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Since the city began undergoing intense gentrification in the late 1970s, many artists have stepped up and to occupy and sometimes even reclaim places to both preserve the city’s history, but also to highlight the negative implications of gentrification, and showcase their unique artistry. The city is known for its heralded art museums, but to be showcased is a difficult feat in itself.

Take a look at 10 places in New York City that artists and musicians have occupied to showcase their skills, and preserve ideals of community building by fighting gentrification. (more…)

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Today is the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in Greenwich Village. The 1911 fire would be the most deadly workplace disaster in the history of New York City until 9/11, with 146 dead. The building, which still stands, is now NYU’s Brown Building, but in 1911 this was the thick of the city’s garment district. A fire broke out on the top floors, and the workers were trapped because the doors had been locked to prevent them from stealing or taking breaks. The fire department ladder only went up six floors, too low to reach the floors consumed by fire. The elevators could only bring down a dozen at a time, and about 40 women threw themselves out the building.

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We previously brought you the hidden history of Washington Square Park, but now get a closer look at one of the park’s and city’s most famous monuments: the Washington Square Arch. Standing at the north side of the park, it was dedicated on May 4, 1895, to George Washington as the first president of the United States. The arch has stood in this spot for over 100 years presiding over the park’s colorful and ever evolving culture and history. Here are the top 10 secrets of the Washington Arch.  (more…)

night-41-w-57th-street-untappedcities-nyc-001-640x474-3Rendering by Mark Foster Gage

The perpetual rivalry of New York City’s skyline has always most obviously been about height, as evidence by the earliest World Building in 1890 to the latest One World Trade Center. With all the talk about Donald Trump, we’re focusing this compilation about the city’s most over the top buildings – be it in decoration, materials, or other factors – that beat out Trump Tower, in our opinion. 
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watchmen-rorschach-nycRorschach from “Watchmen” in NYC. Image via thirdmonk.net

The superheroes of the comic book universes live and fight crime all over the world, many of them in fictional cities. But there are a few notable ones who call New York City home, and those who may not have been born there but have a story line there. It is important to note that many fictional cities in comics are generally modeled after New York. The most prominent example is Gotham City. Given that New York was given the moniker Gotham, we’ve decided to include some of the superheroes of Gotham to this list. So, here is a list of come of New York City’s most famous superheroes who call the city home. (more…)

Fans of the iconic Greenwich Village speakeasy Chumley’s at 86 Bedford Street will be excited to hear that not only has the liquor license been issued (following a community-supported petition), but also that the whole joint will finally re-open in mid-May of this year. The watering hole shuttered nine years ago following a wall collapse, but co-owner Jim Miller and partner Alessandro Borgognone, an owner of Sushi Nakawaza, are restoring the space. Earlier in February, the New York Times announced the news and the Chumley’s team released a DIY video on Saturday via Facebook showing some of the work. It’s the first peek most people have had of the space since the closing, and despite the home video quality, it’s pretty exciting.

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