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OldNYC App Lets User Take Self-Guided Historic Tours Through New York City. It’s one thing to look up an old photo of New York City on your computer.

OldNYC App Lets User Take Self-Guided Historic Tours Through New York City

It’s another to stand at a corner, tap your phone, and learn that you’re standing just a few feet from where horse-drawn carriages once shuttled New Yorkers past a demolition site in 1900, or where the old Waldorf Astoria Hotel was knocked down to make way for the Empire State Building. This is now possible through a new app called OldNYC, which will pull up historic photos taken near the user’s current location. The app’s creators described it as akin to taking a self-guided historical tour. The photos are from New York Public Library’s repertoire of 40,000 images spanning the last 150 years. And the app itself builds on an older project of the same name, in which software engineer Dan Vanderkam geotagged the photos and placed them onto an interactive map.

Beyond making information accessible and searchable, I think the next problem is discovery. App, free on iTunes. Browse All of New York City's Landmarks In One Interactive Map. Mystery donor breathes new life into city’s oldest bookstore. The Big Apple’s oldest independent bookstore may live to turn another page thanks to a mystery mogul who has offered the $68,000 they need for back rent.

Mystery donor breathes new life into city’s oldest bookstore

St. Mark’s Bookshop — opened on the Lower East Side in 1977 — has struggled to stay afloat over the past seven years as sales plummeted amid a new location, a poor economy and digital competition. When co-owners Bob Contant, 72, and Terry McCoy, 71, fell 10 months behind on rent for the East 3rd Street and First Avenue location in the First Houses, the city took the beloved book palace to court. Secrets of New York City's Grand Central Terminal  Not only is Grand Central Terminal one of the world's most beautiful train stations, it's also one of New York's most fascinating landmarks.

Secrets of New York City's Grand Central Terminal 

Host to more than 750,000 people who pass through it daily, the station is a crossroads for locals, commuters, and tourists from all over the world. Built in 1913 by Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, it was meant to symbolize wealth and power at a time when railroads were making travel easier and more comfortable than ever before. After making a fortune on steamships, Vanderbilt turned his sights to the railroad and had the beautiful, Beaux-Arts station built using sumptuous materials like Tennessee and Botticino marble, brass, opal, and Guastavino tile. Though the famous landmark may seem well-trod by now, these eleven secrets might surprise you.

New York City's Mail Chutes are Lovely, Ingenious and Almost Entirely Ignored. Glorious example at the exquisite Fred French building.

New York City's Mail Chutes are Lovely, Ingenious and Almost Entirely Ignored

(Photo: Luke Spencer) If you have ever worked in an old building, the chances are you will have at some point walked past a small mysterious brass box . What Penn Station used to look like will make you weep with longing. In 1910, when New York City transportation terminal Pennsylvania Station opened, it was widely praised for its majestic architecture.

What Penn Station used to look like will make you weep with longing

Designed in the Beaux-Arts style, it featured pink granite construction and a stately colonnade on the exterior. The main waiting room, inspired by the Roman Baths of Caracalla, was the largest indoor space in the city — a block and a half long with vaulted glass windows soaring 150 feet over a sun-drenched chamber. The 20 rules of living in New York. A Beautiful, Handy Guide to New York's Most Iconic Buidings - That's Rather Artistic. Tuesday, April 14, 2015, by Jessica Dailey.

A Beautiful, Handy Guide to New York's Most Iconic Buidings - That's Rather Artistic

Slices of History: 8 Old School Restaurants and Bars You Need to Experience Right Now in NYC. It’s no secret that New York City is full of hidden treasures.

Slices of History: 8 Old School Restaurants and Bars You Need to Experience Right Now in NYC

The secrets are the spots themselves. Many a historical establishment still exists around the city, having been preserved or continued instead of being leveled to the ground so that a luxury high rise or skyscraper could be erected in its place. If you’re ever in need of getting back to the roots of NYC, know that there are still places out there reminiscent of a city gone by out there. After all, if you’re going to be a New Yorker, you’ve got to get down to basics and experience vintage NYC, right? Here are 8 old school bars and restaurants still around in NYC that you need to visit right now. 1. [via Viewing NYC] Here Are All Of The Manhattanhenge 2015 Dates: Gothamist. Half and Full (photos via mrgeneko's flickr and michaelnyc's flickr) Manhattanhenge is making its 2015 debut this weekend, and for those who don't know about the Event—which was first named and noticed by Neil deGrasse Tyson—here's a little primer.

