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As part of its new series of tours entitled “Secret Lives”, the Historic District Council covers Pomander Walk, a delightful little enclave of Tudor English houses in the Upper West Side. Located on 95th St and West End Ave, Pomander Walk is accessible only to its residents for the most part and can be reached by invite only. Built to house 56 inhabitants, the street features houses that all have front gardens, which the residents are free to maintain on their own. It’s a lovely slice of bucolic village life strikingly set against a backdrop of high rise skyscrapers.  (more…)

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Chelsea Market was once part of a sprawling complex owned by the National Biscuit Company. Nabisco, which produces everything from Oreos to Saltines, remained in the complex from 1898-1959. While the Chelsea Market is more of a paradise for gourmands than a factory these days, its pride in its past ensures that historical remnants are readily accessible to the casual visitor. Join us as we take in everything from its steampunk-chic aesthetic to the memorabilia on display throughout the market!


As we compile our 5 favorite quirky museums in New York City, we feel like we’re revisiting them by looking at the images, reading our own enthusiastic impressions and remembering the particular things that remained with us long after we left. Also, there is a sense of appreciation as they remind us of how quirky can mean so many different things, how even two elevator museums in the same city can be complete opposites. It is a great testament to how the wildly diverse denizens and sides to New York City combine to form a multi-faceted yet harmonious whole. Without further ado, here they are. May you enjoy reading about them and visiting them as much we enjoyed getting to know them.

1. Lower East Side Troll Museum 

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The launch of architect Hugh Hardy’s new book, Theater of Architecture from Princeton Architectural Press, comes with a film trailer, which is fitting given Hardy’s work in civic architecture. He began his career under the celebrated scenic designer Jo Mielziener and has designed and restored celebrated New York City locations like The Lincoln Center Beaumont Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the cafe in Bryant Park, the New York Botanical Garden Visitor Center and Radio City. According to Hardy, architecture is itself a theatrical experience, a form of showmanship with which the audience can readily interact. Here are videos of his work that are featured in the book.


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This now-famous glass Watertower by Tom Fruin will only be on the rooftop of 20 Jay Street at Brooklyn Bridge Park until June this year, and you can get up close and personal with a replica in Brooklyn Bridge Park this weekend. Those who can’t get to New York City can have a look through this Live Cam.


Before they became the voices of the Beat Generation, the still unknown Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg were involved in a story of intrigue and murder that played out on the Columbia University campus and Riverside Park. As we learned from the article, “The Last Beat,” in Columbia Magazine by David J. Krajicek, former professor at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, this long-forgotten story centers around the enigmatic character of Lucien Carr, a forgotten cornerstone of the Beat Generation.