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Bronx Botanical Gardens
The New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx operates one of the world's largest research and conservation programs and a public park that over one million people visit annually. Founded in 1877, it contains over 50 varities of gardens and plant collections, including a serene, cascading waterfall, wetlands, is is also home to one of the rare (and smelly) corpse flowers.
The Thain Forest is a 50-acre plot of trees within the New York Botanical Garden, it is the largest surviving remnant of the city’s original woodland. The old-growth forest provides a rare opportunity to walk among trees that pre-date the American Revolution by centuries. The patch of trees has never been logged and has remained largely untouched. Visitors can traverse paths that follow the original hunting trails of the Lenape Native Americans and pass by marks carved by glaciers thousands of years ago.
Built in 1864, the Surgeon's Residence at the Brooklyn Naval Hospital gives off a certain haunted house vibe, despite being well-preserved and overgrown by lush greenery. Dr. E. R. Squibb notably developed a potent for m of anesthetic ether here during the First World War, having been struck by the anguish of pained soldiers who had to endure procedures without anesthetic. The endeavor cost him feeling in his fingers, but is considered a medical breakthrough. The grounds also include a cemetery.
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Jumping Jack Pump House
Not much is known about the decaying structure, beyond the fact that it was once either a power plant or pump house. Old papers found inside have led some to speculate that the plant was used up until the 1960s. But life inside the building didn’t stop after the power plant ceased buzzing to life. Based on the bits of old cars scattered around its first floor, it was likely also once a chop shop.
Loew's 46th Street Theater
Nestled in Borough Park, the once-glamorous 46th Street Theater is a wonderland of molded plaster, ornate facades, vaulted ceilings, gaudy and gilded decor, a spanning marquee and even a massive, classical fountain complete with a marble statue at its center. Its interior is now covered in a thin film of dust, and the city has battled for years over what to do with the husk that was once the crown jewel of movie cinemas in the area.
Manhattan is the oldest and smallest of New York City's five boroughs, comprised mostly of Manhattan Island, and bordered by the Hudson, East and Harlem Rivers. With over 1.62 million residents inside just 22 square miles, it's the most densely populated area in the United States, and one of the most densely populated areas on the planet. Anchored by Wall Street and the home of both the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ, it's also a global financial hub and one of the wealthiest counties in the country. Unsurprisingly, it's also considered one of the cultural and commercial centers of the world. Its iconic sites include skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building, neon-lit Times Square and the theaters of Broadway.
Contrary to what it may appear, Governors Island is not the residence of the New York Governor; the native Lenape called it Paggank, or "nut island", which the Dutch called Noten Eylandt, and the English called Nutten Island, before it was renamed sometime in the 1780s. It's a popular seasonal destination, open to the public during the spring and summer months, with a rich selection of free arts and cultural events, recreational activities, and educational programming. It's accessed by ferries from Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Wall Street & the Financial District
The Elevated Acre
In the heart of the Financial District, the Elevated Acre is a Manhattan Oasis, verdant and lush, scenic and tranquil, overlooking the rest of the busy downtown bustle.
Broadway is the heart of the American commercial theatrical industry and an essential metonym for it. There are are 41 professional theaters in the Broadway theatre sphere, each with more than 500 seats. Total attendance per year to Broadway shows is in excess of 15 million, grossing as much as $1.83 billion per year. Broadway is part of what turned New York into a thriving cultural center of the world.
The Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex is a 28-acre waterfront sports village located between 17th and 23rd Streets along Manhattan's Hudson River. This privately financed project opened in 1995. Situated on Piers 59, 60 and 61 and in the head house that connects them, the complex features the Golf Club, a multi-story driving range; the Field House, which contains numerous sports and training facilities; Sky Rink, which has two full-sized ice rinks; the Chelsea Piers Fitness health club; Bowlmor at Chelsea Piers, a bowling alley; and Sunset Terrace, a venue that hosts weddings. The complex also includes several event centers; the Studios film and television production facilities; and the Maritime Center marina for mooring private boats.
