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Last week, New Yorkers were sad to hear that New York City’s famous Ziegfeld Theater is finally closing over the next few weeks for financial reasons. Rumors of its closing have circulated for years in recent times, and last week, news that the theater would officially close and be replaced by one of the largest ballrooms in New York City came out. With its plush red walls, luxurious gold curtains and huge screen, the Ziegfeld Theater, located on West 54th street, hosted many important events and has had countless celebrities pass through its doors. Thus, before this opulent, iconic venue finally closes, here are ten secrets you should know about the Ziegfeld Theater.

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©Photography By Ronald G. Chicken 2007Houdini’s monument in Machpelah Cemetery. Image via houdini.org

In Glendale, Queens, near Cypress Hills Street and the Jackie Robinson Parkway lies a small, isolated Jewish burial ground called Machpelah Cemetery. Despite Machpelah Cemetery’s somewhat abandoned state, one of the most famous men in the world is buried near its entrance: Harry Houdini.

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We’re excited to be partnering with 3D visualization company Matterport to bring visitors digitally inside unique New York City locations over the next few months. We’ll also be adding to the company’s current batch of 3D scans in the city, which include places like the Edison Ballroom and Nicola Tesla’s hotel room at The New Yorker Hotel both made by Real Virtual Zone.

From 1933 until his death a decade later, Nikola Tesla lived in rooms 3327 and 3328, on the 33rd floor of The New Yorker Hotel. The room itself has been renovated (you can see photos of it in an earlier state on the Tesla society website). Telsa, a Serbian, immigrated to the United States in 1884 at age 28, having previously lived and work in France for the Continental Edison Company.

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Black Panthers film screening Untapped Cities Black History Month AFineLyne-.jpg.1280x720_q85Panthers on parade at Free Huey rally in Defremery Park, Oakland, July 28, 1968. image via theblackpanthers.com

The annual celebration of Black History Month is a time to recognize the achievements of African-Americans throughout the history of our country. It is also a time to remember the struggles for freedom and justice. The roots of this celebration take us back to 1915, when historian, Carter G. Woodson and minister, Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), known today as the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH). In 1926, this organization sponsored a national Negro History Week during the second week of February, to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976.

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This month, The Sprint Flatiron Prow Art Space, also known as the museum without walls, introduces the timely installation Flakes. Artist Chelsea Hrynick Browne equates her small, hand-cut Origami paper cutouts to fellow New Yorkers – each one of the small works unique, elusive, quirky, beautiful. “We are all flakes!”

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We made it! Although our streets and sidewalks are still piled with snow (getting dirtier by the minute), New York City made it through Blizzard Jonas. For many it was probably a great time to catch up on sleep, binge watch an entire season of a television show, take their kids out sledding, and take in the swirling storm around us.

Here are our favorite moments from Blizzard Jonas from New York City and beyond, submitted and shared by our readers:

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