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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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Expanding on its 2013/14 exhibition Sky High & the Logic of Luxury, the Skyscraper Museum has continued its exploration of supertall skyscrapers with a new web tool highlighting New York City’s super-slender, ultra-luxury residential tower. The museum has used a minimum 1:10 ratio of of width to height to categorize buildings as super-slender, and the range goes all the way to 1:23 in the case of 111 W. 57th Street, a building by SHoP Architects that is estimated to complete in 2019.

As the Skyscraper Museum notes, these super-slender skyscrapers are driven by demand for views, are possible through a combination of technological advancement in engineering and zoning. The most notable of these super-slender skyscrapers so far include One57 and 432 Park Avenue, which have already been finished, but towers like Sky House (2008) and One Madison (2010) certainly heralded this change earlier. The vast majority will be completed in the next few years.

Here are the top 10 tallest super-slender skyscrapers constructed and en route in New York City

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We’ve covered the fascinating, morbid, and tragic history of Hart Island, New York City’s “potter’s field,” or mass burial ground since 1869, and even interviewed a resident who was housed in a rehab center there in the 1970s. Now, a recent New York Times exposé reveals even more stories and secrets of Hart Island, located in Long Island Sound off the Bronx, the final resting place to over one million of the city’s unclaimed, unidentified or forgotten residents. Combining new information with historical ones we’ve covered in the past, we present the secrets of Hart Island.

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William Shakespeare is not only one of the most widely read English authors, but also one of the most easily recognizable, with his beard, mustache, and oblong shaped head. As a result, he has been commemorated and memorialized throughout New York City. Below, we explore some of those many places where you can find references to the Bard of Stratford-Upon-Avon.

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One of Untapped Cities’ exclusive tours is a visit inside the normally off-limits Bialystoker Synagogue on the Lower East Side. This landmarked building, which was built in 1826, encapsulates what we love about New York City – many layers of history, quirky details, and hidden places within a building you might just walk by and never notice.

Below, here are some of the secrets of the building you’ll learn on our tour, which also includes a walk to other historic sites along East Broadway. Get tickets for the tour here:

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