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Photo by Bob Martin/Garden State Theatre Organ Society

Musical instruments are not always the first thing that comes to mind when you think of architecture, but they are often embedded into landmark buildings. This month, several other unique instruments are featured on display within museum exhibits. Here, we have curated a list of musical instruments you may have overlooked in your daily walk, or should check out on your next exploration.

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Todd W. Schneider is a software engineer who has been analyzing the New York City’s open data in his spare time, documenting the results on topics as varied as Citi Bike trips, Uber v. Taxi pickups, and non-city oriented topics like the 2016 election. With Citi Bike topping 10 million rides in 2015, Schneider decided to take a deep dive into the transportation system’s open data. One of the most fun maps he’s created in the bunch is an animation of the rides taken on September 16, 2015. The day is random (albeit a weekday) but Schneider uses it to show general trends in Citi Bike usage.

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Skating in Central Park circa 1890.

Ice skating in New York City is one of those time honored winter traditions. Before the specially designed ice skating rinks like Bryant Park, Central Park and Rockefeller Center were built in the 20th century, skating was done on frozen ponds and lakes. The Lake in Central Park was labeled specifically as a “skating pond” on Olmsted and Vaux’s original Greensward plan.

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Image via The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, along with its many secrets, houses a wonderful collection of works aged from ancient times through the Renaissance, from sculptures to paintings and everything in between. Most notably though, the museum has a bona fide Egyptian temple – and a real one at that. The Temple of Dendur, as it’s called, is completely open to the public which means they can walk through its doors and hallways, experiencing the temple as it was used in ancient times. Here are eight fun facts about the Temple of Dendur. (more…)

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