Canal Street Post it War-Havas Worldwide-Horizon Media-Agency-NYCCanal Street Post-It War. Image via DNAinfo video.

In 2011, Paris became embroiled in a new kind of war – a Post-It Note War between the corporate offices of companies like L’Oreal, BNP Paribas, video game company Ubisoft. Now, advertising agencies on Canal Street are going at it with pop culture references (“Becky with the Good Hair,” “Hello from the Other Side,” YOLO) and veritable works of art (the Empire State Building, the Simpsons, Spiderman). Even some low-brow content: “POOP” and offers for free beer. NY1 broke the news and DNAinfo followed up with a drone video, but since then a Van Gogh/Banksy masterpiece was created.


PiratesCave_SheridanSquare_Untapped CitiesDon Dickerman in his Pirate’s Cave at 133 Washington Place in Sheridan Square, 1916. Photo by Jessie Tarbox Beals, via the Library of Congress

In 1916, Don Dickerman opened a tearoom called the Pirate’s Cave at 133 Washington Place in Greenwich Village. Tearooms were all the rage in Greenwich Village at this time, particularly around Sheridan Square, where one could find such quaint dining establishments as the Mad Hatter, The Mouse Trap, and Will O’ the Wisp in the tiny, dark basements of old brick and timber buildings. Although he called it a tearoom, the Washington Place eatery primarily served as a place to display the hand-painted pirate-themed wooden toys that Don Dickerman made in his nearby Sheridan Square art studio.


World Trade Center Liberty Park-Construction Site-May 2016-NYCLiberty Park Construction at the World Trade Center site. Photo via @WTCProgress, May 6, 2016.

Liberty Park, an elevated park at the World Trade Center site, is scheduled to open this summer (though there isn’t an exact opening date yet), according to DNAinfo. In 2013, the New York Times reported that this park, which will clock in at just over an acre, was the development’s “best kept secret.”

For tourists, Liberty Park will offer a view onto the 9/11 Memorial and will sit alongside the St. Nicholas National Shrine, designed by architect Santiago Calatrava who was behind the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. The shrine will not open until 2017. For residents, the elevated park will provide a new pedestrian connection over West Street, and a far nicer one than the infrequent cross walks and utilitarian bridges. For the Port Authority, the elevated park conceals a functional purpose: the WTC vehicle security center. 



In honor of the warm weather (hopefully) dawning on the city soon, we thought we’d share a list of New York’s most notable swimming pools–from historically significant ones in ruins, a floating public pool in the works, to ones crowning five star hotels. What follows is a list of notable pools around the city.

1. Woolworth Building Pool

Woolworth Building-Pool-Pompeii-Wurts Brothers-Vintage Photo-NYCThe Woolworth Building‘s Pompeii inspired pool (photo via New-York Historical Society)

In the depths of the the Woolworth Building, one of New York’s most iconic landmarks, rests the remnants of a Pompeii-inspired pool. Covered extensively in our The New York City That Never Was column, the pool was designed by Woolworth Building architect Cass Gilbert and used until 1999 as part of the Jack Lalane health club. Today, it is undergoing renovation as part of the partial conversion of the Woolworth Building into luxury condominiums.

Check out our photos of the pool in its abandoned state, pre-renovation. Note our upcoming tour of the building, led by Cass Gilbert’s great granddaughter


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This past Friday, May 13th, at a vastly underreported event given the backing of Ripley’s Believe it Or Not, a Norwegian named Stein Hoff began a solo rowing expedition across the Atlantic Ocean from North Cove Marina, in Battery Park – the recent scene of the America’s Cup. Hoff is recreating the first transatlantic rowing of the Atlantic Ocean from 1896, a feat that two Norwegian Americans, George Harbo and Gabriel Samuelsen completed in an 18-foot oak boat over the course of 55 days. Harbo and Samuelson also left from New York City, but from Battery Park. Their record would not be broken for 114 years, but the 2010 journey required four rowers.