The newest addition to the World Trade Center, Liberty Park, will open next week, a Port Authority representative told DNAinfo. Across from the South Pool of the 9/11 Memorial, visitors will be able to walk along pathways complete with a lush green atmosphere, similar to that of the High Line. (more…)

There’s so much more to the Gowanus Canal than the dirt and sludge. Join our walking tour of its secrets this Saturday with Joseph Alexiou, author of Gowanus: Broolyn’s Curious CanalHe’s a veritable Gowanus Canal enthusiast and he’ll show you the places you overlook, the hidden history of the area and the industrial landmarks. Learn how the Gilded Age barons, with grand homes in Manhattan and Brooklyn, transformed this area (for better and worse) and how this neighborhood is getting its rebirth today amidst the creative economy. From this tour, you’ll be able to envision the change in the Gowanus neighborhood from a land of barges to a land of small manufacturing and luxury condos, and all the secrets hidden in between. The weather is looking great on Saturday!

Here are more photographs of what you’ll see on this visit:



Hidden in the outskirts of Brooklyn lies a landmark that largely remains unknown to the public. In quiet Marine Park, the Lott House is a hidden gem built starting in 1720, expanded to its current from in 1800. At its peak, the Lott family owned over 200 acres worth of land, according to the Historic House Trust. Much of their property would be sold off in the 1920s, with the neighborhood later becoming known as Marine Park.

But this very old Brooklyn house is filled to the brim with history: it is even recognized as a possible stop on the Underground Railroad by Heritage New York, according to Alyssa Loorya, president of Chrysalis Archaeological Consultants. One closet has a hidden compartment that may have been used to hide runaway slaves.


Secrets of Grand Concourse-Champs Elysees of the Bronx-Bronx-NYCPhoto via City-Data

In the present day, few outsiders would dare to venture into the Grand Concourse section of the Bronx, due to its notorious reputation as a dangerous neighborhood. But the area known as the “Champs-Élysées of the Bronx” is steeped in a rich cultural history, from its dark past as part of the Bronx Slave Market to its Paris-inspired roads. To find out why there is a German fountain in Joyce Kilmer Park, or why Edgar Allan Poe’s cottage was moved, read our top ten secrets of the Grand Concourse in New York City


Bernard “Tony” Rosenthal’s “Alamo” or the Astor Place Cube. Photo via Flickr | serenitbee)

Reports of the return of the Astor Place cube return have been circulating since January, but have recently gone viral, setting the topic of conversation for thousands of New Yorkers. Unfortunately, these reports are (probably) wrong.

The source of this excitement came from the city itself in a publicly available weekly construction bulletin for Astor Place, which marked the sculpture’s re-installation as June 22, 2016. But a source close to the renovation process in a local organization tells us the cube will stay in New Jersey for a bit longer due to delays.


Untapped Cities-HALO-MSG-Penn Station-Brooklyn Capital Partners Image via AE Superlab

In the latest development in the much-discussed redevelopment of Penn Station, Brooklyn Capital Partners has proposed a giant free fall tower ride atop Madison Square Garden or the James A. Farley Post office. As reported by the Daily News, the “Halo” would be the “world’s tallest giant free fall tower ride,” if built at 1,200 feet tall with 11 gondolas. The ride, priced at $35, would go up to 100 miles per hour, with speeds adjustable by the riders. Lease of the space, which the developers project at $38 million, would help fund the rehabilitation of Penn Station.