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metrograph-ludlow-independent-theater-new-york-city-untapped-cities-susanxu9Metrograph on 7 Ludlow St.

Metrograph sits inside an unassuming brick building near the corner of Ludlow Street. It is easy to walk straight past the independent cinema without so much as a second glance; there is no colorful awning or neon sign to give you the hint that you’re in the right place; movie times aren’t obviously displayed by the entrance. If you were expecting to walk into the atmosphere of a traditional theater, complete with the smell of buttered popcorn and cardboard cutouts of movie previews, you’ll soon learn that Metrograph is anything, but.

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2016-nyc-diner-en-blanc-robert-f-wagner-park-jr-the-battery-nycAll photos of 2016 Dîner en Blanc by @ericlau_street and @untappedmich

In the sixth iteration of the New York City Diner en Blanc, almost 4800 guests converged onto Robert F. Wagner Park, just north of The Battery. From the main party area between Pier A and the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the pop-up white dinner extends into the gardens, grasses and waterfront walkways of Robert F. Wagner Park, named after Democratic senator who originally hailed from Germany. The views of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty on this clear day were simply stunning and possibly for the first time in the history of the dinner in New York City, the weather was comfortably cool.

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Did you know that the New York City’s Department of Sanitation (DSNY) had an artist in residence for 40 years? Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Artthe newest exhibition at the Queens Museum of Art is a celebration of Ukele’s tenure there documenting the seemingly mundane work of maintenance workers in provocative ways.

Halfway through the media preview tour, a woman trailing behind jokingly quipped about how much there was to see. Eyeing the sheer size of the exhibition, it’s understandable why someone would need more than a couple of minutes in each room.

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General William Tecumseh Sherman Grand Army Plaza

Of the grand monuments scattered throughout New York City, many have an equestrian theme. Taken as a whole collection by theme, these statues reveal not only the history of New York and the United States, but also the history of other countries around the world. Here are twenty to look out for as you explore the city.

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nyu-archive-greenwich-village-neon-signs-thomas-rinaldi-nyc-22Pinto’s and Ernie’s, Thompson at West 3rd. (NYU)

Author Thomas Rinaldi, who wrote the book New York Neonis the guide for our tour of Greenwich Village’s Disappearing Neon Signs. Here, he shares the neon signs to be found in a black and white vintage photography collection from NYU Archives.

In 2012, a new online archive of historic photographs was released by New York University.  The collection, whose formal name is the “Washington Square Park (New York, N.Y.), Washington Square Area, and Campus Buildings Image Collection,” reveals a treasury of midcentury New York neon that once lit the streets around NYU’s Greenwich Village campus. 

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The new Public Art Fund installation, David Shrigley: MEMORIAL is on view at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza at the southeast corner entrance of Central Park. Here, the artist explores the historical significance of granite public monuments in a comedic tone by honoring the mundane act of making a grocery list in this 17 foot high by 7 feet wide installation. Items range from “mayonnaise” to “tampons” to “cleaning stuff” and “shelf brackets,” carved in an-all caps serif font.

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