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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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Queen Andrea Mural-Aczenzi Plaza-Williamsburg-Brooklyn-Jarrett LyonsQueen Andrea Mural at Ascenzi Square. Image via Summer Streets

This month was the unveiling of a new QUEEN ANDREA (a.k.a. Andrea von Bujdoss) mural at Ascenzi Square, located in the triangle formed by North Fourth Street, Roebling Street and Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg. In vividly colored lettering, it greets passerby “GOOD DAY” and “HEY YOU” as they approach the intersection, which is adorned in lights.

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The City Reliquary is a quirky museum located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that shows off New York City’s artifacts and ephemera: whether it is the permanent shrine to Dodgers great, Jackie Robinson or an exhibit looking at classic barbershops, this not-for-profit glorifies the city’s past.

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Established in 1865, the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) has been stopping fires and saving lives for over 150 years. As New York’s Bravest, they serve more than 8 million residents within a 320 square meter radius across all five boroughs. Here are our top 10 secrets of the historic group.

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Lavish, eccentric, mysterious, and exclusive is what someone would call The Illuminati Ball. Recently, Untapped Cities had the opportunity to step into the secret world of one. The Illuminati Ball, a production created by playwright and director Cynthia von Buhler, was inspired by leaked photos from the infamous Surrealist Party hosted by the Baron and Baroness de Rothschild in 1972. A night of immersive theater, von Buhler describes the play as “a surreal, bourgeois dinner party filled with power struggles, morality tests, and anthropomorphic escapades.”  (more…)

Barretto Point Park-Hunts Point-The Bronx-Floating Pool-NYC-3Photo by Malcolm Pinckney via NYC Parks

Among New York City’s 520 miles of coastline and far from the hordes of people that crowd New York’s more popular beaches are a host of lesser known parks offering waterfront access, panoramic views, and even natural wildlife discovery. The city published a map of all of New York’s public waterfront space, but we’ve picked out some of the most interesting from each of the five boroughs. Check them out!

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