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Chris “Daze Ellis: The City is My Muse opens today at the Museum of the City of New York, an exhibit that takes you on a visual journey as Daze moves from painting trains to painting the New York City of his youth on canvas. Readers may remember Mr. Ellis from his group exhibit last year – “City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection” also curated by Sean Corcoran, the Museum’s Curator of Prints and Photographs. Here you will find a familiar and colorful display of paintings, photographs, etchings and ephemera, both recent and earlier work

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On November 21st, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will be celebrating its 51st anniversary. The bridge, spanning all the way from Brooklyn to Staten Island, and serves as the first leg of the New York City Marathon, was constructed in five years and completed in 1964. With special help from bridge expert and explorer, Dave Frieder, we’ve compiled a list of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge’s top 10 secrets.


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Roy Colmer 1976 Photo Project Doors of nYC

This is a Fun Maps and a fascinating photo series on New York City, as seen on Vanishing NY and Curbed NY: one man photographed 3,200 Manhattan doors in 1976 in his conceptual art piece Doors, NYC. Roy Colmer died in February 2014, but the New York Public Library mapped out his body of work with images of the doors attached to each pin on the map.

Here’s some background on Colmer and the project itself, along with some of his most intriguing photos from the New York Public Library Digital Collection.


The 154-foot-long gallery at Fort Tryon Hall is visible to drivers on the Henry Hudson Parkway. 

If you’ve ever driven along the Henry Hudson Parkway, you may have wondered about the vine-covered granite arches on the steep slope of Fort Tryon Park near the Cloisters at the northern tip of Manhattan. What appears to be the remnants of an old Roman aqueduct was actually part of an elaborate private driveway constructed for Cornelius King Garrison Billings (1861-1937) during the Gilded Age in New York City — with a little help from a cow.

There’s been much written about the C.K.G. Billings estate and the $250,000 driveway that led to his new mansion perched 250 feet above the Hudson River (check out Untapped C.K.G. Billings’ Mansion in Fort Tryon Park). But you may be surprised to learn that it was a milk cow that “designed” the 1,600-foot switchback roadway.


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The New York City skyline is getting a major face lift. By 2020, the city will have almost 40 new skyscrapers above 700 feet. While we’ve already compiled a list of the 10 tallest buildings in the City that either exist or are planned, National Geographic has recently reimagined New York City’s skyline with these various new planned and proposed skyscrapers. There are currently 15 new buildings higher than 700-feet being built in Manhattan and 19 other proposed. With this fun interactive map, you can explore the new developments of New York’s ever changing skyline. Light blue represents buildings that were completed from 2004 to 2015; orange represents buildings that are under construction; and yellow represents proposed projects.