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The New-York Historical Society Museum & Library has been a part of New York City for 212 years, collecting and preserving the history of the city and nation. It holds an incredible amount of documents and art that make the building a treasure trove of information. Holding so much history lends itself to having some secrets of its own. Why is New-York hyphenated? How old is really? What does Santa Claus have to do with it? Those and more are answered with our top 10 secrets of the Historical Society. (more…)

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The International Center of Photography (ICP) holds more than 20,000 images by the legendary New York City press photographer, Weegee. Weegee, whose real name was Arthur Felig, was a New York City character unto himself who shot unflinching photographs across all the levels of New York City society. A master of myth building and of sensationalism, Weegee became known for his crime photography and had early access to crime scenes thanks to his relationship with the police force. But his photographs of daily life in the 1930s and ’40s are often what resonate with viewers today – whether of unknowing filmgoers, of families sleeping on fire escapes, or if the gritty Bowery, the subject of an upcoming ICP exhibit, Weegee’s Bowery. This exhibit will launch for the June opening of ICP’s downtown location at 250 Bowery.


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In the photography series Misplaced, interactive designer Anton Repponen takes iconic New York City buildings and landmarks and situates them in desolate environments. Repponen, who has a background in architecture, is clearly interested in urban space, exploring how the removal of urban fabric changes our perception of buildings. As described on the Misplaced website, “Concrete behemoths and steel-and-glass towers rise from sand dunes and rocky cliffs, inviting viewers to see them as if for the first time. Out of context, architectural forms become more pronounced and easily understood.”


In the next week, tour the Players Club on Gramercy Park on our special insiders tour

There’s a lot to discover in the upcoming week in New York City from events at the Players Club and TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport, to the annual walk around the Manhattan coastline. There will be talks on Brooklyn gentrification, Jane Jacobs, the new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, food for the dead, and temporary urban interventions.

Monday May 2nd

WNYC will be hosting an event to celebrate the culmination of the podcast on Brooklyn gentrification, There Goes the Neighborhood The Way Forward for Gentrified Brooklynwill take place at WNYC’s event venue The Greene Space, hosted by comedian Khalid Rahmaan and featuring guests who were interviewed for the podcast and along with other guests from various media publication. Starts at 6pm, tickets are $10. The event will also be livestreamed.

Tuesday, May 3rd

Join us in our Insiders Tour of the Players Club, a members-only theater club on Gramercy Park. Explore this historic, landmarked townhouse and hear from a docent of the club about its illustrious history, which include members from Mark Twain to Jimmy Fallon. A special treat: see a room frozen in time for over a 100 years, kept intact as the Players Club founder left it upon his death. Even if you can’t make May 3rd, we have dates in June and July as well.


Deep below Grand Central Terminal, there’s a hidden power station known as M42 that does not appear on a single map or blueprint. In fact, its very existence was only acknowledged in the late 1980s and its exact location is still not public information. Nonetheless, unpublicized special tours have allowed the curious to head down there in the last five years or so. We can’t share all the details of how we landed on the coveted visit, but we were given the opportunity to explore this and other off-limits places in Grand Central Terminal recently – and took photographs.