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New York City has a plethora of prominent locations, landmarks and buildings that are widely known by people around the world through film and television – even more so after the ramping up of the Made in NY program that offered incentives to encourage production right in the city.

While we often focus on locating more of the obscure film locations in current television and movies, we’re going back in time today to showcase some of the most iconic New York City spots that have appeared on the big screen:

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dachal-choi-and-matthew-suen-for-socrates-sculpture-park-untapped-cities-afinelyneAQ625: Site on the Move by artists Dachal Choi and Mathew Suen. Image via Socrates Sculpture Park

October is filled with fantasy, from outdoor installations in Socrates Sculpture Park to a miniature Redwood forest growing in Brooklyn. As we fantasize about how we would change our landscape in a growing city, our imaginations take us far away to a Fancy Animal Carnival. In our artistic travels, which will take us from the Bronx, through Manhattan, to Brooklyn, we will stop at a historic chess club for a photographic view of life in Uganda, and finally step onto a restored 131 year old ship returning to the South Street Seaport. Here are 11 installations and exhibits not to miss this October.

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Three million people have been buried in New York City’s Calvary Cemetery since its establishment in 1848. Spanning 365 acres across Maspeth and Woodside, the visually famous site contains the largest number burials of any cemetery in the United States. New York City’s famous skyline, jaggedly rising and falling in the background, eerily parallels the lines formed by the endless
 rows of headstones decorating the grounds. Both elements are crowded, but organized – and perhaps those qualities are what make the Calvary Cemetery so intrinsic to city it was founded upon – and so picturesque for the countless movie and television series that have been filmed there. No wonder it never fails to pique our interest.

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City Island Diner. Image via NY Daily News.

City Island – even to New York locals – feels idyllic, a world away from the commercial and cultural hub we tend to envision when we think of “the city.” The small town getaway and resort, located in the northeastern corner of the Bronx, is considered by some to be one one of the best kept secrets. Its charm may lie in the fact that it gives off a nautical vibe: you’ll notice the standing boats and the abundance of seafood restaurants available. Or maybe it’s just that the rent is actually affordable. Whatever the reason, City Island has piqued our interest.

Here are 10 secrets about this quaint, waterfront neighborhood:

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fraunces_tavern-george_washington-headquarters-financial_district-historic-nyc-copyFraunces Tavern, a major setting in Hamilton: An American Musical

We ran into New York City-based writer B.L. Barreras at the Brooklyn Book Festival, where he was promoting his recently self-published book Where Was the Room Where It Happened? The Unofficial Hamilton: An American Musical Location GuideThe guide is intended to offer expanded information on locations included in the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton.

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The New Yorker Hotel at 34th Street and 8th Avenue is one of those storied Manhattan icons – so much history and so many secrets, it’s hard to whittle them down. The Art Deco building, completed in 1930, is renown for its setback architectural style and famous sign but inside, you’ll discover something new on every visit. As a handy guide, we’re getting you started with ten of our favorite secrets that we learned while touring the hotel with Joe Kinney, senior project engineer at the New Yorker Hotel and creator of the archives and museum. He’s been on the hotel staff since 1996.
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