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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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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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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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Brooklyn-based street artists FAILE (the duo Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller), have brought a new piece Wishing On You to Times Square, part of the Times Square Arts program. More than just a temporary street art piece, this installation located between 42nd and 43rd Street, is a real thinking piece–a deliberate juxtaposition of traditional architecture and modern iconography. As the artists describe, “Wishing On You is an interactive installation that speaks through the district’s graphic language and invites visitors to explore the contemporary ideas of ritual, myth-making and worship in the commercial mecca that is Times Square.”

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With start of the school year coming up, Untapped Cites is uncovering the hidden and little known past uses of some of New York City’s colleges. Today we look at the main campus of Hunter College, which is housed in four large buildings centered around Lexington Avenue and East 68th Street, following up on our first piece on Vanderbilt Hall at NYU.

Hunter College on the Upper East Side is the epitome of an urban college campus. Ironically, for a college that lacks a quad or even a nearby public park, it is located on part of the site of Hamilton Square, a planned park that never came to fruition.

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