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Holland Tunnel-Interior-Longest Vehicular Tunnel Underwater-New York-New Jersey-NYCInside the Holland Tunnel. Image via Flickr by Daniel Mennerich

Commuters and weekend travelers are perhaps all too familiar with the Holland Tunnel. So today, we provide you with fun facts and forgotten secrets about the tunnel between Manhattan and New Jersey, a feat of engineering and ventilation at the time it was built.


Top 10 Radical Places-Occupy Wall Street-Financial District-Manhattan-Jarrett LyonsOccupy Wall Street via Michael Fleshman on Flickr

From the Occupy Movement to Stonewall and all the way back to the Suffragette movement, New York City has been a center of political change. Since the Europeans first arrived in New York, movements have developed both inside homes and out on the streets and in other public spaces. Here are 10 spaces to check out and explore NYC’s radical past as you wander the city.


woodlawn-cemetery-bronx-nyc-untapped-citiesAerial view of Woodlawn Cemetery. Image via Sanstead

Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx is not exactly unknown as it’s one of the largest cemeteries in New York City with a wide array of famous people buried there. But there is plenty about the cemetery that many denizens of New York do not know making some of the following secrets are certainly untapped. (more…)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, MAY 11, 2016. New York City Landmark the Stonewall Inn on a Spring afternoon. 05112016. Photo by Jarrett Lyons/NYCity News Service

The modern LGBT rights movement is largely understood to have begun 47 years ago this year with the historic Stonewall Riots. They occurred at The Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, setting in motion modern LGBTQI movements around the nation and world. Despite the significance of this event in LGBT history, New York City is behind both San Francisco and Los Angeles in building a comprehensive archive of sites that are historically and culturally significant to the LGBT community.

Ken Lustbader, a New York City based preservationist, and his colleagues at the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, intend to change that. Their mission is “to comprehensive identify, document, and evaluate LGBT historic and cultural sites in the five boroughs of New York City,” says Lustbader.


Anna Held Audette - Suisun Bay IIAnna Held Audette (1939-2013), Suisun Bay II, oil on canvas, 26″ x 40″, 1995, catalog #223; courtesy of Louis Audette.

The Noble Maritime Collection at Snug Harbor Cultural Center opens its new exhibit, Modern Ruins, Paintings by Anna Held Audette (1939-2013)on Sunday, July 17 with a free public reception. The exhibit will feature Audette’s exploration of Staten Island’s ship graveyards and will continue through December 11, 2016.

“Audette’s paintings evoke the aura of a dark building with a single shaft of light coming through a dusty back window, or the loneliness of windshield on an abandoned truck where a vine comes back in summer, and grasps and holds its place as it climbs up it,” says Erin Urban, Noble Maritime Collection director.


African Burial Ground
An aerial view of the African Burial Ground National Monument. Photo via the MAAP

As New York City grew and developed in its earliest years, several cemeteries became iconic public grounds. In many cases, the removal of burial sites that contained the bodies of African Americans erased the unpleasant and violent history of a city built on slave labor. In the past twenty years, at least three New York City sites were discovered to have been African burial grounds where slaves were exclusively buried.