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The Chrysler Building is one of the most beloved of New York City’s skyscrapers, an architectural manifestation of both the Art Deco era and the automobile age. Famous as it may be, the Chrysler Building holds many fascinating secrets, compounded by the fact that it is difficult to visit and doesn’t offer tours, unlike the Woolworth Building and the Empire State Building. Here are 10 lesser known facts about the Chrysler Building, many derived from an Q&A with David Stravitz, the author of The Chrysler Building: Creating a New York Icon Day by Day with The New York Times in 2009.

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A spiral staircase leans precariously in the Nurses' Residence.

We’re doing a bunch of fun events with Will Ellis, the author of Abandoned NYC and Untapped Cities columnist, over the next few months. We hosted the first book talk when Abandoned NYC was released, and we’ll be hosting it again on February 25th at WeWork West Broadway. Tickets are also going fast to his guided tour of Dead Horse Bay in March. He’s curated this list of New York City’s abandoned hospitals for us, a remnant of a darker medical past when the diseased and undesirables were placed far from civilization.

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NYC abounds in its wealth of iconic museums, obscure museums and more. Which takes the prize for aging gracefully against the test of time? Discover the ten oldest museums in New York City in our list below.

1. The New-York Historical Society (211 years)

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The New-York Historical Society Museum and Library, founded in 1804, takes the title of oldest museum in New York City. The Society changed locations eight times until 1902, when construction began on its present building on 170 Central Park West. The photo above shows the Society’s building in 1908. See past exhibits and events at the NYHS.

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Lady Lexis Sweets located at 1931 Madison Avenue near 124th Street

We thought that this Valentine’s Day, we would take a culinary tour of 15 of Harlem’s bakeries, from the traditional to the laptop friendly.

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The Empire State Building is one of the most iconic skyscrapers in New York City, a tourist stop for 3 to 4+ million visitors a year. But as we’ve shown here at Untapped Cities, even tourist destinations like Grand Central Terminal and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, have their secrets. Here, we recount 10 secrets (and fun facts) of the Empire State Building.

1. There’s a Decommissioned 103rd Floor Observation Deck

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New Year’s Eve in New York City is one of those polarizing events for residents. Many will proclaim to hate it, which is why we’ve rounded up a list of alternative New Year’s Eve plans to ring in 2015 that are a step above the house party (which we also love, don’t get us wrong).

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1. Capitale on the Bowery. In Stanford White’s 1893 Beaux Arts 40,000 square foot party wonderland, you’ll find two ballrooms, three VIP rooms, six hours of open bar, a full buffet, and a live DJ. Celebrate a glamorous New Year from 8 pm-3 am. 130 Bowery. $99.

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