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The 1964 World’s Fair pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park by Philip Johnson is viewed by some as a symbol of past glory. To others, it’s just an old, decaying building that has been in the park for decades, prominently featured in the 90s science-fiction action-comedy Men in Black. To the “history nerds and World’s Fair geeks” that filled the Queens Theatre to witness the world premiere of director Matthew Silva’s fantastic new documentary Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion, the structure means so much more.

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You read that right: there is a nine-foot tall Hello Kitty, and it lives in New York’s Dag Hammerskjold Plaza on East 47th Street.

After a modest Kickstarter campaign, Japanese artist Sebastian Masuda’s ambitious new art installation finally opened on East 47th Street last month. The Hello Kitty statue, dubbed the “Time After Time Capsule” by its creator, was built to store donated personal items called “kawaii,” or “objects and feelings uniquely personalized by each individual” as Masuda puts it. Sadly, as of our photo last week almost a month after opening, it remains nearly empty.

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Inside Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market, image via CBS.

Opened in 1967, Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market is the largest produce market in the country. It occupies 105 acres, with four primary warehouse structures, two adjunct warehouses, and various administrative and maintenance structures.The market captures an estimated $2 to $2.3 billion in revenue per year, or 22% of regional wholesale produce sales, equivalent to approximately 60% of the produce sales within New York City.

The next event from the Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series on June 24th will bring Untapped Cities/NYCEDC guests on a rare inside look at the market’s logistics and history from Myra Gordon, manager of the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market, who will take the tour through the market’s repacking houses and produce displays while the market is in operation. There will also be an opportunity to chat with vendors at the market about their businesses, as well as a Q&A with Myra in the board room following the tour. This tour will give New Yorkers an inside look at a critical part of the city’s infrastructure.

Because the market is active only in the mornings and weekdays, the tour is scheduled for 9a, Wednesday on June 24th. Exact meeting location will be sent the week before the tour.

Tickets limited. Required attire: Comfortable shoes (no open toe shoes), appropriate tops, no shorts, short skirts.

In honor of Memorial Day, today we’re looking back at the history of the white marble Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, located at 89th Street and Riverside Drive, a majestic memorial to those who fought in the Civil War. Unfortunately, few have had the chance to marvel at its serene mosaic interior. The monument has been open to the public sporadically throughout the years, most recently as part of Open House New York (though one year the key was unable to open the rusted lock and access was canceled).

The New York Times was recently given rare access to what lies hidden behind the monument’s locked door.
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This week, the theme of the Untapped Cities Instagram roundup is New York City from a distance. Hashtag #UntappedCities on Instagram and Twitter if you would like to have one of your photos entered in the running for our weekly “Best Of”column. Also, you can keep an eye on what contributors and readers are checking out by browsing the live feed.

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The 135,000 square foot green roof atop Brooklyn’s Barclays Center is taking shape (despite an extensive delay) and we recently got a nice note from our friends at Architects Newspaper that they got an exclusive look at the construction. In the video, Linda Chiarelli, Deputy Director of Construction for Forest City Ratner, explains that the roof trusses were not designed to hold the green roof so a “whole new roof structure was installed.”

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