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Earlier this fall, New York City was (rightfully) up in arms about the shops putting up the “No Hoodies” signs, but we will venture to say that they were just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to DIY signage in this city telling residents what they can’t do. We’ve been slowly photographing this trend as we come across it. If you have more, send them our way via Twitter or Instagram #untappedcities. You’d think the above photograph comes from perhaps a neighborhood filled with crime, but actually it’s just next to Lincoln Center. Wok City Chinese takeout on Amsterdam Avenue is filled with even better gems like “We do not cut wings,” “Sorry no barbecue sauce,”  and “Seats for Employees Only.”

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One of New York City’s most unique pieces of property was Hess Triangle, only 500 square inches and the smallest plot of land at the time. Now marked by mosaic tiles on a piece of pavement on Christopher Street and 7th Avenue, it represents one man’s final stand against eminent domain: “Property of the Hess Estate Which Has Never Been Dedicated for Public Purposes.” While Hess Triangle was combined into the Village Cigars property, there are many awkwardly shaped lots on record today with the NYC Department of City Planning and Department of Finance. One final project at Columbia University GSAPP, led by Kohn Peterson Fox architect Lucien Wilson in the Parametric Site Analysis class, looked into these “untapped” plots of land as development opportunity.

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It’s been a fun year for “untapped” quirky news, and our readers proved to us the range of their urban interests, from abandoned locales, hidden restaurants, judgmental maps, urban planning projects to street art. Here are the top 10 articles on Untapped Cities in 2014!

10. 5 Urban Planning Projects That Will Change The Bronx

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If we were the betting kind, we’d wager that soon people will be saying that the Bronx is the new Brooklyn. Or the new whatever is the latest neighborhood. Untapped Cities readers proved they’re ahead of the curve with the popularity of this policy article about 5 big urban planning projects in the Bronx.
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Magnum photographer Danny Lyon captured commuters on the New York City subway back in 1966. Today, and for the next year, they are on display at the Atlantic Avenue Barclays Center stop in Brooklyn. These amazing color photographs don’t look their age; there’s a certain quality to Lyon’s work that makes these 48-year-old photographs feel contemporary, except for the obvious changes to the decor of the subway.

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The fourth floor of 81 Bowery was home to dozens of Chinese immigrants until March 7th, 2014 when authorities ordered the inhabitants to evacuate their home. The space had been composed of tiny cubicles for each of the residents of 81 Bowery who all shared a communal bathroom. Taiwanese-born, New York-based photographer Annie Ling had been taking photographs of the lodging house at 81 Bowery since 2009. Ling’s own Chinatown tenement had burned down in 2008, and for a year she was without a home. In her “81 Bowery” series, Ling captures the community of the lodging house by connecting the people to their space.

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