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Over the years, especially recently, New Yorkers might have noticed some odd structures and art installations popping up along the streets of New York City. These objects have ranged from giant rats and buttons to feathers, bagels, different kinds of animals and tiny replicas. Though some no longer exist, we thought it would be fun to highlight some of the abnormally large or small objects that have sprung up. Thus, here’s a list of some objects that have appeared throughout New York City with the wrong dimensions, some of which might surprise you if you’ve never run into them.

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BrooklynInProcess-Jeffrey Man.-002jpgMcCarren Park Pool model. Unless otherwise noted, all photos are by Jeffrey Man, courtesy of Usagi NY Gallery.

New York City’s landscape is constantly changing. Everyday we walk under scaffolding, around boarded-up sidewalks and through a symphony of jackhammers. But for those who want a closer look at what happens before the bricks pile up, there’s a new architecture exhibition that’s not to be missed. It’s called “Brooklyn in Process” and will be at Usagi NY Gallery in DUMBO, Brooklyn until March 12th.

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We thought we were well-versed in the world of New York City’s hidden restaurants (after all, we wrote a whole book about it). But nothing quite prepared us for the awesomeness of this hole in the wall in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, near the Untapped Cities office. And when we write hole in the wall, we mean it literally. There’s no name, no sign, no hours, no menu, no door to walk through. Just a rectangular cutout from a storefront grate, just by the intersection of Kingston Avenue and St. John’s Place, behind which a man from Jamaica is serving up delicious Caribbean food.

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Project Features Residents' Stories of NYC's Prospect Heights To Raise Awareness About Development_Intersection_Brochures_Untapped Cities_Stephanie GeierGuides featuring Prospect Heights residents’ stories

You can never run out of things to do in New York City’s neighborhoods, allowing residents to take pride in and create memories of their neighborhood. Thanks to a project aimed at raising awareness on the changes taking place in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights, called Intersection/Prospect Heights, residents can choose their most cherished places in Prospect Heights and write about why those places are important to them. Printed guides, available around the neighborhood, featured the stories of six different residents.

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In our latest Behind the Scenes Tour, a series produced in partnership with the NYCEDC, we brought Untapped Cities readers into the Sims Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT). This state-of the-art, 11-acre recycling facility along the Sunset Park waterfront opened in December 2013, having survived the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy while under construction due to the foresight of numerous flood protection initiatives.

The Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility is the anchor to New York City’s curbside collection program, processing all plastic, metal, and glass collected by the Department of Sanitation. But the location’s technological features extend beyond just the recycling process itself – the building and site incorporate many sustainable elements.

Here are 10 fun facts we learned on our behind the scenes visit:

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Hiking in New York City? Yep, you can do that. It’s not always necessary to drive out into the middle of nowhere to find the solitude of a forest or trail – you can find it right here in New York City and in any of the five boroughs. Most of the trails go back to the Native Americans era and were formed thousands of years ago by natural processes, maintained now by the NYC Parks Department. All you need to do is gather up your gear and hop on train or bus to get there!

So before winter arrives, check out these peaceful nature trails, which are perfect for explorative walks, jogs or bike rides.

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