04/11/14 12:00pm

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Brooklyn Heights was the first-ever New York City neighborhood to be designated a historic district. But did you know there’s also a Brooklyn Skyscraper District?

For over a decade the Brooklyn Heights Association and a coalition of residents rallied against Robert Moses, who proposed routing the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway through the heart of a neighborhood with over 600 pre-civil war structures. Had this proposal come to fruition, hundreds of historic homes would have been demolished.  After nine years of legislative maneuvers, Brooklyn Heights was designated a historic district in 1965, paving the way for other neighborhoods to seek the same protection. There are now 109 historic districts and 20 historic district extensions across the city.  (more…)

04/11/14 10:00am

Mad Men season 7 Untapped CitiesPhoto Credit: AMC via Flavorwire

We’re pretty psyched for Mad Men’s return to AMC on Sunday. Before season 6, we published the Mad Men Guide to NYC, full of places featured in the show where you can still go to feel like a partner at SC&P. Now, for season 7, we’ve got the scoop on which venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn will be airing episodes on Sunday nights.   (more…)

04/11/14 9:00am

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Located on the grounds of Bronx Community College a 630 foot open air monument to the history of the United States is neglected by its citizens and student body. The Hall of Fame for Great Americans has been in the University Heights section of the Bronx for over 100 years. It was built as a tribute to the soldiers of the American Revolution, who fought to retake this part of the city, which was then occupied by the British army.

Founded in 1900 by the former  chancellor of New York University Dr. Henry Mitchell MacCracken, The Hall of Fame for Great Americans was the first official Hall of Fame celebrating the people who helped form the identity of the United States.


04/10/14 3:00pm

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04/10/14 2:00pm

NYPD officers and conductor with commuters on City Hall platformTurn of the century New York police officers in the old City Hall Subway Station

It’s getting nicer out, so the thought might cross your mind to grab an ice cream cone on a lazy Sunday. If your hands are full, don’t even think about putting that cone in your pocket, or you may be committing a crime. In NYC, it is illegal to transport an ice cream cone in a pocket, specifically on Sunday.

Today we’re looking at strange and crazy laws such as this one. Find out what other laws you may be breaking with this list of 10 of the strangest New York state laws. (more…)

04/10/14 12:00pm

Month of Scorsese-Martin Scorsese-Taxi Driver-Robert De Niro-Untapped Cities-Film Locations-NYCRobert De Niro and Martin Scorsese filming Taxi Driver (Photo via The Hollywood Reporter)

This is our second installment in our month long look back at the NYC films of Martin Scorsese. This week, we look into the locations for one Marty’s masterpieces: the depressing and violent crime film Taxi Driver. Winner of the coveted Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1976 and nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. This film was somewhat responsible for the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. After viewing the film, John Hinckley Jr began fantasizing about killing Reagan to impress Jodie Foster. Hopefully none of you try anything so drastic as we go through 10 NYC locations used in Scorsese’s classic.