Synonymous with fashion, Fifth Avenue is considered one of the most expensive and elegant streets in the world, a mandatory destination for tourists regardless of how invested they are in the world of fashion, luxury, or haute couture. Fifth Avenue is also a traditional route for many of New York City's celebratory aprades, closing down several Sundays per year for those and other street events. Museaum Mile is technically an extension of Fifth Avenue. The reveal of Christmas window displays of Fifth Avenue is considered a high affair, and the storefronts can get quite competitive with one another.
Grand Central Terminal
Also referred to as GCT, Grand Central, and sometimes (inaccurately), Grand Central Station, the Grand Central Terminal opened to the public on February 2, 1913, Grand Central is a world-famous landmark and transportation hub in Midtown Manhattan. The distinctive architecture and interior design of Grand Central Terminal's station house have earned it several landmark designations, including as a National Historic Landmark. Its Beaux-Arts design incorporates numerous works of art; it's one of the world's top ten tourist destinations and a popular meeting place.
The bastion of the poor and working-class Irish immigrants up until the 1970s, Hell's Kitchen proximity to Broadway and increasing rent drove many peopel from the area as the multi-pronged trident of gentrification stabbed outwards from the center of the City. But make no mistake, the neighorhood still possesses the gritty charm that made its name synonymous with the School of Hard Knocks, and it's become a center of transport, medical, and warehouse support businesses for the Manhattan area.
Once considered as a prospective site for the 2012 Summer Olympics, Hudson Yards is a real estate development of office towers, residential skyscrapers, a performing arts center, the climbable Vessel sculpture, a public plaza, and a dining and retail complex.
Often considered the heart of New York City, Times Square is at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue. It's one of the world's busiest pedestrian areas and is also referred to as "the Crossroads of the World" and "the Center of the Universe." formerly Known As Longacre Square, was renamed in 1904 when the New York Times moved their headquarters to the newly erected Times building. It is the site of the annual New Year's Eve ball drop, a tradition began over 115 years ago, and it functions as a town square -- although technically it's shaped more like a bowtie.
Central Park is an urban park nestled in between the Upper East and Upper West side, over 840 acres of protected parkland right at the heart of bustling Manhattan. It is the most-filmed location in the world.
Main attractions include landscapes such as the Ramble and Lake, Hallett Nature Sanctuary, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, and Sheep Meadow; amusement attractions such as Wollman Rink, Central Park Carousel, and the Central Park Zoo; formal spaces such as the Central Park Mall and Bethesda Terrace; and the Delacorte Theater. The biologically diverse ecosystem has several hundred species of flora and fauna. Recreational activities include carriage-horse and bicycle tours, bicycling, sports facilities, and concerts and events such as Shakespeare in the Park.
The Cloisters is a museum in Fort Tryon Park in Washington Heights with an emphasis on medieval art and architecture from the Romanesque and Gothic periods, governed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and financed by John D. Rockefeller. It's notable for its exterior, the Cuxa Cloisters, originally erected at the Benedictine Abbey of Sant Miquel de Cuixa from the northeast French Pyrenees in 878, its stonework moved to New York in 1907.
Long known for its intimate jazz clubs, soul food institutions and African-American heritage, Harlem draws a diverse crowd of locals and visitors. Trendy eateries, stylish clubs and hip bars make for an energetic nightlife scene. The area features a mix of 19th-century brownstones and modern high-rises. Its main artery, 125th Street, is home to the iconic Apollo Theater, as well as chain stores and restaurants.
The wealth of world-class museums and cultural institutions along the Upper East Side's stretch of Fifth Avenue has given the blocks the moniker, “Museum Mile,” offering the most diverse art-viewing opportunities on any given mile in the country.
