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Top 10 Indoor Public Spaces in Manhattan for Your Very Own Urban Oasis

Surprising indoor public spaces in Manhattan if you’re looking for a unique meeting spot, to have a nice quiet lunch or get some me time.

The Top 10 Secrets of the Brooklyn Bridge

A walk over the Brooklyn Bridge is one of New York City’s most popular past times for tourists and residents alike. It’s hard not to be amazed by the …

5 Quirky Houses On Top of Apartment Buildings in NYC: Beach House, Lighthouse, Ski Chalet, Suburban Spread

If you look up, New Yorkers are building residential homes, ski chalets and even a lighthouse on top of apartment buildings.

New York

Today in NYC History: In 1931, Cab Calloway releases “Minnie the Moocher” and Puts Harlem’s Big Band sound on the Map.

Photo: RogerEbert.comOn March 3, 1931, Harlem big band leader Cab Calloway recorded “Minnie the Moocher,” the classic tale of chasing opium that made …


New and Upcoming Untapped Cities Events for Spring 2015

Our Untapped Cities events series has grown quite a bit, thanks to all of you intrepid explorers. While many of our upcoming events are sold out (or …


8 of the Weirdest and Most Bizarre Foods in NYC

We’re pretty sure in New York City you can get any food you can dream up, and we credit that to the melting pot that the city is and its population …

New York

Inside the Abandoned Children's Hospital and Tunnels at Seaview Hospital, Staten Island

Photo by @nativenyc

Seaview Hospital was once the largest tuberculosis sanatorium in the country, now listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic …


8 Repurposed Fire Stations in NYC

At Untapped Cities, we have a particular interest in repurposed places. New York City has historically been adept at adaptive reuse, though there are …

New York

8 Most Popular NYC Street Names: Broadway, St. Mark's Place, Park Avenue

From Broadway to St. Mark's Place to Park Avenue, the names of some of NYC's most notable streets get repeated throughout the city. How/why does this …

New York

Film Locations for Downton Abbey: Film Locations for Downton Abbey: Highclere Castle, Inverary Castle, Ripon, London

As season 5 of Downton Abbey has come to close, we thought it was high time we updated our list of film locations for the popular British television …


Photographs Inside the WTC Transportation Hub by Santiago Calatrava

Photo by Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork

ANIMALNewYork has just released incredible new photographs of what the inside of the World Trade Center …


Win Tickets to Our Sold Out Tour of the Brooklyn Kings Theatre with NYCEDC

Photo by Matt Lambros of After the Final Curtain

The launch of our new Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series with the NYCEDC has been so successful, we …


Your Guide to The NYC Armory Show and Armory Arts Week: 10 Highlights

El Anatsui at The Armory Show, Pier 94 represented by Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Booth 507

One of the most important annual art events in New York will …

New York

Cities 101: How Ice Gets Broken on the Hudson River

Last week, we explained in our Cities 101 column why the ice on the Hudson River flows both ways, and today we’ll show you how the ice gets broken up …

Hudson River

A Photographic Tour of Manhattan from the Air with New York On Air

Since 2009, Untapped Cities has ventured into the unexplored and forgotten realm of New York City. From boat graveyards to abandoned hospitals, we …


Ten of NYC's Important Architectural Sites on the East River: Domino Sugar, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Four Freedoms Park, Gracie Mansion

A photo tour of Domino Sugar, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Four Freedoms Park, Gracie Mansion, Long Island City, Roosevelt Island, Hell Gate Bridge, Tudor …

New York

The Secrets of the New York Public Library Main Branch

While the New York Public Library’s landmark building near Bryant Park will undergo extensive remodeling in the near future, let’s go over some fun …


Rare 1905 Black & White Film from Inside the NYC Subway

This rare black and white footage taken inside the New York subway system was taken in 1905, seven months after the opening of the metro system in …


The Best of the Untapped Cities Photo Pool: NYC’s Famous Skyscrapers

This week’s roundup is dedicated to four of NYC’s most famous skyscrapers: the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, the One World Trade …


Daily What?! There Is An Underground Network of Tunnels at Columbia University

A drawing of a mouse on the walls of the Columbia University underground tunnel network. via Columbia Spectator.

What is now possibly the worst kept …

Columbia University

Today in NYC History: Abraham Lincoln Gives Game-Changing Speech at Cooper Union in 1860

This photo was taken by famed photographer Matthew Brady the day of the speech. (Wikimedia Commons). Seven score and fifteen years ago, Abraham …

New York

10 Original Subway Tiles and Signs in the NYC Subway System

As riders of the New York City City, we’re all familiar with the rats and supposed mole-people, the trash and mold, and have come to ignore–or …


Fun Maps: Animated GIF of NYC Subway System Shows Its History and Evolution

Well here you have it: a GIF subway map of New York City that shows the subway lines in order of construction, created by Appealing Industries via …


The Art of Style by Kit Mills 067: Colors & Capes in NYC

I’m really getting tired of drawing pictures of coats and scarves. February is a bleak purgatory of dirty snow and frozen sidewalks. By August I’ll …


Your Week Untapped: Top 10 NYC Events for March 2nd to 9th, 2015

In New York City next week, check out openings from the Armory Show, a class at the Guggenheim, or spend an evening having a conversation about NYC’s …

New York

The Mad Men Interiors of NYC’s United Nations Building [Photos]

The United Nations building is a perfectly preserved homage to the go-getting 1950s–right down to its Mad Men-style interiors. The complex was …

Mad Men

Top 5 NYC Street Art and Graffiti Pieces: February 2015 Edition

Home, Dek, Icy & Sot, Me & Clint Mario & KlopsIn our monthly showcase, Untapped Cities Street Art Columnist Christopher Inoa highlights the top five


8 Old World Style Spots in NYC for an Urban Respite: City Island, Grove Court, Pomander Walk, Sylvan Terrace, Washington Mews

There are many areas that retain the charm of old New York, from small streets in the West Village to hidden alleys in Murray Hill, even including an …

Cute As a Button: the story of Tender Buttons

New York

Top 10 Secrets of the Chrysler Building in NYC

Photo by Dark CyanideThe Chrysler Building is one of the most beloved of New York City’s skyscrapers, an architectural manifestation of both the Art …

New York