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The Roof Garden Psycho Barn Untapped Cities AFineLynePsychoBarn, the house from the movie Psycho is recreated on the rooftop of the Met Museum

May is the month to get back out into New York City’s parks (if you haven’t done so already), with a plethora of exciting art installations from Brooklyn Bridge Park to the High Line to Harlem. There will be pieces to see in plazas and public spaces from The Battery to 59th Street; from the roof garden at The Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center. Also don’t miss some of this past year’s best outdoor installations which will be coming down in May and June.

Here are 16 art installations not to miss this upcoming month!

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Did you know Harlem was once the second largest Jewish community in the United States, and the third largest in the world? In 1917, it was home to more than 175,000 Jews. Join urban historian Marty Shore as he leads Untapped Cities readers through the sites of Jewish religious life in the remarkable urban settlement of Read more.

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Maya Angelow 58 west 120th st harlem Untapped Cities AFineLyne

The renowned author, poet and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou, passed away in May 2014 at the age of 84. She called Winston-Salem, North Carolina her primary residence, but owned a townhouse in the Mount Morris Park Historic District of Harlem that she also called home. As we walked by her townhouse over the weekend, we noticed the door open, and we were graciously permitted to take a peek.

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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…)

Harlem YMCA WPA Mural

As Black History Month comes to a close in 2016, we decided to explore an overlooked artistic gem in Harlem. The Harlem Branch of the Y.M.C.A., which is located at at 180 West 135th Street, contains an exquisite example (though in need of a thorough restoration) of a rare African-American contribution to the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The building itself has also been in the news recently as one of the many backlog properties which the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission will decide in the near future if it merits a landmarks designation or should be calendared and face potential demolition. At last week’s publi meeting, the Harlem Branch of the Y.M.C.A was prioritized for designation.

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Black Panthers film screening Untapped Cities Black History Month AFineLyne-.jpg.1280x720_q85Panthers on parade at Free Huey rally in Defremery Park, Oakland, July 28, 1968. image via theblackpanthers.com

The annual celebration of Black History Month is a time to recognize the achievements of African-Americans throughout the history of our country. It is also a time to remember the struggles for freedom and justice. The roots of this celebration take us back to 1915, when historian, Carter G. Woodson and minister, Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), known today as the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH). In 1926, this organization sponsored a national Negro History Week during the second week of February, to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976.

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