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There is a beautiful new resident at South Street Seaport and her name is Wavertree. The Wavertree was built in 1885 and has a historical connection to New York City, which is more than the beloved Peking (which left the port in August) could boast. It arrived in New York City in 1895 en route to Calcultta with jute cargo aboard. The ship was acquired by the South Street Seaport Museum in 1968 and went through a 16 month restoration, $13 million restoration at Caddell’s Dry Dock and Repair Co. on Staten Island. She returned to port this past weekend and we were given a special walk through with South Street Seaport Executive Director, Jonathan Boulware, and the museum’s historian William Roka. Boulware is a rare breed – an urban explorer and seafaring one, who used to sail large ships similar to the Wavertree. 

Tomorrow evening, the South Street Seaport will be hosting a toast to the Wavertree aboard the renovated flagship vessel with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, oysters bar, cocktails, and period music from the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra. Tickets are $250 but you get $100 off with this discount code link! Untapped Cities will also host a behind the scenes tour of the Wavertree where you will get to visit off-limits parts of the ship, including the impressive hull. Sign up for advance notice here:

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    Three million people have been buried in New York City’s Calvary Cemetery since its establishment in 1848. Spanning 365 acres across Maspeth and Woodside, the visually famous site contains the largest number burials of any cemetery in the United States. New York City’s famous skyline, jaggedly rising and falling in the background, eerily parallels the lines formed by the endless
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      At the eastern tip of Coney Island, the Marine and Academic Center (MAC) at Kingsborough Community College (KBCC) sits by the water, framed by a promenade. Its most outstanding feature is a lighthouse, previously known as the MAC Rotunda, which boasts ceiling to floor windows and decorative scaffolding, rigged together to form a standing space on top of the roof. It does not look like a typical lighthouse – not white, nor cylindrical. Yet, it functions like one and doubles as a 12,000-square-foot event facility, where classes, conferences and concerts are held. This year, it will also be the site of several intimate jazz performances, as part of the 2016-2017 season of On Stage at Kingsborough.

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