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Chisel and Mouse Fun Maps Plaster City-NYC-Untapped Cities-01Plaster-cast buildings that double as bookends, by Chisel & Mouse. Image via chiselandmouse.com

Hopefully some millennials out there still remember those rainy grade school afternoons spent building pillow forts and Lego sets. There was a simple joy in putting things together and playing make-believe. Thankfully, one can never be too old to make castles in the sand. Or plaster.

Robert and Gavin Paisley were once software developers. Now, the British-based duo run a company that designs plaster architectural models. The brothers call it Chisel & Mouse in reference to their mixing of traditional methods with 3-D printing and computer aided design (CAD) technology.

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Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village is a wonderful respite from the city with is magnificent arch and public spaces. But all around it, secrets abound in the history of how it came to be. Here are our top 10 favorite secrets of Washington Square Park:

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The 1964 World’s Fair pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park by Philip Johnson is viewed by some as a symbol of past glory. To others, it’s just an old, decaying building that has been in the park for decades, prominently featured in the 90s science-fiction action-comedy Men in Black. To the “history nerds and World’s Fair geeks” that filled the Queens Theatre to witness the world premiere of director Matthew Silva’s fantastic new documentary Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion, the structure means so much more.

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Inside Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market, image via CBS.

Opened in 1967, Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market is the largest produce market in the country. It occupies 105 acres, with four primary warehouse structures, two adjunct warehouses, and various administrative and maintenance structures.The market captures an estimated $2 to $2.3 billion in revenue per year, or 22% of regional wholesale produce sales, equivalent to approximately 60% of the produce sales within New York City.

The next event from the Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series on June 24th will bring Untapped Cities/NYCEDC guests on a rare inside look at the market’s logistics and history from Myra Gordon, manager of the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market, who will take the tour through the market’s repacking houses and produce displays while the market is in operation. Julie Stein, NYCEDC Vice President of Development who oversees the Hunts Point Market will offer insight on the organization’s involvement at Hunts Point.

There will also be an opportunity to chat with vendors at the market about their businesses, as well as a Q&A with Myra in the board room following the tour. This tour will give New Yorkers an inside look at a critical part of the city’s infrastructure.

Because the market is active only in the mornings and weekdays, the tour is scheduled for 9a, Wednesday on June 24th. Exact meeting location will be sent the week before the tour.

Tickets limited. Required attire: Comfortable shoes (no open toe shoes), appropriate tops, no shorts, short skirts.

In honor of Memorial Day, today we’re looking back at the history of the white marble Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, located at 89th Street and Riverside Drive, a majestic memorial to those who fought in the Civil War. Unfortunately, few have had the chance to marvel at its serene mosaic interior. The monument has been open to the public sporadically throughout the years, most recently as part of Open House New York (though one year the key was unable to open the rusted lock and access was canceled).

The New York Times was recently given rare access to what lies hidden behind the monument’s locked door.
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The 135,000 square foot green roof atop Brooklyn’s Barclays Center is taking shape (despite an extensive delay) and we recently got a nice note from our friends at Architects Newspaper that they got an exclusive look at the construction. In the video, Linda Chiarelli, Deputy Director of Construction for Forest City Ratner, explains that the roof trusses were not designed to hold the green roof so a “whole new roof structure was installed.”

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