantings, photographs the newly created scene, and posts the photos to his website. His creations are tiny and could easily go unnoticed by a passerby, yet they have quickly inspired people around the world to imitate his guerrilla gardening technique.

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The Interborough Rapid Transit of New York City opened its first subway line in 1904. 468 stations and 24 subway lines make up the tapestry of what we now know as the New York City Subway. Here is a list of those stations that stand out as unique in both their history and appearance. The original 28 subway stations had beautiful fare control houses designed by George Heins and Christopher LaFarge, some can still be seen at Atlantic Avenue, Bowling Green, 72nd Street and other spots. But as the subway expanded, subway station style evolved to adapt to Manhattan’s geography and evolving architectural and design styles. 

1. 190th Street at Overlook Terrace

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The Marlborough Gallery has a history as significant as the number of artists they represent. Their string of galleries can be found in Madrid, Barcelona, London, Monaco and two in New York. The 57th Street gallery, located at 40 West, has a covered walkway that is part of 6 ½ Avenue (yes, you read that right), and it has proven an ideal setting for exhibiting outdoors.

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Historically, steam vessels ran along the Hudson River, connecting the Hudson Valley with New York City to bring visitors to the natural and cultural resources of both areas. As the Hudson Valley struggles with the post-industrial transition of other rust belt regions, an enterprising and little-known project with a passionate team aims to reconnect the valley with its strategic waterway. Just this week, America’s oldest surviving passenger steamer made the first leg of its journey from Detroit to New York City for service on the Hudson River, functioning as a floating mobile museum and cultural space and restoring a historical transportation link.

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In the late 1800s to early 1950s, Ellis Island was the “Island of Hope,” the final gateway before immigrants could enter the new world. For others, it was the “Island of Tears,” for after so many braved the harsh and excruciating journey, they were turned back (some of them being forever separated from their loved ones), their dreams dashed right at the gates.

Starting, October 1st, Save Ellis Island and world renowned street artist JR are hosting, for the first time in history, an art exhibition inside the island’s abandoned South Side hospitalsWhile 10-20% of the 12 million immigrants to pass through Ellis Island were temporarily detained for health-related reasons, only the 1% with incurable contagious diseases was sent home. The success of the medical facility was due to cutting edge building design, top-level medical staff, and significant government support.

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