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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.


Bernard Rosenthal’s “Alamo” or the Astor Place Cube. Picture via Flickr | serenitbee)

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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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Later this month will be the first occurrence of everyone’s favorite celestial happening in New York City, Manhattanhenge. The urban phenomenon was coined by Neil de Grasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History. de Grasse Tyson also sets the dates and times for Manhattanhenge each year, which for 2016 are:


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Whispering galleries and benches are well-documented phenomena (science!), but it’s something that still gets even jaded New Yorkers excited. The Whispering Gallery at Grand Central Terminal is probably the most famous (and over run) and the one in Shakespeare’s Garden in Central Park, the Charles C. Stover Bench the more recent cool kid in the bunch. But there’s another bona fide whispering bench we just tested, located at Columbia University between Low Library and St. Paul’s Chapel. 


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William Shakespeare is not only one of the most widely read English authors, but also one of the most easily recognizable, with his beard, mustache, and oblong shaped head. As a result, he has been commemorated and memorialized throughout New York City. Below, we explore some of those many places where you can find references to the Bard of Stratford-Upon-Avon.