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Although the Picasso tapestry at the Four Seasons Restaurant is now on display at the New York Historical Society, the iconic restaurant in New York City’s Seagram Building has offered yet another reason to stop by. A new exhibit, Side by Side by photographer Robin Hill launched yesterday, and for architectural fans it’s a must-see. The Seagram Building by architect Mies van der Rohe is a fitting backdrop, as Philip Johnson designed both the interior of this Park Avenue skyscraper as well as the Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. But the juxtaposition of the Glass House and the Farnsworth House–at least in such a formal study–is new.

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Rockefeller University's Beaux Arts campus welcomed Dan Kiley's modernist vision.

Rockefeller University’s Beaux Arts campus welcomed Dan Kiley’s modernist vision.

Dan Kiley is the most eminent landscape architect you’ve never heard of—a “seminal landscape architect,” said the New York Times in its 2004 obituary, “who combined modernist functionalism with classical design principles in more than 1,000 projects.”

Or, as the Los-Angeles based architect Harry Wolf once commented, “There are plenty of good landscape architects. But there’s only one Dan Kiley, as there was only one Le Nôtre.”

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Scaffolding-St Patrick's Cathedral-Fifth Avenue-Anderson Moran-NYC-4St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 50th Street and Fifth Avenue. Photo by Anderson Moran.

Last August, The New York Times shed light on an often-ignored piece of temporary infrastructure–the scaffolding–via a photographic seriesBiLLY BoY, the blog of Manhattan-based architecture and design firm, William Green Architecture, got inspired and did their own series, with photographs by Anderson Moran. The website, which just recently came to our attention, has been exploring what they deem “matters that are rarely, if ever explored.” Can scaffolding be beautiful? You be the judge:

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Streets of NYC-Lynn Goldsmith-Celebrity Photography-Morrison Hotel Gallery-NYCSting and The Police 8th Avenue and 37th Street, 1978. Photo by Lynn Goldsmith, via Morrison Hotel Gallery

A new exhibit, Streets of NYC, at the Morrison Hotel Gallery features thirty years of celebrity street portraits by photographer Lynn Goldsmith, that incidentally also capture a lot of New York City that has disappeared. As the Boston Globe writes, “this show is as much about New York as it is about her subjects, many of whom have also been close friends and collaborators. Some of the prints show parts of the city that no longer exist. An area where she photographed artists near the West Side Highway is now the High Line.”

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1970s HarlemJack Garofalo’s Photographs of 1970s Harlem. Photo by Jack Garofolo/Paris Match, via Getty Images

Living in New York City during the 1970s sometimes meant looking over your shoulder or trying to get indoors before dark. It’s no hidden fact that the city was not exactly at its safest during this time. Just ask The NYC Council for Public Safety, who created an anti-tourist guide to the New York City in 1975. The city was in the midst of a massive crime wave that reached its fever pitch when the infamous blackout plunged the sprawling metropolis into darkness in the summer of 1977. None of this stopped Jack Garofalo, a French photographer for The Paris Match from taking snapshots of Harlem during the summer of 1970. Recently featured on The Retronaut on Mashable, these simple yet captivating photos capture the beauty beneath the grim and gritty veneer of 70s era New York.

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We’re bringing our international (read: non-New York City) coverage back into the mix. Our off-the-beaten path guides have included Rome and San Diego. Next up: Prague.

When you first land in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, you may be momentarily disconcerted by the flurry of above ground trams or the beer being the same price as water, but there are amazing secret places just waiting to be found all throughout the city.

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