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The New Yorker Hotel at 34th Street and 8th Avenue is one of those storied Manhattan icons – so much history and so many secrets, it’s hard to whittle them down. The Art Deco building, completed in 1930, is renown for its setback architectural style and famous sign but inside, you’ll discover something new on every visit. As a handy guide, we’re getting you started with ten of our favorite secrets that we learned while touring the hotel with Joe Kinney, senior project engineer at the New Yorker Hotel and creator of the archives and museum. He’s been on the hotel staff since 1996.

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The new Public Art Fund installation, David Shrigley: MEMORIAL is on view at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza at the southeast corner entrance of Central Park. Here, the artist explores the historical significance of granite public monuments in a comedic tone by honoring the mundane act of making a grocery list in this 17 foot high by 7 feet wide installation. Items range from “mayonnaise” to “tampons” to “cleaning stuff” and “shelf brackets,” carved in an-all caps serif font.


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Built for the 1964 World’s Fair, the New York State Pavilion is a major focal point of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. Designed by architect Philip Johnson, it brought millions of people together under its “Tent of Tomorrow” to celebrate culture, technology and the achievements of mankind. Even in its current state, the Pavilion – with its circular theater, three observations towers, and 100-foot high, elliptical ring – is a sight that’s hard to miss.

There has been plenty attention on the New York State Pavilion in recent years, which has sparked a formidable preservation movement that has not only prevented its demolition thus far, but also helped usher in much needed upgrades and public access events. Now, the City Reliquary Museum will hold an exhibition devoted exclusively to the monumental structure, opening on September 29th.


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    Over the last year, metal roll down gates around the Lower East Side have been receiving colorful facelifts thanks to the 100 GATES Project, which has been slowly transforming the neighborhood through a collaborative effort between local businesses and street artists. Now, just as the summer draws to an end, the 100th gate at Katz’s Deli, featuring a cat with bulging eyes, will be completed on Wednesday by artist L’Amour Supreme.

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    You know those old C trains with the ribbed metal pattern on the outside and gray seats on the inside? Often the air conditioning is broken and the cars make for a jerky ride. Well, the future is finally here in the form of the R179 train, long delayed and over budget. The first set of cars arrived for testing at the Overhaul Shop in the 207th Street Rail Yard in Inwood last week, as posted to Instagram by the New York Transit Museum. The first car, #3014 was delivered on September 6th.