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On September 18, 1907 New York City was treated to a spectacle most of its residents had only read about in the pages of dime novels. Ezra Meeker, a 76-year-old pioneer, drove his ox-drawn covered wagon all the way down Broadway and over the Brooklyn Bridge. Starting his journey in his hometown of Puyallup, WA, he had driven his rig 3,000 miles to mark and memorialize the Oregon Trail.

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In an age when academics and scientists love to talk about breaking down departmental silos, blurring the barrier between town and gown, and cross-disciplinary synergy, an island might seem an odd place to site an applied sciences campus. But it is on Roosevelt Island‘s meager 150 acres that Cornell University is doing just that. In partnership with Israel’s Technion Institute, Cornell won a city-led competition to develop a science- and technology-focused university campus within the five boroughs.

Since breaking ground in January 2015, construction on the first phase of the campus has sped along at a surprising clip, and it is set to open to students in the fall of 2017. Last week, Open House New York invited two of the architects behind the campus’s SOM-designed master plan to lay out what’s happened thus far and what we can expect in the coming years.

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We’ve covered the fascinating, morbid, and tragic history of Hart Island, New York City’s “potter’s field,” or mass burial ground since 1869, and even interviewed a resident who was housed in a rehab center there in the 1970s. Now, a recent New York Times exposé reveals even more stories and secrets of Hart Island, located in Long Island Sound off the Bronx, the final resting place to over one million of the city’s unclaimed, unidentified or forgotten residents. Combining new information with historical ones we’ve covered in the past, we present the secrets of Hart Island.

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Here’s what we’re looking forward to in NYC: the arrival of the Prospect Park goats, events in several Gilded Age mansions and on the city’s rooftops, a walking tour of Coney Island, exploration inside the Woolworth Building and more.

Monday, May 16th

Explore the Gilded Age mansion that’s home to the American Irish Historical Society on Fifth Avenue in Brownstone, a multi-sensory food and art event hosted by Metropolis Ensemble featuring the culinary creations of Jonah Reider, known for the supper club he created in his Columbia University dorm, the music of Ricardo Romaneiro, and many others. Tickets here.

As part of New York City’s Strand Book Store series “Discovering Design,” Chwast, along with Jack Lenor Larsen and Jane Thompson, will take part in the panel discussion “Legends of New York City Design” — showcasing lifelong design luminaries all in their ninth decade.

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