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New York Compost, a project by designer Debbie Ullman,  a former art director at the New York Daily News takes those ubiquitous but underutilized newspaper boxes you see on the sidewalks of New York City and turns them into clever, guerrilla composting sites. A composting proponent, Ullman uses decommissioned newspaper boxes to collect compost to make the experience fun, memorable, and transformative.


Carroll_Gardens-Brooklyn-Untapped_Cities.Several storefronts in Carroll Gardens, also nicknamed Little France. Photo Credit: Konrad Fiedler for the New York Sun.

In the aftermath of the tragic events that transpired in Paris, many neighborhoods across the five boroughs participated in memorials and partook in solemn acts of solidarity. Candles were lit, flowers were laid and skyscrapers across Manhattan were lit in the colors of the French flag. It’s relatively easy to find pieces of French influence throughout the city (though an 18th century Little France in Soho is gone) and hear the language spoken by residents and visitors. In recent years, the borough of Brooklyn has seen a rapid influx of French immigrants, specifically in the neighborhood of Carroll Gardens. Once a community with a thriving Italian stronghold, its burgeoning French population has earned it the nickname “Little France” by locals and numerous media outlets.


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We recently covered the Top 10 Balloon Mishaps at Macy’s NYC Thanksgiving Day Parade, which mentioned some of the craziest balloon incidents that have occurred at past parades. Now, read about the secrets of the parade itself, including facts about the parade’s history and what really goes on behind this spectacular event!


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Via Verde in the Bronx

We’re excited to not only serve as co-sponsor for the December 1st event “Designing Better Affordable Housing” at the Museum of the City of New York, but to also announce that the panelists will be taking crowdsourced questions right from Untapped Cities community that you can submit online in the next week. The panel will discuss how best to renovate and repurpose the existing buildings in New York City while bringing new sustainable development into the affordable housing market.


1-New York Botanical Garden Train Show Untapped Cities AFineLyneThe Enid A. Haupt Conservatory miniature created by Applied Imagination for the New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

Now in its 24th year, The New York Botanical Garden and Applied Imagination have filled the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory with the Holiday Train Show. The installation fills the space, with tracks and trains whistling around you at several levels. No matter where you’re standing, you will view treasured landmarks in a colorful garden setting.