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Cities Scaled Down to PixelsCities Scaled Down to 4×4 Pixels. Image via Neverbored

When you are living a city full of over 8 million people, it can be difficult to condense that city into one specific color, image or stereotype. Cities such as New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles are comprised of such a multitude of different people and place that condensing your visual impressions of a city into one predominant color sounds impossible, unless you are Kasper Gerroms, from the gaming website La Mosca.

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There’s a common misconception that ends up on a lot of “Secrets of Grand Central Terminal” lists (but not ours, of course!). It’s about the Redstone rocket, erected by the US military as a piece of showmanship to counter the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik. The Redstone was displayed in the terminal in 1957 for three weeks. This widely spread false fact is that the Redstone was so tall, it bore a hole through the top of Grand Central Terminal’s ceiling. The myth even goes as far to suggest that a hapless engineer didn’t do the math correctly. But this, as you can see in vintage photographs, was not the case.

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Map-NYC Proposed 5 Borough Ferry Network

There’s a lot of buzz about the expanded 5 borough ferry service Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in his State of the City address. Gothamist has a map of what that system would look like, which would connect Soundview in the Bronx to East 90th Street on Manhattan, Astoria to Roosevelt Island, Long Island City to Manhattan, South Brooklyn to Lower Manhattan and Staten Island, and a proposed route from Coney Island to Staten Island to Wall Street.

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The Empire State Building is one of the most iconic skyscrapers in New York City, a tourist stop for 3 to 4+ million visitors a year. But as we’ve shown here at Untapped Cities, even tourist destinations like Grand Central Terminal and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, have their secrets. Here, we recount 10 secrets (and fun facts) of the Empire State Building.

1. There’s a Decommissioned 103rd Floor Observation Deck

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Last week, the New York Adventure Club went on a private after-hours tour of New York City Hall, which included a visit to the main rotunda, Governor’s Room, and City Council Chamber. Our friends, the photography crew of F/11 (whom you’ll recognize from their photos of steel spinning in an abandoned subway station) were on hand to document the landmarked building, above ground.

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This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law, passed in 1965. Tonight on channel Thirteen, the documentary “Treasures of New York: The Landmarks Preservation Movement” will air at 7pm (repeated February 8th at 8pm on WLIW21). In a media-only screening, we learn that the documentary covers the range of landmarks in the city, from obvious like Brooklyn Bridge, Trinity Church and Central Park) to the less obvious, like Patchin Place in Greenwich Village, with the last 19th century lamppost.

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