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Established in 1865, the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) has been stopping fires and saving lives for over 150 years. As New York’s Bravest, they serve more than 8 million residents within a 320 square meter radius across all five boroughs. Here are our top 10 secrets of the historic group.

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Lavish, eccentric, mysterious, and exclusive is what someone would call The Illuminati Ball. Recently, Untapped Cities had the opportunity to step into the secret world of one. The Illuminati Ball, a production created by playwright and director Cynthia von Buhler, was inspired by leaked photos from the infamous Surrealist Party hosted by the Baron and Baroness de Rothschild in 1972. A night of immersive theater, von Buhler describes the play as “a surreal, bourgeois dinner party filled with power struggles, morality tests, and anthropomorphic escapades.”  (more…)

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Looking for something fun to do next week? Untapped Cities has you covered with the top ten NYC events from June 27th to July 3rd. Enjoy tasting wine at the world’s first rooftop vineyard, celebrate an early Independence Day at the historic Richmond Town House and much more!

Monday, June 27th

Socrates Sculpture Park celebrates its 30th anniversary with the outdoor exhibition LandmarkThe outdoor museum and public park in Long Island City will  feature eight artists whose work represents both the physical and symbolic change in the landscape of the park. The exhibit is curated by ARTPORT and showcases the works of Abigail DeVille, Brendan Fernandez and Cary Leibowitz. Viewing is opened from 10 am to 8 pm and is free to the public. Look up directions to the park here.

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Arguably one of the most famous ceilings in the world, the mural high above Grand Central Terminal’s main concourse is as fascinating as it is awe-inspiring. While much has been written about it, one detail that seems to be overlooked is hidden in plain sight, the proverbial fly-on-the-wall. Or in this case, a fly on the ceiling.

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The newest addition to the World Trade Center, Liberty Park, will open next week, a Port Authority representative told DNAinfo. Across from the South Pool of the 9/11 Memorial, visitors will be able to walk along pathways complete with a lush green atmosphere, similar to that of the High Line. (more…)