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A Loss I’d Not Heard Of

That fine and abandoned country manor house is the Hunter Mansion, completed circa 1815 on Hunter’s Island in the Bronx. Don’t feel bad about having never heard of Hunter’s Island or the mansion: they’ve both been gone for some time, and even though I know quite a bit of NYC trivia, I had never heard …

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Changing Tastes

The main observation deck at the Empire State isn’t the very top, the 102nd floor. That’s a basically a drum with windows. The main observation deck is the 86th floor, where there’s an outdoor terrace and indoor space. The last time I was there – admittedly, some years ago – there was a souvenir stand …

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