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New York City boasts some of the most progressive works of architecture and design, including the resiliency-driven “Big U” in Lower Manhattan and the New York City’s first all-wood high rise building in Chelsea. These unconventional designs don’t only apply to private buildings, but many public buildings most would expect to be mundane. To defy the banality of stereotypical public buildings, here are 10 unique and unconventional public buildings that have been serving the population of New York, and have intrigued and inspired many. (more…)

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In the month of April, New York City’s exhibits and installations brings to the forefront pieces that ponder the state of our environment, and what we are leaving behind for those who will follow. One work lends an artistic eye towards leaving earth, with a fantastical view of our planet; another explores the meaning of self from the banners we fly, to the photos we hold dear. On the heels of Women’s History Month, you can continue to explore women in the arts. There will be art in many forms, from an upright swimming pool to a mosh pit. Spring also brings us back into our parks, in the form of an art exhibit at The Arsenal, a fort landscape exhibit at the Dana Discovery Center, and a DNA Totem Pole at the Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. In your travels from exhibits to installations, remember to look both ways – so you won’t get hit by a giant bunny!


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We previously brought you the hidden history of Washington Square Park, but now get a closer look at one of the park’s and city’s most famous monuments: the Washington Square Arch. Standing at the north side of the park, it was dedicated on May 4, 1895, to George Washington as the first president of the United States. The arch has stood in this spot for over 100 years presiding over the park’s colorful and ever evolving culture and history. Here are the top 10 secrets of the Washington Arch.  (more…)

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The perpetual rivalry of New York City’s skyline has always most obviously been about height, as evidence by the earliest World Building in 1890 to the latest One World Trade Center. With all the talk about Donald Trump, we’re focusing this compilation about the city’s most over the top buildings – be it in decoration, materials, or other factors – that beat out Trump Tower, in our opinion. 

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There are 196 listed parks in Manhattan on the New York City Parks Department website, a compilation they admit is “not entirely exhaustive.” We went through the whole Manhattan list to highlight the 10 smallest parks in the borough. While they may be small in size, each has a rich history. Of note, the Parks Department list of parks include triangles, malls, playgrounds, dog runs, and some buildings, like public pools, The Public Theater, Merchant’s House Museum. Here, from a space barely large enough to fit two people to triangles honoring New York City residents are the 10 smallest parks by acreage in Manhattan:


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Bloomingdale’s is one of those storied New York City department stores that grew from a small shop to the megastore it is today. While the gleaming store may not seem to hold many secrets, we’ve uncovered some truly fun ones – after all, it’s hard not to accumulate some great history if you’ve been around since 1860.