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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. 

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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

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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.

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There are two important facts New Yorkers sometimes forget about their city:

  1. New York is a colossus of concrete and steel superimposed over one of the greatest natural harbors on the globe. It’s easy for modern city dwellers to forget just how vital these waterways once were to the city’s identity and survival.
  1. New York’s cultural core is Dutch. Everything from its celebrated multiculturalism, to its capitalist drive, down to some of our favorite foods and pastimes where brought to us through Dutch New Amsterdam. We at Untapped Cities like to remind you of this. We also offer a tour that closely explores our Dutch cultural heritage.

Port Cities NYC, an immersive performance piece conceived, written and directed by South African-born and Brooklyn-based artist, Talya Chalef, artfully weaves both these points together.

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We’re excited to announce our second annual tour, on June 11th, to Execution Rocks, a storied lighthouse in Long Island Sound, not far from City Island and Hart Island in the Bronx.

According to popular lore (and still claimed by the Travel Channel), Execution Rocks was named because of the executions that took place there under the British authorities before the American Revolution, who chained prisoners to the rocks at low tide to be drowned. There is no historical evidence that this is true, though a serial killer claimed to have done some of his macabre deeds near the island in 1920. The official history of the island’s naming refers to the dangerous passage for ships around the rocks at low tide.

The lighthouse was designed by architect Alexander Parris, who also built Boston’s St. Paul’s Cathedral and Quincy Market. The original granite for the lighthouse was quarried from Manhattan in 1840, excavated in the construction of the Hotel Continental, located at Broadway and 41st Street, and brought out to Long Island Sound by barge. The granite lighthouse tower went up in 1849 and the lighthouse keeper’s house was built in 1867, in a neoclassical style.

The tour, which we’re producing in partnership with New York Adventure Club, is led by a Philadelphia-couple who has been lovingly restoring Execution Rocks after buying the decaying lighthouse from the United States government for $1 in 2009. More details below: