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As August comes to a close, the eclecticism of New York City events is still evident with a historical re-enactment, an urban planning potluck, and special museum events.

Monday, August 24th

Named in honor of the Whitney’s new address, 99 Gansevoort Street, 99 Objects is a series of in-gallery programs focusing on individual works of art from the Museum’s collection on view in America Is Hard to See.

Tuesday, August 25th

The Design Trust for Public Space will have its second Public Space Potluck this summer at Staten Island’s Pier 1 from 6-8pm, in front of the National Lighthouse Museum and a short walk from the Staten Island Ferry. RSVP to attend, and bring a dish to share.

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D. T. Valentine's Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York Plan of the City of New York-Made and Swamp LandMap via Boston Public Library

Back it the early days of New York, Manhattan was narrower, swampy and full of things called slips, narrow slivers of harbor left for boats as landfill extended the coastline. This map from D. T. Valentine’s Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York, currently on display at the Boston Public Library’s American Revolution exhibition We Are One: Mapping the Road from Revolution to Independence, maps the “made and swampland” of New York City and a bit of Brooklyn (then Long Island) in 1856.

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The Battery SeaGlass Carousel Untapped Cities AFineLyne

The much anticipated SeaGlass Carousel is opening in The Battery today. The glass and steel chambered nautilus designed for the Battery carousel was designed as a throwback to the original home of the New York Aquarium. The SeaGlass Carousel brings to life an underwater experience, complete with music presented by SiriusXM, with a sound and light system to emulate the feel of an ocean environment.

Ten years in the making, the carousel was opened for the first time at a press preview yesterday. Conceived by the New York based studio, WXY Architecture + Urban Design, who were also the architects for such projects as the Times Square Visitors Center, Hudson River Park Activity Buildings, The Battery’s Bosque, the resplendent interior is by George Tsypin of the George Tsypin Opera Factory and the Artistic Director and Production Designer of the Olympic Games in Sochi, 2014.

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Grand Central Terminal Armchairs-Wing Chairs-Love Seats-Fiberglass-NYC

As part of the renovation of Grand Central Terminal, red and green armchairs were placed in the dining concourse in 1998, modeled after the luxury wingchairs on the 20th-Century Limited Trains. The insignia on the chairs were the original logo of the terminal, in which Cornelius Vanderbilt placed a secret reference. As reported by The New York Times, the letters GCT in the symbol are formed such that when upside, the T becomes an anchor–an homage to Vanderbilt’s start in the ferry and shipping business.

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Roy Lichtenstein Penn Plaza Untapped Cities AFineLyneRoy Lichtenstein sculpture at the corner of Seventh Avenue and 33rd Street

Earlier, we reported on the construction progress of Plaza 33, a pedestrian plaza opened on 33rd Street next to Penn Station and Madison Square Garden. Now open for a week, it’s become a popular lunch and hangout spot. With a view toward art, music and food, Vornado Realty Trust has put their best foot forward in creating a welcoming environment designed by New York City-based firm W Architecture for commuters, locals and tourists.

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The Untapped Cities team is headed on a trip soon, which has us thinking about the secrets of the New York City’s essential infrastructure. If you’re flying internationally especially, but also domestically, you’ve definitely experienced the ups and downs of John F. Kennedy Airport. The next time you’re stuck on the line for security or trying to get out of customs, read up on these 10 fun facts. It just might make your trip a little more tolerable.

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