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The Department of Records

The Department of Records, 31 Chambers [Centre/Elk], is not exactly clickbait. But allow us to make the case.

First of all, there's the online archive of over 900,000 NYC photos. Time travel doesn't get much better than this.

But take a real-world trip to the Beaux Arts building, which opened in 1907— it's worth a visit for the lavish lobby alone: three stories, a marble double staircase, all inspired by the Paris Opera House.

The Municipal Archives and the Municipal Library are the real jewels: an astonishing historical trove for professional and amateur historians and sleuths.

Even if you're not there to dig deep, the rotating exhibits are worthwhile. Opening March 5, it's the wide-scope Ebb & Flow, which "explores the history of bringing clean water to New York City while highlighting the story of the Manhattan Company." On that day at 6pm, there will be a live recording of Person Place Thing with Randy Cohen. Free, but register.

Sure, there's more, but exploring is part of the fun. And "Honey, let's go check out the Department of Records" just might make you sound irresistible.

Arnold Falls, the new novel by MUG's publisher Charlie Suisman, is available for ebook pre-order. The paperback version will be available to order later this week.

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