Constance Hockaday, the creator of the Boatel, stands under the sign announcing her art project/hotel at Marina 59 on Jamaica Bay in Queens, New York. Jon Kalish hide caption

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Jim Goddard, a retired shop owner from Anna, Ill., sits next to a plaque dedicated to his grandpa's pig, King Neptune. The plaque reads: "King Neptune: 1942 to 1950. Navy Mascot Pig." Jacob McCleland for NPR hide caption

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