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Rediscover your city: Urban discovery and exploration in NYC and around the world
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    G2V, Jonathan Prince's newest public art installation at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in Manhattan's Midtown East neighborhood, can be seen either as a vestige of the past or a remnant of an advanced alien civilization.…

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    In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Grand Central Terminal, we will be exploring all aspects of the terminal, from its most famous attributes to its hidden treasures. This article is the first installment of a 3 part series revealing the secrets of Grand Central.…

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    In celebration of Grand Central's centennial, this article is the second installment of a 3 part series revealing the secrets of Grand Central.…

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    In celebration of Grand Central's centennial, this article is the third installment of a 3 part series revealing the secrets of Grand Central.…

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    The tropical foliage and pond inside the Ford Foundation Building. Source: KRJDA. On a walk west on 42nd Street from the neo-Gothic-infused neighborhood of Tudor City, the Ford Foundation Building introduces a dramatic change of scenery. It stands somewhat fortress-like, its exterior giving few hints about the building’s true architectural brilliance. Of course, from the outside, you’re also blind to the full brilliance of the landscape architecture within.   Inside the building, a lush tropical garden on the ground level forms the focal point of an enormous and sunlit 10-story glass atrium. Amazingly, keeping this garden watered doesn’t deplete city utilities; the building’s roof captures rainwater, and during dry periods, the garden is kept healthy with a stored water supply. Glancing up towards the roof, the greenery continues. Ferns and vines hang down from girders above, and small trees are visible from the top floors. The garden’s serene aura is…

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    Menacing and grotesque, the inflatable union rats make their presence felt no matter when they are placed—but did you know that there’s a bronze version of the same located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan? …

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    We went inside the ruins of the once world-renowned Lutèce Restaurant in NYC, which was featured on Mad Men and other films.… Read More

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    Learn about the history and emergence of NYC's Lexington Avenue which wasn't originally part of the Commissioner's Plan of 1811 that laid out the city grid.… Read More

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    The 10 Most Architecturally Extraordinary Consulates, Embassies and Foreign-Owned Buildings in NYC
    NYC has many consulates, embassies and foreign-owned buildings most of which are lavish Gilded Age mansions. Here are 10 of the most architecturally extraordinary ones.

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    12 of NYC’s Newest Landmarked Designated Buildings in Midtown
    After conducting a study of Midtown East, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) recently designated 12 historic buildings in NYC as city landmarks.