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In the Spring of 1915, a German U-Boat (U C-5) was captured off of the east coast of England. It was then placed on exhibition on the Thames in London. In October 1917, the submarine was transported in sections to the United States, where it ended up in Central Park. The sections were transferred from “freight ship to lighters which were brought to a pier at 131st Street. Here, a powerful wrecking crane transferred these sections to heavy horse-drawn trucks. It took forty-two big draught horses to haul the heaviest section from the pier to the park.” According to The New York Times, the submarine was transferred to “the sheep pasture” (now Sheep Meadow) in Central Park via a parade that passed through Manhattan Street to 125th Street, to Seventh Avenue, to 110th Street, to Central Park Wast, to the Sixty-sixth Street entrance to Central Park.”

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Drill Hall transformed for the current art installation 'Tears Become Streams Become'

Drill Hall transformed for the current art installation ‘Tears Become Streams Become’

The Park Avenue Armory, known for their larger-than-life art installations has put together a blend of architecture and music that is sure to delight even those who think they’ve seen it all. It began in a restaurant in Paris when the Armory’s artistic director, Alex Poots introduced the Scottish conceptual artist Douglas Gordon to the French pianist Helene Grimaud.  It was in the sharing of their thoughts that this installation Tears Become….Streams Become was born that has literally flooded the Park Avenue Armory.

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Somehow, we’ve arrived close to the end of 2014. In the week before Christmas, here are our top event picks to ring in the holiday cheer from a Bar Car Night at the Botanical Garden to a 5K fueled by hot chocolate and beer to a tour of the American Academy.

Monday, December 15

New York Adventure Club is headed uptown to the American Academy of Arts and Letters at Audubon Terrace. The free tour through the members’ rooms, portrait gallery, library, and current exhibition gallery. After, they’ll visit a local eatery for a quick bite to eat! See photos inside the Academy here.

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Over the weekend, we had the chance to get up close and personal with artist Tom Fruin’s newest plexiglas and steel sculpture Watertower 3: RV Ingersoll, now standing atop 334 Furman Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The third in a series of unique water towers composed of recycled materials personally gathered by Fruin, it’s the second to display atop a Brooklyn rooftop (the first standing on the roof of  20 Jay Street in DUMBO). Created in tribute to the iconic NYC watertower that stands on top the rooftops of many buildings in NYC, the sculpture can be viewed in numerous vantage points throughout the park, which has partnered with Fruin for this year-long installation.  (more…)

New York City is after all, a city on the water. This week, we’ve rounded up the Instagram photos from our readers that combine the architectural skyline and the city’s rivers. Hashtag #UntappedCities on Instagram and Twitter if you would like to have one of your photos entered in the running for our weekly “Best Of”column. Also, you can keep an eye on what contributors and readers are checking out by browsing the live feed.

Looking at the Empire State Building by 212sid

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