- El Museo del Barrio at 104th Street
- Museum of the City of New York at 103rd Street
- Jewish Museum at 92nd Street
- Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design at 91st Street
- National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts at 89th Street
- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum at 88th Street
- Metropolitan Museum of Art from 82nd to 86th Streets
- Goethe House German Cultural Center at 82nd Street
Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera
The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a 16 acre complex of buildings with thirty indoor and outdoor facilities that host 5 million visitors annually for nationally and internationally renowned performing arts organizations like the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, and the Julliard School of Music.
1 Park Lane
1 Park Lane
- Located in Upper Manhattan, 1 Park Lane is the fourth largest skyscraper in the city; the crown jewel of the newly renovated Park Lane that was restored and updated after the last earthquake. A central tower alternates between commercial, professional, and residential units; some professional and commerical businesses sharing the same floor towards great efficiency and residential units mixed in among amenities such as a library, pools, a spa, and restaurants, and so on. The outside is open air gardens, designed to make the building a 'vertical urban forest', though many of the residents and businesses use the space for their own gardens. The flora has done well there, which designers partially attribute to the symbiotic relationship with harmless mites that remove the need for pesticides and a carefully formulated and maintained soil.
- With the rest of Park Lane, 1 Park Lane has all the latest technological amenities one can imagine; from smart controls, to bleeding edge internet speeds, potent but invisible security, modular electrical grids, electro chromatic and smart glass integration, and so on. 1 Park Lane caters to the high end: professionals or gig workers looking for state of the art offices; the wealthy elite who want a modern home; or successful professionals that benefit from a closely connected network.
- 1 Park Lane opened at full capacity, and it has a tremendous wait list since its opening. Those who are in the know will eventually come across a phone number connected to Quinn Martin.
- For those in the know, 1 Park Lane has a strong resonance of symbiosis, with smaller resonances of creation and collaboration. This is also known as the "Plover Nest" among Ordo Dracul aware of the Wyrm's Nest.
New York State Pavilion
Consisting of three primary structures, the "Tent of Tomorrow", the Observation Towers, and the "Theaterama", the New York State Pavilion was, in addition to the two World's Fairs it was constructed for, home to countless TV and movie sets, including Men in Black and Iron Man 2 (Stark Expo). In the decades after the Fairs, it was neglected and abandoned, though it was briefly opened to the public for the 50th Anniversary in 2014, provided visitors signed waivers and wore hard hats. While restoration has been debated for years, no concrete plans have yet come together.
Built in 1663 as a Dutch blockhouse, Fort Wadsworth is a former United States military installation on Staten Island in New York City, situated on The Narrows which divide New York Bay into Upper and Lower halves, a natural point for defense of the Upper Bay and Manhattan beyond.
Staten Island Boat Graveyard
The Staten Island Boat Graveyard is an official and recognized dumping ground for wrecked boats, tugboats, barges, decommissioned ferries, and more. It's estimated that more than 200 vessels call this place their final resting place, sharing their mutual watery grave.
The Bow Bridge is a cast iron bridge located in Central Park, New York City, crossing over the Lake and used as a pedestrian walkway. It's decorated with an interlocking circles banister, with eight planting urns on top of decorative bas-relief panels, and it also happens to be a Tur location for the Uratha of New York City. Common Ghost Wolf meeting spot.
Death & Company
Owned and operated by the People, the middle-of-the-road bar and lounge Death and Company will occasionally have a "Sorry, We're Closed for a Private Event" sign hanging on the door, and there's a back room that admits only the People. It has one of the most extensive raw meat menus in Brooklyn, which has attracted some niche foodie interests, and it's on several popular "must visit" lists for casual dining and potent cocktails.
Wave Hill is famous public garden in the northwest Bronx along the Hudson River, with flower gardens, alpine house, greenhouses, and cultural center. This is a Tur location for the Uratha of New York City.
This Tur is located in Mahopac, Ny, Petra Island, frequently referenced as 'Hart Island' among the people, is an 11 acre island featuring a main house, 2 guest houses, a tea house, boat dock, pool, and helipad. Accessible only by boat or helicopter, the property has been in the St. Clair family since the 50's.
