Yesterday, Untapped reader Michael Pellas (via @History_Pics) shared with us this aerial photo of Manhattan in 1944 by Andreas Feininger. Feininger was a LIFE Magazine photographer whose work is hauntingly precise–so much so that it becomes art. It’s easy to see how is work as a practicing architect (and cabinet maker) influenced his aesthetic. In a glowing piece on him, LIFE wrote that he was one of the photographers whose images define New York City, “not merely how a great 20th century city looked, but how it imagined itself and its place in the world.”
This Gramercy Park spot, Pete’s Tavern, is one of the oldest bars in New York City–author O. Henry penned “The Gift of the Magi” in one of the booths.
On December 10, 1905, William Sidney Porter, under the pseudonym O. Henry, published a short story “The Gift of the Magi” in the magazine New York Sunday World. It later became part of his collection entitled The Four Million in 1906. Legend has it, the entire story was written in a booth one of the oldest bars in NYC, Pete’s Tavern–in only a few hours on one night. The building where the tavern is located has been around since 1829 but it was established in 1864.
We recently stopped by Rough Trade NYC, a new massive record shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that’s outfitted with cantilevered and stacked shipping containers. It’s the U.S. counterpart to the independent British store which has two locations in London. The 15,000 square foot space makes it the biggest record shop in the city. Like in London, Rough Trade NYC is much more than just a music retailer. Focused on an experiential atmosphere, there’s a full stage and concert venue, a coffee counter with food by Greenpoint favorite Five Leaves, an exhibition space, a place to create and DJ music yourself, a bookstore and even ping pong tables!
If you live or work in Manhattan, you are bound to see people selling things on the street. Winter-wear, umbrellas or even art. We’ve also seen the shuffle vendors make to gather their wares when a police officer approaches. For New York City artist Robert Lederman, the founder of Artists’ Response To Illegal State Tactics (ARTIST), this shuffle became routine as officers procured him 42 times for selling his artwork without a license or in a restricted area. Newsweek called it “New York City’s War on Artists” because unjust regulations prohibit artists like Lederman to sell in most high-volume areas, but allow street performers, or “buskers,” greater privileges for soliciting money in the city. (more…)
Meres One, the curator of 5Pointz, has created his first work since the whitewashing of 5Pointz. This black and white piece, featuring his signature light bulbs, is located on the wall of rag & bone/JEAN at Elizabeth Street and Houston Street. Untapped Cities writer Rachel Fawn Alban checked it out Sunday night right after the mural was completed.