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fort tildenBattery Harris East at Fort Tilden

Fort Tilden is located in the Rockaways in Queens County and is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. It is known for its natural beach and biking trails, tucked away on the Rockaway Peninsula. But less is known of its rich militaristic history during World War I and II and the Cold War, or of the thriving arts and recreational activities in Fort Tilden today.

Keep reading to discover the the top 10 secrets of Fort Tilden State Park, from its abandoned buildings to its namesake, Samuel J. Tilden.

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Paparazzi Dogs Dumbo Untapped Cities AFineLyneThe Paparazzi Dogs in Dumbo

The month of June brings to New York City more than a dozen new outdoor art installations on top of a plethora still on view from last month. June will have you swinging at Brookfield Place, sliding on Governors Island, typing your thoughts, and examining your brain waves for your most inner thoughts. You can park-hop from Randall’s Island to Foley Square, from Prospect Park to Riverside Park, and your art-walk will take you from Coney Island to Harlem with many stops in between.

Here are thirteen art installations not to miss in New York City this June:

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On an Open House New York boat tour, Stuart Miller and Sharon Seitz, authors of the book The Other Islands of New York talked guests through the history of New York City’s other islands, of which there are many.

Miller describes on the tour how the islands reflect the story of the city as its priorities have shifted over time. Some were originally purposed as military protection from the British during the War of 1812, named later for the families that owned them, and transformed over time into places of leisure, of isolation, of residence, and often of heterotopia. We’ve compiled here other islands of New York City. (more…)

MemorialDayTopTenFlag unveiling aboard USS Intrepid, plus more off-the-beaten path activities to do in NYC for Memorial Day 2016

Memorial Day in New York City marks the beginning of summer with rooftop barbeques and cornerstore beers sitting in a cooler of ice. People often forget the historical and cultural significance of this federal holiday. But if you want to break away from the norm, here are 10 unconventional ways to enjoy your three day weekend in NYC.

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Keyword (Floating Bar)-Frying Pan-NYC-Untapped CitiesThe Frying Pan with Pier 66 Maritime Bar & Grill. Photo via Frying Pan

More than just places to gather and imbibe, many of New York City’s floating bars have a great history as well. So if the sea calls to you like it does to a titanic number of New Yorkers, don’t worry, you’re not too late. You can still get your nautical fill at any of these ten floating bars around New York City.

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A little over forty years ago, in a nightclub called Max’s Kansas City, Robert Mapplethorpe made his way through a crowd of artists, drag queens, and cocaine fiends, hoping to charm his way into Andy Warhol’s inner circle. His friend and ex-lover Patti Smith, then an unknown like him, watched his efforts warily. A few years later, Mapplethorpe would be shocking the art world with his provocative homoerotic photography and portraits of Warhol. Smith would be performing at Max’s. But before they achieved fame, they were vagrants moving through the world of artists, socialites, and provocateurs in downtown Manhattan. After Mapplethorpe lost his battle with AIDS in 1989, Patti Smith captured their experiences in her award-winning memoir Just Kids.

In this article, we’ll trace Patti Smith’s trail through New York City. Max’s, once a focal point of Warhol’s Factory, is gone now. There is a CVS at the address it once had north of Union Square. But other places are still here or remembered in film.

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