Here Are All Of The Manhattanhenge 2015 Dates: Gothamist

Here Are 40,000 Photos Of Old New York Plotted on a City Map. New Book "To the End of the Line" Showcases 36 Adventures on NYC Subway Routes. There are plenty of reasons to trek out to the last stop on a subway line—and not just because you dozed off and didn’t wake up until the train jerked to a halt.

New Book "To the End of the Line" Showcases 36 Adventures on NYC Subway Routes

(For instance, you could pull a Hannah Horvath and eat some cake in the shadow of the Wonder Wheel.) In well-traversed cities, it’s hard to find anything that’s truly off the beaten path—but that doesn’t stop people from wanting to look. Welcome to Forbes. Inside look at One World Trade Center observatory, virtual tours and historic views.

Three to four million people are expected to come to One World Observatory during the first year.

Inside look at One World Trade Center observatory, virtual tours and historic views

NJ Man Leads Fight To Feature PATH Trains Prominently On The NYC Subway Map: Gothamist. Back in 1968 Should the PATH trains be better included on our subway map? Digital media strategist Stewart Mader believes they should, and he reminds us the New Jersey trains used to be incorporated—up until the Vignelli map, the PATH was prominently featured. Subway maps in New York City have a long history of including the Hudson Waterfront and subway connections between New York and New Jersey. The 1968 map displayed the H&M tunnels (labeled “PATH Tubes”), and stations (represented with black dots) more prominently than previous maps, but did not include labels containing station names.

Everything You Never Knew You Wanted To Know About Grand Central Terminal: Gothamist. Grand Central Terminal, 1944. (Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York) Did you know that when you see a Grand Central train platform in a movie or television show, it is almost definitely Track 34? Marc Yankus: The series Buildings is a timeless looks at some New York City architecture (PHOTOS). Marc Yankus In 2013, while walking around Manhattan, Marc Yankus took a photograph of the Goldman Sachs building that stands along the Hudson River in Jersey City.

When he got home to look at the image, he was struck by its sharpness and the detail of the building he could see. “It was fascinating because I felt I could feel the image,” he said. Over the next couple of years, Yankus decided to bring what he saw and felt into a series called “Buildings” that, although distinctly different than his previous work, maintains his sense of timelessness and what he calls his “nontraditional” photography. “My work is a fine line between fiction and documentation,” he said. That time NYC built a battleship in the heart of Union Square. Historic Photos From the NYC Municipal Archives — In Focus — The Atlantic. The New York City Municipal Archives just released a database of over 870,000 photos from its collection of more than 2.2 million images of New York throughout the 20th century. Their subjects include daily life, construction, crime, city business, aerial photographs, and more.

I spent hours lost in these amazing photos, and gathered this group together to give you just a glimpse of what's been made available from this remarkable collection. [Update - 50 additional photos added: More from NYC.] [Update II - Image sizes reduced by request of the NYC Archive.] [53 photos] Use j/k keys or ←/→ to navigate Choose: The-rat-paths-of-new-york.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT. The Future Of Museums Is Reaching Way Beyond Their Walls. The American Museum of Natural History has always been one of the most popular destinations in New York City. With about 5 million visitors a year, an increase from 3 million in the 1990s, it—along with the nearby Metropolitan Museum of Art—is among the top 10 most-visited museums in the world. According to its president, Ellen Futter, the museum (AMNH) is only behind Disney World and Disneyland as the top destination for families in the country.

Even with this influx of people coming to its doorstep, however, the museum is now equally focused on drawing a crowd beyond its campus. "In the old days, a visit to a museum like ours would be a one-off. You come, you visit you go home," says Futter. AMNH today is a sprawling outreach institution that is using apps, social media, and educational programs to slowly grow its reach. Mobile apps are also now playing a role in extending the museum’s reach to connect visitors to additional learning. Joe Junior Serves New York City's Best Hamburger.

NYC Rapid Transit in Maps, 1845-1921: The Street Railroads of New York and Vicinity. Mapping the Age of Every Building in Manhattan. Exploring the Creepiest, Craziest Abandoned Spaces of NYC. Will Ellis ignored his first “no trespassing” sign in 2012 when he ducked through the fence surrounding an old warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn. He started photographing the rotting interior and was immediately hooked.

The Story Behind Hess Triangle, Once The Littlest Piece Of Land In NYC: Gothamist.