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We hope that you are all safely ensconced at home, viewing Blizzard Jonas from your window like we are from Brooklyn. But if you’re like us, you might have plans sometime today too (we’re headed to the Metropolitan Opera tonight). NYC.gov has a useful map, PlowNYC, tracking real-time street plowing in New York City.

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We can always count on the City of Dreams competition to offer a unique architectural installation on Governors Island, often made of a collection of a single item. In previous years there have been a pavilion of discarded plastic cups and a collection of custom reef balls for the Billion Oyster Project. There’s a reason for that – the competition specifically asks contestants to think about the sustainable future of the planet, with an undoubtable strains on resources, and gives emphasis towards projects that adaptively reuse existing materials.

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What do Dr. Seuss, Ernest Hemingway and Dorothy Parker have in common? They all worked for PM, a highly progressive New York newspaper that covered local and international news. If you’ve never heard of it, don’t be surprised. The paper ran for just eight years from 1940-48, and circulation never exceeded 200,000 (by comparison, the New York Herald Tribune‘s daily circulation was about 350,000). PM has sadly disappeared over time.

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Over the years, especially recently, New Yorkers might have noticed some odd structures and art installations popping up along the streets of New York City. These objects have ranged from giant rats and buttons to feathers, bagels, different kinds of animals and tiny replicas. Though some no longer exist, we thought it would be fun to highlight some of the abnormally large or small objects that have sprung up. Thus, here’s a list of some objects that have appeared throughout New York City with the wrong dimensions, some of which might surprise you if you’ve never run into them.

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At Untapped Cities, we like to cover bars and restaurants that are off-the-beaten path. Interesting history, attractive design, and a convivial atmosphere make these hard-to-find places worth the search. Hidden and obscure places don’t need to be exclusive or elite, they are more like hidden gems waiting to be found. In London, mews pubs offer this in spades.

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Just last summer, we reported on the mini-museum that’s in the lobby of the iconic Ziegfeld Theatre at 141 W. 54th Street. It seems that part of life here in New York City is living through the ups and downs of rumors about the potential closing of the Ziegfeld. But this time, it appears to be the final nail on the coffin for the largest remaining single-screen theater in Manhattan, and one of the last in the United States. The owners of the theater, The Fisher Brothers, as reported by the New York Post have given the lease to Gotham Events to transform the Ziegfeld into a ballroom, a la Gotham Hall. The newspaper says the venue, currently showing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will close in the next few weeks.

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