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All of the guidebooks will tell you the Empire State Building is 102 floors, 1250 feet, or 1454 ft counting the antenna. BUT, there is actually a 103rd floor. Only a select few ever get to see it (reporters, celebrities, engineers). It is off-limits to the general public. Originally, when the building was under construction, there was no antenna, but instead plans for a mooring station for airships, but high winds made it impossible. Passengers would have disembarked on this 103rd floor. The 102nd floor would have acted as a customs station and port for entry to the United States. The 103rd floor is now home to broadcasting equipment and a hatch to the antenna. There's also a little outdoor view. They had to lower the ground outside the door leading to the view to make it safer. The walls likely would've come up just around your hip!
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A spooktacular start to the Halloween season with a historic ghost tour of the neighborhood led by @boroughsofthedead beginning with a candlelit drink in the garden of The Merchant’s House, the most haunted house in all of New York City.

It is 1909, and the construction of the Queensboro Bridge has finally completed. The project cost 18 million dollars and 50 human lives. Some delays include the collapse of an entire span during a windstorm, and the attempted dynamiting of another span by angry workers. The city will charge a 10 cent toll to drive over the bridge when it opens to the public on March 30th. Come on down folks! 50 people died for this! .
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Ellis Island...window to a new beginning. #nyc_explorers #nyc #ellisisland #oldnewbeginnings #nychistory

#DashingDan, also known as the “Dashing Commuter,” became the official logo of the #LongIslandRailRoad in 1959. His decaled image appeared on all passenger cars and locomotives, as well as charming accessories and souvenirs.
In 1963, Dashing Dan met his match with the introduction of his partner, #DashingDottie! To welcome Dottie to the Dashing family, adorable cocktail sets were produced in May of that year. Between 1966 and 1968, Dan and Dottie were phased out, and the #LIRR adopted a new logo.

Today, you can still find Dashing Dan on our vintage Long Island Rail Road caboose at the #NYTransitMuseum in Brooklyn! @mtalirr @lirr_history #railroad #commuterrail #commuterline #trainstagram #nychistory #newyorkcity #nyc

Melancholy, longing, love... all things I felt watching the procession of the San Gennaro icon in lower Manhattan last night. Glass box ultra luxury condos dominate the area that was America’s most dangerous slum when immigrants from Naples first began arriving. This replica of the San Gennaro icon in Naples acts as a sort of spiritual antenna to Gennaro’s devotees. The procession —think of it like a drive-by blessing —is similar to what has been practiced in Italy for centuries. In 2018 the church which also serves as a national shrine sold its rectory and piazza-like yard to a real estate developer for over $14 million. Nearby at Old Saint Patrick’s, the Archdiocese sold the school for $32 million and you can buy an apartment in its old orphanage starting at $7 million. It seems that truly, nothing is sacred except the persistence of the San Gennaro tradition. New Yorkers, don’t act snide about the crowds and cheap fried foods. It’s a piece of the city’s soul.

On August 31st 1932, more than 700 people packed on to the Empire State Building’s observation deck to view a partial solar eclipse. According to a contemporary article in the NY Times, in the days before, the city was filled with "vendors of smoked glasses, bits of colored celluloid, and strips of exposed film shrieked their wares on street corners, and their slogan was as pretentious as the spectacle: 'The eclipse for a nickel. The eclipse for a nickel.'"

In 1948 a man named Denos proposed to his bride-to-be by offering her the Wonder Wheel 🎡. She said yes and 40 years later they were the proud owners of this romantic ride.
#RideJuno #35mm

Thirty eight years ago today: ‘The First Party ... 105 Second Avenue at Sixth Street, NYC ... Midnight ... Members $10 Guests $20 ... One Guest Per Member' 🌟🎶🌟 By the time I got there, in 1985, “it was nothing like legend claimed. Music pumped aggressively, festive lights soared across the psychedelic planetarium dome high above the main dance floor, but the crowd was sparse. The Adonises that once lured men to heartbreak were long gone, their dour spirits hung about, casting shadows of melancholy. The bleacher seat orgies were replaced by people sitting alone with their cigarettes. A smattering of gawkers, like me, shook our heads with disappointment.” From Ghosts of St. Vincent’s by Tom Eubanks 💐👻
#ghostsofstvincents #TBT #thesaintnyc 🎵#instantreplay #supernature #lovesensation #letyourselfgo #forevercametoday #holdontomylove #themainevent #coulditbemagic #canyoufeelit🎵 #nychistory #nycnightlife #gayhistory #bookstagram

Twenty years ago, the Terminal underwent a massive restoration project to transform the building into the glittering destination it is today. In celebration, let’s look back on what the Terminal was like before and after.
#GCTCelebrates
Pictured: Kodak’s giant Exhibit Center was taken down for the construction of a new East Staircase and Balcony that appeared in the original design but had never been built.
Photo Credits: New York Transit Museum / MTA

