04/08/14 3:00pm

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04/08/14 2:00pm

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We recently posted photos of the abandoned Ellis Island hospitals located on the south side of the island. Photographer Paul Margolis has also explored the abandoned ruins of this site in 2002, and has shared with us an impressive collection of photographs of the hospital. Starting April 11th and ending on June 29th, these photographs will be on display at The Living Room Gallery at St. Peter’s Church. Entitled Hidden Ellis Island, you can see vivid photographs of the once teaming hospital.

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04/08/14 12:00pm

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Execution Rocks Lighthouse Today (photo via Scouting NY

New York City’s surrounding islands are always home to unique structures, from hospitals to now a lighthouse. On the Long Island Sound north of Sands Point sits Execution Rocks Lighthouse, recently covered by Nick Carr of Scouting NY. This lighthouse and keeper’s house is in immaculate condition thanks to oversight by Historically Significant Structures.

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04/08/14 9:00am

Tammany-Hall_Union-Square_NYC_Untapped-Cities-01-Bryan-Garcia The Union Square East view of the former Tammany Hall headquarters, which now serves as the campus for the New York Film Academy and houses the Union Square Theater.

Although Tammany Hall continues to be associated with Boss Tweed and the corruption that often accompanied the machine politics of the nineteenth century, there is a more innocuous item that can be connected to Tammany Hall today: the New York Film Academy.

The former headquarters of the Tammany Society, located on the intersection of 17th Street and Union Square East, replaced the razed E 14th Street site that hosted the political machine in the era of Boss Tweed. The Democratic Party organization met at the Union Square site from 1929 until 1943, when Local 91 of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union purchased the building. In 1991, the Union Square Theater opened in the auditorium of the building for off-Broadway shows and the New York Film Academy followed in 1994, re-purposing the remainder of the building for its Union Square campus.  (more…)

04/04/14 12:00pm

Welcome back to our Untapped Cities series on NYC’s Micro Neighborhoods, where we delve into long standing ethnic enclaves.  

Little Poland
Greenpoint, Brooklyn

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Look past the emerging counterculture and you’ll find New York City‘s Little Poland in Greenpoint. Though Greenpoint is rapidly gentrifying, its rich Polish culture and history has yet to be completely expunged.

This North Brooklyn neighborhood is home to the second largest concentration of Polish immigrants in the United States, behind Chicago. Though it is the clusters of Polish residents that have won Greenpoint its title as Little Poland, the neighborhood has also held a strong Latino and South Asian population which pours out into its sister ‘hood of Williamsburg. Look no further than Greenpoint to best sample all the Polish traditions that New York City has to offer.  (more…)