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NYPL: Marilyn Monroe Multi-cache

This cache has been archived.

New Market Mallers: It is a shame to have to let this one go, but the branch that generously hosted this geocache for the past number of years will not be reopening to the public.

The good news is that geo-friends of mine have placed a new virtual at this location, so people can still visit this spot and claim a smiley.

AND, if I can figure out a way to bring the NYPL series back to this spot, I will do so in the future. Thanks to all who visited!!!

Hidden : 04/06/2016
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Geocache Description:

Marilyn Monroe is one of the most iconic movie stars of all time and she filmed the promotion for her most famous scene right here in New York City.

Welcome to the New York Public Library system! This cache has limited hours of availability, which are listed below on the cache page.

***NEW as of December 2018! Geocachers who have found at least 4 NYPL caches are eligible for a Level 1 pathtag! Geocachers who find at least 8 NYPL caches are eligible for a Level 2 pathtag as well! If you think you qualify, please send me a note and I will get your tag(s) out to you.

Did you know that every branch of the New York Public Library offers free Wi-Fi? That's great news for all geocachers visiting from out of town!

Update: May 2017 - I have been notified by the New York City Geocaching Community that the NYPL Series of caches has won the award for Best Series in NYC in 2016!! Additionally, this cache was nominated for Best in Manhattan, Cleverest Hide/Best Camo and Cache of the Year! Thank you to everyone who has visited to this point as your logs are a big reason why this has happened!

During the filming of The Seven Year Itch, 20th Century Fox decided to turn the shooting of one scene into a media circus, and even had bleachers set up.  The classic shot of Marilyn Monroe's dress blowing up around her legs as she stands over a subway grating was originally shot on Manhattan's Lexington Avenue at 52nd Street on September 15, 1954 at 1:00 a.m. with 5,000 onlookers, who whistled and cheered through take after take as she repeatedly missed her lines.  The original footage never made it to the screen; the noise of the crowd had made it unusable. The studio re-staged the scene on a Fox set replicating Lexington Avenue, and got a more satisfactory result.

The posted coordinates bring you to the subway grates where the promotion for the movie was shot that night. You are standing over the '6' train subway line, although you probably won't feel a breeze from below. The breeze that blew Marilyn's dress up that night was from a giant fan underneath the grates that was operated by a studio employee and not the subway.

To find the geocache: The posted waypoint on the cache page will bring you across the street to three DARK GREEN metal items. On one of those DARK GREEN METAL ITEMS you will find the information you need to locate the cache.

Please note the times that the cache will be available:

Monday 10am to 600pm

Tuesday 10am to 600pm

Wednesday 10am to 600pm

Thursday 10am to 600pm

Friday 10am to 500pm

Saturday - cache not available

Sunday - cache not available

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Cneg 1: Ba gur fvqr Svany: Whfg yvxr zbfg ALCY pnpurf

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)