04/11/14 9:00am

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Located on the grounds of Bronx Community College a 630 foot open air monument to the history of the United States is neglected by its citizens and student body. The Hall of Fame for Great Americans has been in the University Heights section of the Bronx for over 100 years. It was built as a tribute to the soldiers of the American Revolution, who fought to retake this part of the city, which was then occupied by the British army.

Founded in 1900 by the former  chancellor of New York University Dr. Henry Mitchell MacCracken, The Hall of Fame for Great Americans was the first official Hall of Fame celebrating the people who helped form the identity of the United States.

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04/10/14 3:00pm

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04/10/14 2:00pm

NYPD officers and conductor with commuters on City Hall platformTurn of the century New York police officers in the old City Hall Subway Station

It’s getting nicer out, so the thought might cross your mind to grab an ice cream cone on a lazy Sunday. If your hands are full, don’t even think about putting that cone in your pocket, or you may be committing a crime. In NYC, it is illegal to transport an ice cream cone in a pocket, specifically on Sunday.

Today we’re looking at strange and crazy laws such as this one. Find out what other laws you may be breaking with this list of 10 of the strangest New York state laws. (more…)

04/10/14 12:00pm

Month of Scorsese-Martin Scorsese-Taxi Driver-Robert De Niro-Untapped Cities-Film Locations-NYCRobert De Niro and Martin Scorsese filming Taxi Driver (Photo via The Hollywood Reporter)

This is our second installment in our month long look back at the NYC films of Martin Scorsese. This week, we look into the locations for one Marty’s masterpieces: the depressing and violent crime film Taxi Driver. Winner of the coveted Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1976 and nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. This film was somewhat responsible for the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. After viewing the film, John Hinckley Jr began fantasizing about killing Reagan to impress Jodie Foster. Hopefully none of you try anything so drastic as we go through 10 NYC locations used in Scorsese’s classic.

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04/10/14 10:00am

Andy Warhol-Queens Museum-Queens-Corona Park-Untapped Cities-Art-Flushing Meadows-001Andy Warhol: Most Wanted Man No. 2, John Victor G. (Photo via Queens Museum)

This guy sure as hell is not as pretty as Marilyn Monroe. In 1964, the man pictured above, along with twelve other unfortunate souls who happened to be at the end of an NYPD mugshot camera, became the inspiration for an installation by a then up and coming artist named Andy Warhol.

Fifty years ago, before he became one of the world’s most influential and polarizing artists, Warhol sparked a small controversy during the construction of the 1964 NYC World’s Fair. On the exterior of the New York State Pavilion in Queens, Warhol installed enlarged mugshots of the man pictured above and twelve others; all taken from an NYPD booklet, featuring the most wanted criminals of 1962. The piece, titled 13 Most Wanted Men was put on display in April of 1964. While it was one of the many art displays commissioned for the fair, it was deemed offensive and was covered up with sliver paint before the fair opened. (more…)

04/10/14 9:00am

queens10Photo via Highway Host

Who would have guessed that the largest roadside restaurant in the United States was once right here in New York City? According to Highway Host, Howard Johnson’s Rego Park, Queens location was the largest Roadside restaurant in the U.S. when it was built in 1939. And believe it or not, it was quite luxurious!  (more…)