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Proving that man is no match for the hype surrounding potentially disruptive weather forecasts, here is a beautiful shot of Grand Central Terminal utterly empty this morning following the transportation shut down by Governor Cuomo in anticipation of Juno. The MTA released photos of Grand Central and Penn Station, devoid of people on their Flickr feed this morning:

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As the chill winter weather begins to settle on New York City, an exciting project is heating up in Queens. Advocates for the rail to trail project The Queensway have had a string of recent victories, including a grant to design a portion of the trail as well as a nod of approval from The New York Times editorial board. At Untapped Cities, we’ve been following the project for the last three years and got a recent behind-the-scenes scoop of the Queensway, with a private tour by Andy Stone and the Trust for Public Land to highlight their goals and the next steps in the project.

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In partnership with The Eternal Space, a play about an untold story of the destruction of Penn Station, we are hosting a special tour of the remnants of Penn Station with Tamara Agins, tour guide, project manager at NYC Department of City Planning, and author of our popular article on the Secrets of Grand Central. Update: 1pm tour is sold out but we just added a new tour slot at 3:30pm, tickets below:

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Our top 10 events picks for this snowy week including urban talks about The Rockaways, the NYC subway, Empire State Building as well as new exhibits at Flatiron and Gagosian.

Monday, January 26th

Check out the newly installed Snow Monsters (actually made of marble) in Flatiron plaza before the actual blizzard takes over.

Tuesday, January 27th

If these events aren’t cancelled by the snow…New York Transit Museum launches AfterHours program series with “Fix & Fortify: MTA Successes” featuring discussion between Ben Kabak, of Second Avenue Sagas and MTA Infrastructure and Facilities Officer John O’Grady.

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Snow Monsters at the Flatiron Plaza

As if on cue, The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and the New York City Department of Transportation Art Program presents their latest art installment: Peter Regli’s Snow Monsters. For the next few days of course, the Snow Monsters will blend in with the winter wonderland but those that go up close will discover that they’re made of hardier materials than they look.

This timely installation, presented by the Dominique Levy Gallery, is part of an ongoing series of interventions in public spaces that began in 1996. The artist, Peter Regli, named the series of interventions Reality Hacking, and they are meant to “interrupt the routine of the commuter and provide a humorous diversion within the wintry New York landscape.”

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Yesterday, The McKittrick Hotel announced the arrival of The Lodge, a wintertime conversion of rooftop bar Gallow Green into a veritable cabin in the woods. Since this is the McKittrick Hotel of Sleep No More fame we’re talking about, expect nothing less than an all-out theatrical experience. This is a cabin that will take you, mind and body, out of New York City and straight to the wintry, Scottish woodlands.

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