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For over 100 years, the arch in Washington Square Park has been one of New York’s most famous monuments. Located in Greenwich Village, it was dedicated on May 4, 1895 to George Washington to celebrate the centennial of his presidential inauguration. It has since overlooked years of city history and cultural shifts. But while everyone is familiar with its exterior, the interior of the arch remains fairly mysterious. Closed off to the public, only a few people a year get the privilege of stepping inside of it. Here are some exclusive photos from inside the historic arch.  (more…)

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At Carmine Street Guitars located in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, owner Rick Kelly combines history and superior craftsmanship to make some of the most desired guitars in New York City.

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1-Mika Tajima Meridian Gold Untapped Cities copyA new art installation in Long Island City. Image via SculptureCenter

July is arriving with a splash, literally, in the form of an 8,000-square-foot mural on a pool and mists of water vapor giving off golden fluctuations every two seconds. When visiting New York City’s best art installations this July, viewers may also go bird-watching at the Winter Garden and enjoy colorful new Essex Street Market murals. Our parks unfold a whole host of installations this month, including a two-headed goddess enlightening us with The Language of Things at City Hall Park and showing us how Art in Public Spaces should enhance our lives.

We will go back in time to view the early works of a famous New York City street photographer and honor what was once the Greenwich Village studio of an iconic artist. Finally, we will have a new and engaging Midnight Moment through the end of the month. Here are 11 installations and exhibits you might enjoy during the month of July.

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Some things are better when they’re new but most things just have that irreplaceable charm when they’re old, like these classic New York City butcher shops. NYC was once filled with meat markets on almost every corner, however, today only a handful remain and we’re lucky that they do. With authentic butchery techniques that are more than half a century old, quality meats and shop locations around the boroughs, there is no doubt that New Yorkers are continuing to support family owned businesses.

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The theaters in and around Times Square have incredible architecture and history, but for almost sixty years, there has been another incubator for plays and performance making history and influencing the Great White Way far south of 42nd Street.

The Off-Off-Broadway movement started around 1958, when a young Italian-American gay man opened up a cafe where he and his friends could get together and share poetry, music and art. Eventually those friends  started writing and performing plays in the Caffe Cino, which got the ball rolling on an entire theatrical movement.

The Off-Off-Broadway movement still thrives today.
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Grove Court in Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village is one of New York City’s most beloved neighborhoods, renown for its Bohemian history and its stately charm today. With its winding streets and hidden alleys, you can still find many secrets despite how expensive and chic the neighborhood has become.

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