While it has always been a retreat to local wolves with permission from the St. Clair family, about a decade ago patriarch Johnathan St. Clair made it an open invite taking one of the guest house for himself, and leaving the main house and other guest house for the use of the people. With his death at the beginning of the year, the property has been inherited by his granddaughter Zoe St. Clair and recently been reopened to the people.
The Tribes each maintain their own designated areas that, while not off-limits to others in the strictest sense, are best entered only with an escort of the respective Tribe. This is not an exhaustive list.
Red Hook Grain Terminal
- The Red Hook Grain Terminal in Brooklyn was envisioned as a key part of Brooklyn’s waterfront, but just three years after its construction critics wrote it off as “an expensive luxury.” Underutilized until it closed in 1965, the space now sits rotting at the mouth of the Gowanus Canal. The building is made up of a series of dilapidated 120-foot-tall silos, massive grain elevators and other infrastructure that create an urban explorer fantasy. The Blood Talons use the Grain Terminal as a meeting place, to settle scores, and to "spar" with one another.
- Boon: +1 to Brawl rolls.
- There is no material path to the underground Penumbra Hall but through solid concrete and steel. The only other way to get there is to travel through the Hisil, and out again through the Hall's Loci. Underground and cavernous, the Penumbra Hall is half mystical enclave and half library, and from chambers in the back, the echo of howled rite songs can be heard. Other Tribe members are permitted here provided they have been introduced at the Hall by another Bone Shadow, and bring no ill will, and disrupt no proceedings.
- Ryan Troha has a fetish that will allow Blooded to enter the Hall.
- Boon: +1 to Academics and +2 to Occult rolls.
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Hunters in Darkness
The Devil's Playground
- The front is all boarded up with cheap plywood, and mortal eyes slip right past it. But a Hunter in Darkness knows the boltholes and the loose panels, and up the many staircases and a hatch that leads to the roof, there's a rooftop terrace with ample coverage enough that those on the rooftop can see out, but those outside it cannot see in. It is spartan, but by no means neglected, and how many different ways one has mad their way up to the rooftop is the source of some proud boasting and playful ribbing between Hunters. And while "The Devil's Playground" is a reference to the meeting spot itself, it also refers to the skyline of rooftops themselves, where Hunters play. It is often from here that many of the Hunters in Darkness will begin their hunts, sprinting across rooftops and prowling from the high shadows. There aren't any hard and fast rules about other Tribes not being allowed there, but act out and they'll know.
- Boon: +1 to Stealth rolls.
- The infamous Track 61 is supposedly still in use as a secret escape train for presidents visiting the city. Built along with the rest of Grand Central Terminal, Track 61 was never properly abandoned, as it was actually constructed to be a powerhouse and storage area for unused New York Central Railroad cars, not a passenger station. As such, it's not much to look at, but Track 61 continues to be the go-to clandestine conduit for presidents, world leaders, military generals, and even some celebrities, if rumors are to be believed.
- Boon: +1 to Streetwise rolls.
City Hall Station
- The first New York City subway was built and operated by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) and opened on October 27, 1904, to the joy of New York elevated train and streetcar riders. The City Hall station on the IRT local track was lavished with fine architectural details, including glass tiles and large chandeliers. However, the Gustavino vaulted ceilings and skylights were lost on busy commuters, and the stop was one of the least-used in the system. It's been closed to the public for decades, and the Storm Lords have taken it for their own purposes, meeting there under the shroud of secrecy.
- Boon: +1 to Socialize rolls.
- An alley behind Lucky Cat Garden in Chinatown.
- The backroom at an internet lounge in Queens.
- Janitorial closet at a subway station on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.
- A shack at a private marina in Great Kills.
- Loft apartment above Lash Forever Eyelash Extensions in Turtle Bay.
- Permanently close Arby's in Allerton.
- Manager's office at Planet Fitness in Longwood.
- Tool shed at Silver Lake Cemetery.
- A veterinary office in Hunts Points. (Contains a medical suite)