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MemorialDayTopTenFlag unveiling aboard USS Intrepid, plus more off-the-beaten path activities to do in NYC for Memorial Day 2016

Memorial Day in New York City marks the beginning of summer with rooftop barbeques and cornerstore beers sitting in a cooler of ice. People often forget the historical and cultural significance of this federal holiday. But if you want to break away from the norm, here are 10 unconventional ways to enjoy your three day weekend in NYC.

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The New-York Historical Society Museum & Library has been a part of New York City for 212 years, collecting and preserving the history of the city and nation. It holds an incredible amount of documents and art that make the building a treasure trove of information. Holding so much history lends itself to having some secrets of its own. Why is New-York hyphenated? How old is really? What does Santa Claus have to do with it? Those and more are answered with our top 10 secrets of the Historical Society. (more…)

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Gracie Mansion, New York’s own White House, is most known for being the residence of the Mayor of New York City. But before Mayor La Guardia moved in, the house had been through its own history. The house changed hands multiple times creating a colorful history since its construction in 1799. Not only that, but the piece of land it stands on has its own interesting past previous to the mansion being built. Here are 10 fun facts about Gracie Mansion located in the Carl Schurz Park on the Upper East Side of Manhattan that we learned on a recent tour.

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Opened in time for the 2015 New York Comic Con, the New-York Historical Society exhibit “Superheroes in Gotham” has just the right balance to delight kids (who get in for free) and adults. The lobby of the museum features one of the many highlights – one of three working Batmobiles from the 1966-1968 television show.

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NYC abounds in its wealth of iconic museums, obscure museums and more. Which takes the prize for aging gracefully against the test of time? Discover the ten oldest museums in New York City in our list below.

1. The New-York Historical Society (1804)

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The New-York Historical Society Museum and Library, founded in 1804, takes the title of oldest museum in New York City. The Society changed locations eight times until 1902, when construction began on its present building on 170 Central Park West. The photo above shows the Society’s building in 1908. See past exhibits and events at the NYHS.

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Yesterday afternoon, two historic events occurred. First, the oldest known, unopened time capsule was opened with ceremonial pomp at the New York Historical Society. As we published about earlier, the bronze capsule was deposited by the Lower Wall Street Business Men’s Association in 1914 for an intended opening date of 1974, but it missed its date with destiny due to miscataloguing. Of most interest is that in the capsule there was believed to be a copy of a letter written in May 1774 at the Merchants’ Coffee House, believed to be the impetus for the united colonies and the American Revolution.

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