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The Statue of Liberty may be one of the most visited sites in New York City (if you’re willing to battle with the tourists), but it too has a long list of secrets and fun facts. Here we explore the history and architectural details that make the Statue of Liberty still one of the most unique landmarks in the city.

Designed as a gift to the United States, the Statue of Liberty (officially called Liberty Enlightening the World) has always maintained a connection to its native France. It was dreamt up by Edouard Rene Lefebvre de Laboulaye, a French abolitionist, lawyer, and poet. Its exterior was designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, the French sculptor, its interior created by Gustave Eiffel, the French engineer. It was built in France and paid for by its citizens.

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Although often overlooked, Washington Heights, in upper Manhattan, contains one of New York City’s great concentrations of pre-war apartment house buildings, including many that retain much of their original architectural grandeur.

The pre-war apartment house, one of the mainstays of New York City architecture, is strongly associated with certain Manhattan neighborhoods, including the Upper East and West Sides, Morningside Heights, and various enclaves south of 59th Street.  However, Washington Heights, perhaps more than any neighborhood, is architecturally defined by the pre-war apartment house.

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Beacon’s Closet on West 13th Street

Used Clothing can take many exciting forms, from the old fashion thrift shop to shops with a focus on vintage, and on to the world of luxury high end consignment.  From the Lower East Side to Uptown, here is a guide to the best shops in Manhattan, an update to our previous guide to our 25 favorite vintage shops in Manhattan.

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Bryant Park-NYC Lawn-SecretsBryant Park. Photo via Wikimedia by Jean-Christophe BENOIST

Bryant Park is one of the city’s most illustrious public spaces, but it has come a long way from its more humble origins. As we’ll show in this guide, the history and architecture reveal the many secrets that lie beneath and around the park today.

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The flagship store of the largest department store company in the country is at the top of most New York tourists’ lists. Around it, Herald Square attracts a crowd second only to Times Square less than ten blocks north. Macy’s Inc., now a nationwide conglomerate of over 700 stores, began over 100 years ago as the R.H. Macy and Company Store. It has occupied its Herald Square location since 1902, a building that was named a National Historic Landmark back in 1978 and carries with a storied past. Here’s what we dug up about the largest store in America.

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House of Yes Oriana Leckert Brooklyn Spaces by Michael BlaseHouse of Yes. Photo by Michael Blase.

Oriana Leckert is the founder of the website Brooklyn Spaces and has also been an Untapped Cities contributor, writing one of our favorite pieces on 7 of the most unique bathrooms in the city. The tenacity of her expedition around the city to find these bizarre toilets has only been amplified for her book Brooklyn Spacesa compendium of 50 Brooklyn hubs of culture and creativity. These are community-grown, artist-founded spaces within the post-manufacturing/post-industrial landscape, in buildings and lots that have been hacked, adapted and reused. You can tell Leckert knows Brooklyn (at least this part of Brooklyn, she admits) inside and out, and each location is told with a knowledgable ease that comes with already being a part of the place and a sense of humor.

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