New York City has hidden history, landmark buildings and notable characters who thread through every neighborhood. This map collects all of these stories and we provide the most recent stories each week.

Larry Liedy, Your Neighborhood Ambassador to New Brighton

Here’s the week of April 13 – April 19:


Here’s What We Saw During Our Illicit, Behind-The-Scenes Grand Central Tour During the tour we were shown the “secret” sub-basement, the glass catwalks, the hidden staircase inside the information booth, the Tiffany clock that overlooks 42nd Street, and Track 61 under the Waldorf-Astoria, which allegedly holds FDR’s old private train car. (Gothamist)

The Double Check Businessman This anonymous businessman sculpted in bronze became an enduring memorial after 9/11, often mistaken by rescue workers for a survivor amidst the rubble. (Atlas Obscura)

The Double Check Businessman

The New York Building Inhabited Entirely by Creative People A group of friends is keeping the bohemian spirit of Greenwich Village alive in a Ninth Street townhouse — at least until September. (New York Times)

Hamilton Art Mystery at City Hall: Lost, Stolen or Never There? A British scholar insists New York City Hall somehow managed to lose the 19th-century painting on which an Alexander Hamilton stamp was based. How and when the painting was lost — if it ever was — is unclear. (New York Times)

Those Huddled Masses: Were They in New Jersey, or New York? While Ellis Island was historically part of New York — despite being just 1,300 feet from Jersey City and over a mile from Manhattan — a 1998 Supreme Court ruling determined most of the island is in New Jersey. (New York Times)

Prostitutes, Sewing Machines and Performance Art — No. 53 Wooster In the decade prior to the outbreak of Civil War Greene Street, one block to the east, became the center of Manhattan’s red light district. It spread west to the Wooster Street address by 1857. (Daytonian in Manhattan)

Chapel That Survived Sept. 11 Attacks May Not Survive Rent Increase As a result of the neighborhood’s recovery, which the chapel helped bring about, St. Joseph’s rent more than tripled in 2014, to $264,000 a year. (New York Times)

A Day in the Life of a Food Vendor He immigrated from Bangladesh 23 years ago, and is now one of two partners in a halal food cart that sets up on Greenwich Street close to the World Trade Center, all year long, rain or shine. (New York Times)


Hannibal Buress, Your Neighborhood Ambassador to Williamsburg Hannibal Buress talks about his favorite places in the neighborhood. (Village Voice)

A Tour of The City Reliquary A treasure trove of NYC memorabilia in Williamsburg. (Splice)

Staten Island

Larry Liedy, Your Neighborhood Ambassador to New Brighton Larry Liedy is the owner of Liedy’s Shore Inn. (Village Voice)