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We’ve mentioned the abandoned level below Times Square before in our piece about abandoned subway levels and platforms in New York City. But this is the first time we’re featuring some images of what it looked like when it was operating and after some years of abandonment.

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The New York City subway carries many secrets, like any extensive system that was built over time. But the NYC subway also comes with it quite a bit of lore–from its urban explorers who have explored every nook of its vastness, the technological feat it was to build in some of the toughest Manhattan schist, and its evolution from high-class experiment to mass ridership.

No list of subway secrets can be complete, so we see this article as an evolving entity. We’ve started with our favorite secrets but encourage you all to comment and Tweet at us (@untappedcities) with other hidden gems. Special thanks to Matt Litwack, author of Beneath the Streets: The Hidden Relics of New York’s Subway System for contributing his finds to this piece.

1. The Many Abandoned Levels and Platforms of the NYC Subway System

Disused platform and subway entrance at Chamber Street

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Our recent fun map about the farmhouse that moved from the Upper East Side to Greenwich Village reminded us of all the other buildings in NYC that were literally picked up and relocated. Here’s a list of these migrants and their stories!

1. The Empire Theater on 42nd Street

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Image via Cryptome 

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This could be the reason so many parts of the world hate us. We do not mean to spoil the party, but for the second year in a row, we are left flabbergasted by the amount of attention Sharknado gets both in online and social media. Sure we can all agree that Sharknado 2: The Second One is not a good movie, because that’s the point. Besides being bad, this movie is just boring. But because we love you guys so much, we took one for the team and we paid enough attention to give you the NYC film locations used for the Syfy original movie Sharknado 2: The Second One. (more…)

With so many buildings  in the NYC skyline demanding our attention, we rarely train our eyes to the drab concrete and subway grates beneath our feet. But the city sidewalks also have much to offer. From a floating subway map etched in the ground to the ruins of the city’s first tavern, these five sidewalk spots make it worth watching your step next time you’re trying to dodge the crowds.

1. The Maiden Lane Clock

Next time you’re in the Financial District, if you happen to find yourself on the corner of Maiden Lane and Broadway, look down! You’ll find a beautiful (and working) clock beneath your feet, a sidewalk advertisement for William Barthman Jewelers located a few steps away. The store has been there for over 130 years, surviving multiple attempts at gentrification–so give them some credit and watch your step!

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HBO debuted their latest television film this past Sunday, an adaptation of the 1985 off-Broadway play The Normal Heart. Directed by American Horror Story and Glee show-runner Ryan Murphy, the play is based on Gay activist Larry Kramer’s experience’s during the early years of the AIDS crisis, along with his creation of and expulsion from the Gay Men’s Health Crisis.

The film, as well as the play, is direct, emotional and confrontational. More so than entertainment, both are a call to arms to help and support those affected by the AIDS virus while damning the ignorance of those in office who did little or nothing to help with the disease when it simply known as “the Gay disease.” Moved by the story, we listed a few locations used in the film, which gives us a glimpse into Gay culture during the early 1980′s.

1. Fire Island Pines

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