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New York City may have once had a natural coastline but it was primarily marshland. Today, with continued human intervention on the landscape of the New York City waterfront, you can find some great beaches, albeit man-made. From Governors Island to Brooklyn Bridge Park, and two under-the-radar spots in the Bronx, here are seven man-made beaches to check out:

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Check out the top ten New York City events happening from July 25th to 31st 2016, including a book reading series in Brooklyn, Untapped Cities tours of iconic and abandoned locations and a French film festival.

Monday, July 25th

July 25th is the third week of the Brooklyn Bridge Park annual literature series Books Beneath the Bridge which continues on the Granite Prospect Steps. This book series features authors representing local, independent bookstores in Brooklyn, who read excerpts from their works and participate in a Q&A and book signing. This week’s installment of Books Beneath the Bridge features authors representing powerHouse Arena in DUMBO. At 7 pm, author Jessica Winter will present her debut novel, Break in Case of Emergency and Ed Park will read from his work, Personal Day. This event is free and open to the public. For a full list of authors participating in this series, visit brooklynbridgepark.org/event-series/books-beneath-the-bridge. 

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Tucked away in the northeast section of the Bronx is the lesser-known Pelham Bay Park, a reminder of the borough’s bucolic past. Former Parks Commissioner Robert Moses transformed the woodland area into a functioning park and recreational facility, complete with playgrounds, a golf course and a racetrack, but it has a long history dating back to before the Revolutionary War.

Here are ten secrets of Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx.

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Before it experienced a period of industrialization, New York City was full of lush greenery and bucolic treasures. Though the city is filled with more buildings and paved streets than it had in the past, there are still some hidden gardens and green spaces tucked in around the five boroughs. Here are the top ten hidden gardens to get away from the hustle and bustle of New York City.

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The Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, which connects Queens to Manhattan, rarely gets the attention that it merits. Many New Yorkers drive or bike across the bridge on a daily basis and it is also a popular running spot because it provides magnificent views of the East RiverRoosevelt Island and Manhattan from high above.

Designed by engineer Gustav Lindenthal and architect Henry Hornbostel, it is the “longest of the East River Bridges, with an overall length of 7,449 feet,” according to the New York City Department of Transportation. The construction of the Queensboro Bridge began in 1901, and the bridge officially opened on June 18, 1909. To better appreciate its history and significance, here are our top ten secrets of New York City’s Queensboro Bridge.

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In the days before the modern day MTA, fire department and major roadways, boats and ships served a number of purposes in New York City history. Some boats were simply a means of transportation between boroughs and neighboring states, while others protected New York’s harbors during war. Here is a list of the top ten abandoned and retired boats in New York City (and one in New Jersey!)

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