07/30/14 4:00pm

NYC Subway Articial Reefs-MarylandImage Source: Maryland Department of Resources

07/30/14 1:00pm
Rad Band

This Seattle Quartet Plays At The MoMA July 31, 2014.  (LEFT TO RIGHT: Lena, Shana, Alice, & Marian) Photo by Zoe Rain

The Seattle indie band La Luz is playing at the MoMA  this Thursday at 6:30pm  as part of the museum’s summer series MoMA Nights (doors at 5:30).  We will be posting  a feature on the history of MoMA Nights tomorrow, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you about the music that you can go see right now.

La Luz is a four-piece band that epitomizes dreamy summertime surf rock with modern bass lines, graceful vocal melodies, jangly keyboards, and  taut drumming.  They’ve received accolades for their witty, and charming live performances and are truly not to be missed.  Untapped Cities asked them a few questions about how the urban spaces they inhabit affect their music and what the cities of New York and Seattle mean to them.

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07/30/14 12:00pm

Ewerdt Hilgemann-Moments in a Stream-Park Avenue Mall-Implosion Sculptures-Stainless Steel-NYC.-14

The temporary sculptures along the Park Avenue Mall are one of our favorite public art initiatives in New York City. The curated pieces, done by one featured artist at a time, always seem to be in a dialogue with the city around them. In the lower part of Park Avenue, north of Grand Central Terminal, the works form a distinct contrast with the corporate business culture that pervades the architecture. Further north, they serve to spice up the storied legacy of Park Avenue apartments.

On Saturday August 1st, Ewerdt Hilgemann, Moments in a Stream will be complete, stretching from 52nd to 67th Street. We’ve been hanging out with Hilgemann and his team while they install the sculptures between 10pm and 6am, as required by city regulation.

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07/30/14 10:30am

Queensway Connection_ENYA_AIANY_Bhushan Mondkar_Untapped Cities-006The Queensway Steps by Carrie Wilbert and Eleonore Levieux (Paris, France)

Abandoned, forgotten, in ruins, re-discovered and now re imagined as a much needed green artery in the heart of the world’s most (culturally) diverse county! The QueensWay is slowly but steadily making strides to become the next ‘rail to trail‘ urban sensation. Envisioned as an undulating linear park, it aspires to go a step beyond the High Line in transforming abandoned infrastructure into a multifunctional park system with pedestrian pathways, bike lanes, performance spaces, art installations and community gardens, not to forget the cuisines from around the world that might possibly be stippled along the 3.5 mile rustic experience.

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07/30/14 9:00am

Brooklyn Supper Club in a dumpster NYC’s Secret Supper Clubs New York City Untapped Cities Sabrina RomanoSalvage Supper Club in Williamsburg. Image via Grub Street.

In the past, an invitation to a supper club would bring thoughts of middle-aged women having a potluck dinner and detailing the neighborhood gossip. But New York City has brought supper clubs to a whole new innovative and quirky level. Here, we’ve rounded up 6 of the most unique secret supper clubs, rated more for their usage of clever covert locations than on the exclusivity of an invitation. These range from dinners in reclaimed dumpsters, to private homes to helipads.

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