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The entrance to Piaf's former home and current museum.
Paris, France

Musée Edith Piaf

This museum in a Paris apartment gives a unique look at the iconic French singer's life.
48.8662, 2.3817
The fountain.
Fontainebleau, France

Fontaine de Diane (Fountain of Diana)

Peeing dogs guard the Roman hunting goddess atop a fountain at France’s Château de Fontainebleau.
48.4021, 2.6995
A helicopter landing on the roof of the Pan Am building (now Met Life building), 1966.
New York, New York

Site of the Pan Am Helipad

This Manhattan skyscraper is a reminder of the brief but glorious age of urban air taxis.
40.7533, -73.9765
Albertine has over 14,000 books from 30 French-speaking countries.
New York, New York

Albertine

Though its celestial ceiling is impressive, the true star is the vast collection of French books.
40.7766, -73.9638
New York City Marble Cemetery
New York, New York

New York Marble Cemetery

A hidden "place of interment for gentlemen."
40.7256, -73.9909
The quaint and well-preserved Goodwin's Court.
London, England

Goodwin's Court

An easily overlooked stretch of ornate window fronts and gaslight lamps that could be right from the pages of Dickens.
51.5109, -0.1266
The Jane Hotel
New York, New York

The Jane Hotel

This historic building housed the surviving crew members of the Titanic, who were left destitute after the wreck.
40.7382, -74.0094
Very different from its neighbor back in the '30s
New York, New York

William Lescaze Townhouse

New York City's first Modernist house.
40.7544, -73.9709
Elfreth's Alley in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Elfreth's Alley

This charming colonial pathway is the oldest continuously used residential street in the U.S.
39.9528, -75.1424
The Farrin and McCullough coal hole cover
New York, New York

St. Luke's Place Coal Hole Covers

These ornate manhole covers were used for a now-forgotten purpose.
40.7302, -74.0056
Dr Seuss, Cat in the Hat, and a book with lines from Oh The Places You'll Go.
Springfield, Massachusetts

Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden

Life-size bronzes of the Grinch, Cat in the Hat, Yertle the Turtle, Sam-I-Am, and the Lorax—and the author himself.
42.1045, -72.5873
Brooklyn, New York

Abolitionist Place

This block in downtown Brooklyn was a hotbed of antislavery activism along the Underground Railroad.
40.6913, -73.9841
The gardens of Jardin d'Acclimatation
Paris, France

Jardin d'Acclimatation

In this Parisian garden's grotesque former life as a zoo it fed exotic animals to the bourgeois and put humans on exhibit.
48.8775, 2.2631
New York, New York

The Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

The home of the first American-born saint is one of the only curved buildings in New York.
40.7024, -74.0136
The door to Otto Penzler’s office in the Mysterious Bookshop, marked by police tape.
New York, New York

Mysterious Bookshop

The world’s oldest and biggest bookstore stocking only mystery, crime fiction, espionage, and thrillers.
40.7149, -74.0092
New York, New York

Preserved Remnants of 17th Century New York

Under a glass sidewalk lie the remains of some of Manhattan's oldest buildings.
40.7038, -74.0108
A symbol of the epiphany that won't make anyone uncomfortable
Hanover, Germany

Marktkirche

Striking occult iconography on a medieval German church.
52.3717, 9.7353
Washington, D.C.

Daguerre Monument

Go take a picture with the inventor of the daguerreotype photographic process.
38.8973, -77.0221
Close up of the FDR memorial near the National Archives in Washington, DC.
Washington, D.C.

First FDR Memorial

One of the most influential presidents in U.S. history wanted only this plain, elegant monument as his lasting memorial.
38.8936, -77.0237
Maya Hayuk
New York, New York

Houston Bowery Art Wall

This wall on a street corner in Lower Manhattan has been a blank canvas for a rotation of renowned artists since the 1980s.
40.7245, -73.9932
They seem to be trying to get to the "portholes"
New York, New York

Graybar Rats

Rat sculptures try to infiltrate the Graybar Building in an architectural tribute to New York City's nautical history.
40.7527, -73.9759
New York, New York

WPA Murals of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House

Magnificent New Deal Murals evoke a time when New York City harbor was one of the world's greatest and busiest ports.
40.7040, -74.0137
National Building Museum
Washington, D.C.

National Building Museum

Fittingly, America's museum of architecture is itself a magnificently designed old building.
38.8978, -77.0175
The Eldridge Street Synagogue and Museum.
New York, New York

Museum at Eldridge Street Synagogue

America's oldest Eastern European synagogue provided the immigrants of crowded Lower East Side tenements a space of sanctuary.
40.7147, -73.9935