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Weegee-Lovers-at-the-movies-International Center of Photography-NYCLovers at the movies, New York, ca. 1943. © Weegee/ International Center of Photography

Legendary New York photographer Weegee liked to be ‘invisible’ when taking his noir-infused images–and a new exhibition “Weegee: At the Movies” at Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas, shows just how close he got to his subjects without them even noticing. Stills show film-goers in the ’40s oblivious to his lens in the gloom of the cinema–kissing couples, popcorn eaters, laughing children and men sleeping–a far cry from his more well-known crime scene photographs.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park-Salt Marsh_Construction_Credit Julienne SchaerBrooklyn Bridge Park Salt Marsh before, photo by Julienne Schaer

With all the activity along Brooklyn Bridge Park these days, it can be hard for visitors (and even some newer residents) to recall what the New York City waterfront looked like even just a decade ago. After all, it was only in 2011 that the city’s comprehensive waterfront plan, Vision: 2020 was passed. But this document was a culmination of various waterfront redevelopment projects already in place, some from the mid 1980s, a manifestation of both grassroots and governmental push to rethink New York City’s “last borough.”

March 10th, 2015 will mark the 5th anniversary of the popular Brooklyn Bridge Park and the organization has shared with Untapped Cities before and after photographs of the piers and greenway, a reminder of how the changes that have come to this area of Brooklyn. The captions are written by Maureen Lynch, Communications Manager for Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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Harlem Hellfighters New York City WW IThe Harlem Hellfighters

When New York’s all-black 369th Infantry Regiment set off to fight in World War I, they were men without rights at home or in the military, sent on a mission to “make the world safe for democracy.” One could have forgiven them for serving with cynicism. Instead, they were some of the most decorated and accomplished American soldiers of the war, and on February 17, 1919, they finally got a parade to celebrate their heroism.

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George Washington Bridge-Steel Tower Lights-President's Day-NYC-005Photo by Dark Cyanide

While it is fairly well-known that the exposed steel towers of the George Washington Bridge were not part of the original Beaux-Arts design (check out the pink granite exterior it was supposed to have), what’s not commonly known is that they get lit up, unannounced, for holidays a few times a year. A smaller-scale program like that on the Empire State Building. Yesterday, the towers were lit for President’s Day and the photographer Dark Cyanide shared us these shots he took (while almost floating away on the bed of ice).

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Police Lodging House New York CityPolice lodging house

This year President’s Day comes on the heels of the coldest night of the winter, a fitting time to remember that one of our favorite president’s, Teddy Roosevelt, once kicked thousands of homeless people into the streets.

The story begins with Jacob Riis and his puppy. Riis is best known for his photo essay, How the Other Half Lives, a damning expose New York’s tenements. But before he was a famous social reformer, the Danish immigrant was on hard times himself, struggling with homelessness in the 1870s.

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A spiral staircase leans precariously in the Nurses' Residence.

We’re doing a bunch of fun events with Will Ellis, the author of Abandoned NYC and Untapped Cities columnist, over the next few months. We hosted the first book talk when Abandoned NYC was released, and we’ll be hosting it again on February 25th at WeWork West Broadway. Tickets are also going fast to his guided tour of Dead Horse Bay in March. He’s curated this list of New York City’s abandoned hospitals for us, a remnant of a darker medical past when the diseased and undesirables were placed far from civilization.

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