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In recent years, vintage barber shops are making a comeback in New York City. The new generation of barber shops offer high quality cuts using traditional techniques and fancy products, but more often than not come with a hefty price tag. Nevertheless, many of these aspire to evoke a sense of the classic, old-world charm that still exists in the city. Some of these businesses are still going strong, but many are threatened by dwindling customers and gentrification. As a nod to those who have inspired the new breed of barbershops, here are 10 authentic vintage barber shops that have been serving customers for at least 50 years, and counting. (more…)

Spread across the five boroughs of New York City, the Fire Alarm Telegraph Stations stand in City parks as reminders of the City’s efforts decades ago to improve the efficiency of its fire fighting system. They are architecturally distinctive buildings set in bucolic park settings, with minimal signage to indicate their purpose. (more…)

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…)

3rd ave el-bowery-nyc3rd Ave El over the Bowery in the 1890s. Image via Wikipedia

As New York City evolved and changed into the cosmopolitan city it is today, so did the transit lines connecting the city to the boroughs and Long Island. Here are 12 subway and rail lines that have been built, abandoned, then destroyed in New York City since the late 19th century some because of the construction of parallel underground lines, others because of changes in service patterns. With the triumphant return of the W line in the (supposedly) November 2016, we’re remembering some lines of the past. (more…)

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In Ridgewood, Queens just a few minutes walk from the L train stands a new brewery and taproom which is redefining the phrase “Do it yourself.” The story behind the new Bridge and Tunnel brewery and taproom is almost as unique as owner and operator Rich Castagna himself. He grew up in the area and now has opened a new business only a few minutes from the Wyckoff hospital where he was born.

After graduating from college, Rich discovered a love for traveling and spent many years in South Korea and the western United States, but his love of beer began in Germany and England. While he was in Europe he discovered the beauty of cask ales and was introduced to local craft brewing out in Montana. Craft brewing had yet to arrive in the eastern part of the country and it was while out west that he began his long adventure with one goal in mind: brewing great beer.

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©Photography By Ronald G. Chicken 2007Houdini’s monument in Machpelah Cemetery. Image via houdini.org

In Glendale, Queens, near Cypress Hills Street and the Jackie Robinson Parkway lies a small, isolated Jewish burial ground called Machpelah Cemetery. Despite Machpelah Cemetery’s somewhat abandoned state, one of the most famous men in the world is buried near its entrance: Harry Houdini.

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