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The Park Built on Forgotten Ghost Towns

Fifty years ago, thousands of residents were forced from their homes for a massive dam. But then squatters reclaimed their homesteads and nature slowly took back the land.

The Truth About New York’s Legendary ‘Mole People’

Two decades after NYC sought to relocate its infamous tunnel-dwelling denizens, a years-long investigation reveals a few hardy souls still toiling and thriving beneath the city.

The Vice and Vagrants of Old-School Gowanus

It’s now a seven-million-dollar property, but this one-time electrical substation along Brooklyn’s infamous canal was once a funhouse for runaway teens and renegade punks.

The Life Aquatic

As South Street Seaport’s redevelopment resumes in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, a beloved maritime museum struggles to hold on to its precious patch of NYC.

The Surreal World

An overzealous experiment with communal living descends into a madhouse of shouting matches, bedbugs and aspiring artists gone wild.

Adam Purple and His Guerilla Garden of Eden

Long before the Lower East Side became the land of cafes and condos, it was a blank canvas for the city’s most determined squatter and his ever-expanding community garden.

The Guardian of the Chelsea Hotel

At Manhattan’s fabled artists' enclave, new owners are determined to turn the page on a bohemian past. But for one longtime employee, the hotel’s rock stars, icons and ghosts...