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Women's National Republican Club-Rockefeller Center-Midtown-Andrew Carnegie-NYC-2View of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Rockefeller Center elevated gardes from the balcony of the Women’s National Republic Club. Photo by Corey William Schneider.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral is one of the landmarks of Midtown Manhattan. Its Neo-Gothic aesthetic contrasts starkly with the Art Deco Rockefeller Center, thereby ensuring that no one walking on Fifth Avenue will miss its grandeur. The main part of the Cathedral was completed in 1878 and designed by architect James Renwick. St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which served as the sear of the Archdiocese of New York, has recently undergone a thorough renovation and appears to be sparkling like new. The next time you find yourself in Midtown, stop by St. Patrick’s and be impressed by these 10 facts about one of the City’s most famous Cathedrals.
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In these, the dog days of summer, it’s rare to see a pair of trousers extended to their full length. Plenty of people even wear a special garment called “shorts.” This article of clothing has been subjected to a truly absurd amount of debate, especially on the topic of whether or not it’s appropriate for a man to wear them. This is ridiculous. Wear whatever you want, your masculinity can withstand showing a little knee. While I’m not an enemy of shorts in general, regardless of the gender of the person wearing them, I prefer not to put them on myself. If you, like me, insist on not wearing shorts, there are two ways to send a breeze around your ankles in long pants—cuff them or roll them up (versatile!), or get the more clean-cut look of pants cut a few inches above the anklebone.

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Storefront for Art and Architecture at 97 Kenmare Street

Even if you haven’t been to an exhibit at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in Nolita, you’ll recognize its unique deconstructed facade of windows that open and close. Some visitors don’t even know which opening is the official front door and people have been known to climb in through the windows, Storefront tells us. Founded in 1982 and dedicated to presenting innovative and provocative work at the intersection of art and architecture, the Storefront for Art and Architecture has an impressive archival collection of material that includes original artwork and wild conceptual designs, from some of today’s leading architects like Diller + Scofidio, Steven Holl and Lebbeus Woods.

Led by curator Chialin Chou, who began work on the archives two years ago, the Storefront for Art and Architecture archives will officially open next Thursday in Industry City. We’re excited to offer this sneak peek of the space as well as announce an new partnership with Storefront to show readers materials from the archive, as a new primary source for our column The New York City That Never Was.

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Wall Street Pearl Street-Street Signs-Slave Market-NYCNYC’s Slave Market was located at what is now Wall Street and Pearl Street. Image via Flickr by bradhoc

When you think about slavery, New York City rarely comes to mind, but there’s actually a deep history entrenched in the streets and buildings of New York. As we showed before, the Underground Railroad had a large presence here and finally this year, in an effort to recognize #blacklivesmatter, New York City has finally acknowledged that it was once home to one of the biggest slave markets in the country. In June, Mayor de Blasio unveiled a new plaque marking the spot on Wall Street where the slave market once stood, dedicating it to the thousands of enslaved people who passed through.

Inspired by this historic event, here are 10 things you may not have known about New York City’s slave market.

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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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