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As season 5 of Downton Abbey has come to close, we thought it was high time we updated our list of film locations for the popular British television show. Here are 10 notable spots from the first five seasons:

1. Highclere Castle

Actually located in Newbury (west of London), the home that stands in for Downton Abbey is still occupied by the Carnavaron family but is open for tours and events. If the architectural style rings a bell, it’s because it’s designed by the same architect as the British Houses of Parliament.


World Trade Center WTC Transportation Hub Santiago Calatrava-NYCPhoto by Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork

ANIMALNewYork has just released incredible new photographs of what the inside of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub is looking like inside. The last time we took a peek ourselves at the Santiago Calatrava designed hub was in August 2013, when we brought the then exciting Google Glass inside to film the construction. The construction has been notoriously costly (with budget cuts impacting the aesthetics in the end), though we still think it’ll be a unique architectural addition to New York City. According to Animal, the transit hub should be open by the end of 2015.


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The launch of our new Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series with the NYCEDC has been so successful, we have a long waiting list for the March 16th Brooklyn Kings Theatre tour after the tour sold out in a day. Keep signing up for the waitlist, as we are working to add a new tour slot. In the meantime, you can win tickets to the sold out tour by signing up for our raffle below and/or by hashagging Instagram photographs of New York City landmarks with #untappedNYCEDC. Both giveaways end this Friday. Sign up to get early notification of our upcoming tours in the Behind the Scenes Tour Series here.

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Check out our other upcoming events like a tour of an authentic speakeasy, the off-limits Woolworth Building, and more.

El Anatsui at The Armory Show, Pier 94 represented by Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Booth 507

El Anatsui at The Armory Show, Pier 94 represented by Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Booth 507

One of the most important annual art events in New York will take place this week: The Armory Show located on Piers 92 and 94 from March 5th through March 8th, with the Armory Party at The MoMA on March 4th. In addition, this is the kick-off of an entire week of exhibits by artists from all over the World in other locations throughout our City. Here are a few of the locations that make Armory Arts Week special:


Last week, we explained in our  column why the ice on the Hudson River flows both ways, and today we’ll show you how the ice gets broken up to clear a channel for barges. This video by The New York Times shows a Coast Guard ice cutter, the Sturgeon Bay, at work near Germantown, New York in the Hudson River Valley to free two trapped boats. More than freeing ships, clearing the channel allows for the delivery of critical items via barge like heating oil, road salt and other winter supplies.