#nycfact There are 50 million books at @nypl! Can anyone guess what is the largest library in the world? (Answer in stories) ☝🏾

Regrann from @urbanarchiveny - We don't often post interiors but this one is worth it! Do you know who Bashford Dean was? You should! ⚔️(photo via @musuemofcityny)⠀
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Dean was born in New York City in 1867, entered City College at age 14, and received his Ph.D in 1890 from Columbia University (in zoology and paleontology). He also had a love of amour from a young age. Some people choose one passion and go with it, Dean chose them all. He was *concurrently* full professor at Columbia University, Curator of Fish and Reptiles at the American Museum of Natural History (a department he founded) and Curator of Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (which he also founded). ⠀
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Dean and his wife, Mary Alice Dyckman Dean began renting the grand home in the Bronx known as Wave Hill in 1909 in the midst of his whirlwind scholarly pursuits. His wife was a member of the Dyckman Farmhouse family. In 1915, Dean, his wife, her sister, and brother-in-law purchased that Inwood Dutch Colonial home, restored it, and donated it to the city as a museum.⠀
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In his spare time he also designed modern helmets and body armor to protect American soldiers during World War 1. (Honestly, could this guy have been any more of a badass? 🤔) Having amassed a large personal arms and armor collection, Dean eventually planned an addition to Wave Hill known as the Armor Hall. The new wing was completed following Dean's retirement from the Met in 1927, but he passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in 1928. While some pieces were eventually displayed at Wave Hill, as seen in this photograph, many of the artifacts became part of the Arms and Armor collection at the Metropolitan Museum.⠀
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📸: Samuel Herman Gottscho⠀
1932⠀
via @museumofcityny
#urbanarchive #nychistory #bronx #riverdale #wavehill #hallofarmor #knights #historicinterior #wroughtiron #armsandarmor #bashforddean #NYCbadass #curator #fishandreptiles #dyckmanfarmhouse #metropolitanmuseum #AMNH
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[SPECIAL THEN AND NOW] Watch the full video in our IGTV Channel - Courtesy of The New Yorker Magazine. A split-screen tour of the same streets in New York City, from the nineteen-thirties and today showing the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and Times Square. {Song: Midnight Swing by Gavin Luke}

#ThenAndNowOVNY

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In #Tribeca passing the famous fire station used in the movie #Ghostbusters #WhoYouGonnaCall #NYCHistory #NYCFilms #NYCRealEstate

In #Tribeca passing the famous fire station used in the movie #Ghostbusters #WhoYouGonnaCall #NYCHistory #NYCFilms #NYCRealEstate

Saint Gennaro, the patron saint of Naples celebrated for ten days on Mulberry Street, Little Italy, NYC it’s the 92 year of the festival. I can’t image what they will do for the 100 year anniversary. #sangennarofeast #patronsaint #naplesitaly #nychistory #mulberrystreet #littleitaly #italyfood #religiousstatue #familyandfriends #nyc

We don't often post interiors but this one is worth it! Do you know who Bashford Dean was? You should! ⚔️(photo via @musuemofcityny)⠀
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Dean was born in New York City in 1867, entered City College at age 14, and received his Ph.D in 1890 from Columbia University (in zoology and paleontology). He also had a love of amour from a young age. Some people choose one passion and go with it, Dean chose them all. He was *concurrently* full professor at Columbia University, Curator of Fish and Reptiles at the American Museum of Natural History (a department he founded) and Curator of Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (which he also founded). ⠀
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Dean and his wife, Mary Alice Dyckman Dean began renting the grand home in the Bronx known as Wave Hill in 1909 in the midst of his whirlwind scholarly pursuits. His wife was a member of the Dyckman Farmhouse family. In 1915, Dean, his wife, her sister, and brother-in-law purchased that Inwood Dutch Colonial home, restored it, and donated it to the city as a museum.⠀
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In his spare time he also designed modern helmets and body armor to protect American soldiers during World War 1. (Honestly, could this guy have been any more of a badass? 🤔) Having amassed a large personal arms and armor collection, Dean eventually planned an addition to Wave Hill known as the Armor Hall. The new wing was completed following Dean's retirement from the Met in 1927, but he passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in 1928. While some pieces were eventually displayed at Wave Hill, as seen in this photograph, many of the artifacts became part of the Arms and Armor collection at the Metropolitan Museum.⠀
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📸: Samuel Herman Gottscho⠀
1932⠀
via @museumofcityny
#urbanarchive #nychistory #bronx #riverdale #wavehill #hallofarmor #knights #historicinterior #wroughtiron #armsandarmor #bashforddean #NYCbadass #curator #fishandreptiles #dyckmanfarmhouse #metropolitanmuseum #AMNH
Join Urban Archive [link in bio]

Want to see what's up stairs? Join us for wine on the terrace of this unique #Hellskitchen Penthouse from 5-6pm #openhouse📍521 W 47th #interiordesign #nycrealestate @mckenzie_foster

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