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New York, New York

Shinran Statue

Hiroshima survivor on Riverside Drive.
New York, New York

Grand Central Ceiling Dark Patch

A dark patch of the ceiling at Grand Central Terminal which was not restored is still stained brown by tobacco.
New York, New York

The Standard Oil Building

This curved Manhattan building was built to house the opulence of John D. Rockefeller's oil empire.
New York, New York

Broken Kilometer

One kilometer of thick brass rod laid out before your eyes.
New York, New York

Hare Krishna Tree

One of the few remaining American elm trees in New York’s Tompkins Square Park was the birthplace of a new religion.
Brooklyn, New York

Masstransiscope

A modern zoetrope on the New York City subway.
Queens, New York

The Golden Shopping Mall

An easy to overlook storefront hides some of the most authentic and regionally diverse Chinese food in New York.
New York, New York

Jean-Michel Basquiat Commemorative Plaque

The artist and New York City icon lived, worked and died in this converted carriage house owned by another iconic artist, Andy Warhol.
Brooklyn, New York

Coney Island Museum

An oasis of calm amid the chaos of the boardwalk, the museum traces the heritage of this beloved beachside amusement park.
New York, New York

Museum at Eldridge Street

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

The Location of Paul's Boutique

The iconic Manhattan corner that was once the site of the Beastie Boys' fake clothing store.
Brooklyn, New York

Vinegar Hill

Walk into the 19th century without leaving Brooklyn.
New York, New York

Giant Needle and Button

There must be a pun in this haystack somewhere...
New York, New York

Union Square Metronome

The most confusing clock in New York.
New York, New York

41 Cooper Square

This exemplar of modernist architecture is meant to captivate and inspire students of the Cooper Union.
New York, New York

The Players

A posh members-only club with a literally dramatic history.
New York, New York

Lenin Statue at Red Square

Salute the leader of the proletariat.
New York, New York

Greenwich Locksmith

Phil Mortillaro uses keys to bring art back to the Village.
New York, New York

The Oldest Fence in New York

Built hundreds of years ago this downtown iron barrier once protected a much despised king.
Brooklyn, New York

Deno's Wonder Wheel

One of the most enjoyable bits of history at Coney Island and “the most romantic ride in the world.”
New York, New York

Tammany Hall

The notorious headquarters of a corrupt political machine.
New York, New York

The Brown Building

The site of the deadly Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.
New York, New York

Castle Williams

In its day this historic fort held 100 cannons pointed in almost every direction to protect New York.
New York, New York

Church of the Intercession

A Manhattan Episcopal church with an eerie underground crypt.