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Marilyn-Monroe-Tom-Ewell-The-Seven-Year-Itch-1955-Billy Wilder-Untapped Cities-NYCMarilyn Monroe & Thomas Ewell on The Seven Year Itch (Photo via Art-Stew)

A breeze, a pair of famous legs, and a couple thousand horny onlookers all drove director Billy Wilder insane. Almost 60 years ago, on September 15, 1964, Billy Wilder was shooting a scene that would push the boundaries of Hollywood in the 1960s and would be the most iconic moment in the career of superstar and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe. What most do not know however, is that because of the raucous Marilyn Monroe’s legs (and other parts of her body) did to young men surrounding the set, a bit of movie magic had to be done so the scene could play as it did on screen. As a result, not all of it was filmed in New York City as it seems.


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When you enter into the subway at the Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum stop, perhaps after seeing the monumental Swoon sculpture in the Brooklyn Museum,  you may notice something a bit out of the ordinary for a subway station. There are artifacts embedded into the walls, many with faces peering out at you.


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Photographer Bruce Davidson tells the story of how his stunted endeavor in feature films sent him back to his “roots in still photography.” He grabbed his camera and took to the dimly lit and graffiti-strewn New York City subway cars, taking photos of riders, waiters, lovers, and more. The photos he uncovered have popped back up on sites like Imgur, so we put together this small selection of his photographs from 1980, which are featured in his book, Subway.


Source:  Ferrara Bakery and Cafe

 In a city with so many wonderful bakeries, we thought it might be fun to explore some of the oldest, especially while we’re in the midst of National “Eat Dessert First” Month in August. All of these bakeries date from 1892 to 1904, located in Little Italy, East Village, Yorkville and Carroll Gardens. (more…)

frank-lloyd-wright-guggenheim-museum-nyc-original-001The Guggenheim’s original four story tower built by Frank Llloyd Wright’s son-in-law, William Wesley Peters. Image via Guggenheim

In a city where nothing is sacred and almost every architectural landmark is liable for an overhaul (take 5 Pointz for instance), it may come as no surprise that many of NYC’s most famous museums had also undergone many drastic changes over the years.  Just how drastic some of those changes were may shock you though. We’ve mentioned in the past how you used to be able to drive up to front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (in an era when most people didn’t have cars yet no less), but now we’re going to provide you with this list of photos portraying the original incarnations of NYC’s most famous museums.


Polo Ground Steps Reborn

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