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Untapped Cities and the NYCEDC will host a special tour of the normally off-limits Seaview Hospital on Staten Island, a landmarked property that that still functions as a city-run long term care facility, as part of our Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series.

Sea View Hospital was once the pride of the city’s health care system, built at great cost to combat tuberculosis. In fact, it was the most expensive city-owned health care facility. On this walking tour led by Munro Johnson, Vice President of Development at NYCEDC, see how abandoned buildings and active ones sit side by side at this historic hospital. Climb to the top of the abandoned Children’s Hospital, frequently featured in television shows like Gotham and Boardwalk Empire, step inside the network of tunnels that connect the buildings at Sea View and inside some of the abandoned spaces within the buildings. Learn the development plans for this unique site, the preservation efforts that have already been undertaken and are underway, and how the site connects to the Staten Island Greenbelt.

Here are some additional images of what you will see on this tour:

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Governors Club-Governors Island-Water Taxi Beach-NYCGovernors Island beach. Image via Goldstar

New York City may have once had a natural coastline but it was primarily marshland. Today, with continued human intervention on the landscape of the New York City waterfront, you can find some great beaches, albeit man-made. From Governors Island to Brooklyn Bridge Park, and two under-the-radar spots in the Bronx, here are seven man-made beaches to check out:

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Anna Held Audette - Suisun Bay IIAnna Held Audette (1939-2013), Suisun Bay II, oil on canvas, 26″ x 40″, 1995, catalog #223; courtesy of Louis Audette.

The Noble Maritime Collection at Snug Harbor Cultural Center opens its new exhibit, Modern Ruins, Paintings by Anna Held Audette (1939-2013)on Sunday, July 17 with a free public reception. The exhibit will feature Audette’s exploration of Staten Island’s ship graveyards and will continue through December 11, 2016.

“Audette’s paintings evoke the aura of a dark building with a single shaft of light coming through a dusty back window, or the loneliness of windshield on an abandoned truck where a vine comes back in summer, and grasps and holds its place as it climbs up it,” says Erin Urban, Noble Maritime Collection director.

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Photo by S9 Architecture / Perkins Eastman.

On June 28th, Open House New York held one of its “Projects in Planning” panels, which highlights specific development projects taking place in New York City. This time, they hosted the team behind the New York Wheel, a 630-foot ferris wheel under construction on the Staten Island waterfront.

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Macy's Fireworks over the East River on Friday, July 4, 2014. Credit: Diana Robinson/Mayoral Photography OfficePhoto via Flickr|Diana Robinson

The famous Macy’s 4th of July fireworks will be celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. The display will begin around 9 pm (after dark) on the East River, making them the most visible from Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Even though fireworks will be displayed over the East River, residents of the Bronx, Staten Island and Jersey City shouldn’t be alarmed, as they will still have access to local Independence Day celebrations. So if you’re staying in or around New York City this July 4th, have no fear. There are still plenty of ways to get a clear view of the sky.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, MAY 11, 2016. New York City Landmark the Stonewall Inn on a Spring afternoon. 05112016. Photo by Jarrett Lyons/NYCity News Service

June marks one year since the Stonewall Inn was designated an individual New York City landmark within the historic district of Greenwich Village. While the Stonewall Riots were a dramatic historical moment for the LGBT community, the movement did not start or end there. There were many smaller events and locations that gave exposure to the LGBT community in spaces used to socialize, make art, and mobilize.

Each of the buildings included in this list is a designated individual landmark and are protected as historic spaces by virtue of being located in an historic district. Historic designation reports do note an area’s distinction in LGBT history, particularly if the district was designated after the LGBT movement became prominent. The designation of the Stonewall Inn was particularly notable from a social and historical perspective, since it was generally acknowledged that the site was not architecturally or aesthetically distinguished – a clear gesture to landmark the history behind the building. 

In honor of Pride Month, we highlight ten notable LGBT landmarks and sites in New York City:

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