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It’s the second season of The Blacklist and Reddington is already up to no good. We’ve been documenting the film locations so far, just like we did with Season 1 and decided to share them with you early in the season as you guys have been asking for them. We’ll be continuously updating this article with new content each week. As you know, The Blacklist is filmed in New York City, which stands in as Washington D.C., its suburbs, and all the international locations Red and the team go to. Last season, they didn’t do much to conceal the New York locations (Meatpacking as Belarus?) but this year you have to know New York City pretty well to recognize some of the locations. Without further ado:

Cunard Building

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Children-Flying-Kites-Park-Staten-Island-Field-Manhattan-Skyline-Untapped Cities-Nasha VirataPhoto from FreshKills Park Alliance

 Since 2009, Untapped Cities has covered the transformation of Staten Island’s Fresh Kills from the world’s largest garbage dump into FreshKills Park, the second-largest in the city and roughly three times the size of Central Park. The deliberate change of the name Fresh Kills to FreshKills may seem a bit odd but it doesn’t compare to the amazing fact that New York City is replacing a giant pile of trash–the largest man-made structure on earth–with a park over the course of 30 years.

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Fordham-armory-untapped-nycArmory Hall at Fordham University. Image via Fordham.edu

New York City’s historic armories can be seen all around the city, and are currently used for all kinds of purposes in addition to some that retain their original function. They were built between the 18th and 20th centuries for New York State volunteer militia, serving as storage of arms and housing. These monumental fortresses were meant to remind the public of the military’s might and ability to maintain domestic law. Thankfully for us, the militia took great care in designing their fortresses and we have been left with remarkable armories that remind us of an important time in our city’s history. Some still function as National Guard posts, but many have been repurposed since the mid 20th century.

Here is a list of the remaining armories in the five boroughs of New York City.

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This year’s Open House New York is coming up the weekend of October 11th and 12th–and we’re not the only ones getting excited for this year’s events at some of our favorite New York City locations. Every year, the country’s largest architecture and design event puts on an impressive number of great events to educate the public about architecture and design culture in NYC. Our favorite OHNY events are the tours of locations that are usually closed to the public and although not all have been announced quite yet, we’ve highlighted 16 locations so far that you should check out:

We know that some of our favorite locations are being reopened for OHNY tours this year. These include:

1. TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport

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Tours of architect Eero Saarinen’s rarely open TWA Flight Center will be given on Saturday, October 11th. Check it out before it gets converted into a hotel. See our interior photographs here.

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By the time New Amsterdam was founded in 1664, sundials had been around for millennia. More than that, they’d been replaced by clocks and were antiquated time-keeping objects. Nonetheless, sundials continued to persist and can be found all over New York City. While a few them are in working order, the sundials are remarkable for their historical range, with pieces constructed anywhere from the late 17th century to the present day. These 10 NYC sundials range widely in style and age, creating a mosaic of artistic periods. These unexpected sightings in New York City can be easily mistaken for just art pieces, so when you’re walking around keep an open eye.

1. Sun Sculpture, New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

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Last year, we rounded up 10 of our favorite off-the-radar museums in New York City, from the Troll Museum to the museum that’s just in a freight elevator. It’s been so popular, we’re expanding that list with ten more unique finds.

1. Treasures in the Trash Museum

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When was the last time you visited your local sanitation garage for a gallery tour?  Over the course of 33 years, sanitation worker Nelson Molina has collected thousands of items that can tell stories about NYC and its people arguably better than any hallowed institution could. His carefully curated collection titled “The Treasures in the Trash Museum” has its home in a sanitation garage on the Upper East Side. For more details, see our past coverage of this cultural marvel.

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