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Photo via National Lighthouse Museum

The National Lighthouse Museum, just a few minutes walk from the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island will have its grand opening on August 7th, as recently reported by The New York Times. But what may be most fascinating to our readers, beyond the new museum, which had a soft launch last year and is already open to visitors is the history behind the site, a former quarantine station, and the abandoned buildings that can still be seen. In fact, the National Lighthouse Museum is the smallest building in the complex, in a foundry that once was part of the U.S. Light-House Establishment.

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Our readers have been eating up our roundup of film locations for the hit Netflix show Orange Is the New Black, but we wanted to share more in detail about the semi-abandoned Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center, which serves as the exterior film set of Orange Is The New Black. The locale combines two of our favorite things: urban exploration and film locations. In fact, Untapped Cities reader James Garcia, a filmmaker and paranormal investigator, headed back to Orangeburg, New York this past weekend on our suggestion to capture more shots of both the set area and the creepy abandoned buildings–he’s been filming this complex for quite some time. If you’re a fan of the show, you’ll recognize many spots.

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This is the abandoned Orange County Government Center. Would you save it? It was built in 1970 and abandoned in 2011. It sits in the town of Goshen, New York, on the outermost fringes of the New York City Metropolitan area. It’s as far out as you can get while still being pulled ever so slightly towards midtown Manhattan, like a comet is pulled towards the sun.

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In our monthly showcase, Untapped Cities Street Art Columnist Christopher Inoa highlights the top five New York City graffiti and street art pieces found on the city’s walls, rooftops and tunnels. 

The cold of winter is finally behind us. Spring is returning to New York City and that means more art can be found on the streets. Goodbye big heavy coats and hello galleries and murals. Some of you may be rusty because you’ve been inside all winter, but the artists featured here kept working during the unpredictable weather this month. Here are five pieces of extraordinary art from some of NYC’s most popular graffiti and street artists, all waiting to be found and Instagrammed.  (more…)

Urban exploration is a hot topic these days and the new documentary “Urban Escape” that was first screened at Videology in Brooklyn will have its Paris premiere this Saturday. Featuring familiar New York City urban explorer like Steve Duncan, as well as Bob Unsee in Detroit and Scott Haefner in San Francisco, the film by French reporter Mélanie de Groot Van Embden and photographer David de Rueda follows a host of explorers throughout the United States. The documentary presents an examination of the practice of urban exploration–both the constraints and dangers, and the transcendent reasons why people continue to explore abandoned and inaccessible spaces. “We’re attracted to ruins because they remind us of our mortality, make us see that everything we create is finite and our place in the universe is really small,” says one of the explorers in the trailer.

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We know you guys love to read about New York City’s abandoned subway stations, reveling most recently in a Fun Map of these subterranean fascinations. But what about subway stations that were built but never used? An article today about from Second Avenue Sagas about the 7 line extension station at Hudson Yards, awaiting passengers as the rest of the mega development is completed, reminded us of these. Here are 5 never completed or barely used subway stations in New York City:

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