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The Public Art Fund‘s new exhibit, Desire Lines by artist TatianaTrouvé sits in the shadow of the Plaza Hotel in the Doris C. Freedman Plaza on Fifth Avenue and 60th Street, a location that previously featured an idealized ruin and six towering blue clouds, forming a nice conversation with the gold leaf General Sherman Statue across the way.

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1970s HarlemJack Garofalo’s Photographs of 1970s Harlem. Photo by Jack Garofolo/Paris Match, via Getty Images

Living in New York City during the 1970s sometimes meant looking over your shoulder or trying to get indoors before dark. It’s no hidden fact that the city was not exactly at its safest during this time. Just ask The NYC Council for Public Safety, who created an anti-tourist guide to the New York City in 1975. The city was in the midst of a massive crime wave that reached its fever pitch when the infamous blackout plunged the sprawling metropolis into darkness in the summer of 1977. None of this stopped Jack Garofalo, a French photographer for The Paris Match from taking snapshots of Harlem during the summer of 1970. Recently featured on The Retronaut on Mashable, these simple yet captivating photos capture the beauty beneath the grim and gritty veneer of 70s era New York.

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Located at 55 Pierrepont Street in the former Pierrepont Hotel

Located at 55 Pierrepont Street in the former Pierrepont Hotel

The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange began in 1854 as a way for talented women to sell their needlework and handcrafted goods anonymously. During the Civil War, Spanish American War and World War I, they also made warm garments for the soldiers as a way to supplement their income with their talents during hard financial times. We recently visited their oldest location in Brooklyn Heights today.

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National Arts Club Dome-Gramercy Park-Private Club-NYCPhoto by Corey William Schneider/NY Adventure Club

The National Arts Club is one of those stately private clubs, designed by Calvert Vaux, one of the designers of Central Park and John LaFarge. For a refresher look at photographs inside this Gilded Age club, see our previous tour inside here. It was LaFarge who created the stained glass windows for the building, which was a combination of two existing brownstones, and the amazingly named Donald McDonald, who created an impressive stained glass dome for the structure. Recently, the New York Adventure Club gained access to the space above the dome during a tour.

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Todd Webb-1946-NYC Street Photography-5Children playing with a standpipe © Todd Webb/21st Editions

Todd Webb was a tremendously talented photographer, who took masterly, sensitive portraits of New York and its citizens during the ’40s–but most people have never heard of him. A modest man, only interested in improving his craft, few recognized his genius even while he was at the height of his powers. Whilst rarely being noticed by the public or critics, Webb was respected by his creative peers and he became close friends with legendary photographer Alfred Stieglitz and his artist wife Georgia O’Keeffe.

Like that of Vivian Maier, Webb’s work is being discovered by a new generation. Now his photographs have been collected in a limited-edition book, Todd Webb: New York, 1946, by 21st Editions, which also contains selected entries from Webb’s journals.

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Village Green-Setauket Presbyterian Church-Culper Spy Ring-AMC TURN-Film Locations-Revolutionary War-Long Island

Let’s be clear off the bat: the AMC show, TURN: Washington’s Spies, about the Culper Spy Ring that was based in Setauket, Long Island, is filmed in Richmond, Virginia. Given that Setauket has evolved from a small hamlet to a town of over 15,000, finding film locations that look 1776 bucolic are difficult. But, many of the homes and buildings referenced in the show are still standing, in this town that has always celebrated its history. These days, that sense of pride is heightened, with spy ring tours, new historic markers and Revolutionary War talks. In this article, we’ll compare and contrast the actual locations in the show with their cinematic counterparts in both Setauket and New York City.

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