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Alexander Hamilton-Aaron Burr-Duel-Pistols-JP Morgan Chase Bank-270 Park Avenue-NYC-2The dueling pistols used by Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, located in JP Morgan Chase headquarters 277 Park Avenue, New York City. Photo via Aaron Burr Association

Alexander Hamilton has become so trendy, he’s made it to the Grammy’s, as demonstrated in last night’s performance of the Broadway musical’s opening song “Alexander Hamilton” (see video below). The climactic moment of this song, when Aaron Burr sings “And me? I’m the damn fool that shot him,” as Hamilton’s story is irrevocably connected to his death in a duel with Burr. 

Most people know that Hamilton is buried in the Trinity Church graveyard, that the duel took place on the coast of Weehawken, New Jersey, and that he was taken to the home of William Bayard who lived on present day 82 Jane Street in Greenwich Village. He died in front of a fireplace that is now in the Gracie Mansion ballroom. But did you know that the dueling pistols are located in the headquarters of J.P. Morgan Chase, on 270 Park Avenue?

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NYC-Times-Square-signage-lights-nightGarish billboards are a common sight in Times Square. Image via Wikipedia.

Whether you’re a local or visitor, you are bound to have stepped foot in Times Square at least once. Located within the “Special Midtown District,” Times Square has its own set of zoning rules. In fact, the garish billboards that have became the hallmark of Times Square are not a coincidence, but planned down to the smallest detail from the minimum surface area of light on street frontages, where signage must face, to the mandatory level of brightness for illuminated displays. With more than 360,000 pedestrians passing through Times Square everyday, it is no wonder many stores have joined in the competition and add a little extra to their usual signage displayed elsewhere.

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The aftermath of the Wall Street bombing. Source: NYC History

We’ve revisited the scenes of prominent murders and suicides throughout New York City. While stories of gangster shootings are always a headliner, here we take a look at crimes of a different breed, from heists that have inspired movies to a deadly terrorist attack in 1920 whose traces still remain. 

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Inside the former Bank of Manhattan in Long Island City for the No Longer Empty exhibition, How Much Do I Owe You?

The theme for No Longer Empty’s exhibition opening on Wednesday is broad and anything but simple. In a way, the title says it all. ‘How Much Do I owe You?’ A straightforward question we use in our everyday lives. Yet, if we delve a bit deeper, it could take on a vast array of different meanings, depending on the social and political context. Each artist featured in No Longer Empty’s upcoming exhibition in the abandoned Bank of Manhattan  in Long Island City was asked to create a site-specific work commenting on financial exchange.

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Bank vault in the former Bank of Manhattan in the Clock Tower, Long Island City

Urban explorers, architecture buffs and art lovers alike will relish this opportunity to fully explore the former Bank of Manhattan  in Long Island City’s Clock Tower when the latest No Longer Empty exhibition, “How Much Do I Owe You?” opens to the public on Wednesday, December 12th. As the event’s media sponsor, Untapped New York was given the chance to do some exploring so we can share with our readers this space, which has been closed to the public since the mid-1980s. We will also be offering an exclusive tour led by No Longer Empty and Untapped New York to a select number of lucky readers in January, please sign up here.

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