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Trophy Point-West Point-USMA-Great Chain-Hudson River-Untapped Cities (1)Thirteen Links of the original Great Chain at West Point. Image via Wikimedia Commons user Daderot

Con artists were no strangers to early New York City. At one time or another, nearly every major landmark in the city had been sold by a ‘matchstick man’. Around the turn of the twentieth century one such fraud was performed by two men who targeted an artifact of slightly less renown: The Great West Point Chain.

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Did you know the world’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard is hidden within the Brooklyn Navy Yard? Untapped Cities will be bringing readers on a special wine tasting and tour at Rooftop Reds, led by one of its founders who will share their knowledge of winemaking.

Within the 14,800 square foot rooftop, you will see a unique urban planter system that is the first of its kind, developed with Cornell University and Finger Lakes industry leaders. As an added bonus: all guests will get 20% off purchases of Rooftop Reds wines. Get in on this experience early, as the first harvest will be taking place this October 2016. Take in an amazing view, lounge in a hammock, and sip on Rooftop Red wines in our tours which start in May, to continue through the year.

More photos of the space below:

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Today, we profile Untapped Cities intern Vera Penavic. A devoted museum goer and archaeology nerd, she loved learning about the New York’s past and the present-day experiences the it has to offer.

What’s your favorite Untapped part of your city?

New York has been my home for the past three years, so I’d consider it my city. My favorite Untapped part is the American Museum of Natural History. They’ve got some of the most impressive exhibits in the world in there, ranging from the Hall of Human Origins to the Hayden Planetarium. Not to mention that it’s right next to Central Park (my second favorite part of the city).

Favorite piece you’ve written for Untapped:

10 Pranks, Hoaxes, Fake Buildings, and Historically Inaccurate Objects of NYC was the most fun to write because I laughed the whole time I was doing research. You wouldn’t believe some of the things people have tried to pull in this city.

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Turn AMC-The Turtle-One Man Submarine-NYC Harbor-Revolutionary WarA replica of The Turtle submarine from the American Revolutionary War as seen in the show TURN in AMC

In our Secrets of Governors Island compilation, we covered The Turtle, the world’s first submarine used in military combat. This onion/acorn shaped one-man submarine appeared in New York harbor on September 6, 1776 for an attack on the HMS Eagle, which was moored off of Governors Island.

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We’re of the opinion that if you’re a die-hard New Yorker, you kind of love pigeons (or at least have a morbid curiosity about them). We’ve been on a pigeon-themed landmark tour of the city and hung out with artist Mother Pigeon. Now, arts non-profit Creative Time, behind some of the most stunning art installations we’ve seen, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard will present the public artwork Fly by Night by artist Duke Riley. Each Friday through Sunday evening from May 7 to June 12th, thousands of pigeons will be released from a converted historic boat in an orchestrated performance. Leg bands on the pigeons, used historically to carry messages, will be replaced by LED lights controlled by remote control.

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The New-York Historical Society Museum & Library has been a part of New York City for 212 years, collecting and preserving the history of the city and nation. It holds an incredible amount of documents and art that make the building a treasure trove of information. Holding so much history lends itself to having some secrets of its own. Why is New-York hyphenated? How old is really? What does Santa Claus have to do with it? Those and more are answered with our top 10 secrets of the Historical Society. (more…)