Hidden in plan sight Sunset Park on the banks of the Hudson is the Brooklyn Army Terminal, a 5 million square foot industrial park built by Cass Gilbert in the span of only 17 months between 1918 and 1919. As the largest concrete structure in the world at the time and originally intended for WWI (though its completion came slightly after the war), B.A.T. served as the Federal Government’s alcohol storage & disposal headquarters during Prohibition, and more notably as the largest military supply base in the United States during WWII.
On Court Street in Brooklyn in the middle of 3rd and 4th Place in Carroll Gardens, is an abandoned storefront where you can still see the remnants of a shoe-shine shop from the dusty windows. Carroll Gardens, and much of Court Street, has historically been a strong community for the Italian immigrant diaspora and you can see a good number of Catholic items inside, like a photo of the Pope on the wall, a cross and a shrine.
From Caffe Reggio–the place that claims to have brought the cappuccino to America–to Minetta Tavern, MacDougal Street plays host to its fair share of historic institutions. It has also been home to a series of the city’s most notable residences. Eleanor Roosevelt called the street home following the death of her husband, and Jackson Pollock lived on the private MacDougal Alley. The street lies at the heart of Greenwich Village, with the lifeblood of the neighborhood ever present on this dense strip. (more…)
In our series NYC v. Paris, we previously covered all the Statues of Liberty in both cities. Today, we’re looking at the Eiffel Tower. It might surprise you to know that New York City has its own Eiffel Tower replica. It’s pretty small, but it has a prominent location…just off the Long Island Expressway in Queens.
The Writer’s Room, birthplace to more than 1,000 books
E.B. White once said, “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.” But what if writers stopped waiting for those conditions and tried renting them instead? We here at Untapped Cities have a thing for co-working spaces: last week we told you about The Oracle Club, the week before it was The Yard. Today we offer five spots dedicated exclusively to writers. (more…)