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    The 6/27 - 9/1 installation, "Robert Irwin: Scrim veil—Black rectangle—Natural light (1977)" was designed specifically for the Whitney’s light-filled fourth-floor gallery. bit.ly/17lpwjj
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    Artists used the Hebrew Bible and other sacred texts as inspiration and medium for the works at the 6/25 - 9/29 exhibit, "As Subject and Object: Contemporary Book Artists Explore Sacred Hebrew Texts.” bit.ly/18jbsnn
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    The preserved village plays host to costumed blacksmiths, shoemakers and tinsmiths as well as the Voorlezer’s House, the oldest wooden elementary schoolhouse still standing in America. bit.ly/13bq0q5
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    This Victorian Gothic cottage was home to photographer and noted badass Alice Austen, who was known for her gritty street photography—and for being the first woman on Staten Island to own a car. bit.ly/14gikep
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    John Turturro narrates the audio tour at this Park Slope site, where parts of the Battle of Long Island took place. The park itself was the location for the original clubhouse of the Brooklyn Dodgers. bit.ly/1aycn8i
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    The city’s oldest museum has an archive of more than 1.6 million pieces of art, including Hudson River School paintings and the entire collection of John James Audubon’s Birds of America watercolors. bit.ly/yifffs
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    Among the miscellany kept in storage is a pair of fake eyelashes worn by Joan Crawford. The falsies were originally part of a group of more than 80 pairs, which were sold at auction after her death. bit.ly/18pm5xf
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    This Brooklyn Heights institution’s library is filled with upwards of 2,000 maps and 60,000 photographs. More than 100 boxes are devoted to records from the Bureau of Sewers. bit.ly/16fqph4
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    This museum was the HQ for New York’s customs offices until 1971. It was also ground zero for the Stamp Act Riots in 1765,as Fort Amsterdam, when U.S. and British soldiers used it as a stronghold. bit.ly/15qshux
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    Before One Wall Street, this was the HQ of The Bank of New York. MoAF took over, opening on the ground-floor space in 2008 and becoming the second tenant in that spot in the building’s history. bit.ly/18pldqb
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    Originally built in 1893 as the First Ward School, it could hold up to 1,000 students in its more than 30 rooms. Even after being renamed, closed and then reopened, the public-school theme remains. bit.ly/19bimuo
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    This edifice is among the most storied landmarks that once housed the United Nations. It was constructed for the 1939 World’s Fair and hosted exhibits for both that event and the one in 1964. bit.ly/18jy8ch
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