GeneralWinnerShianneDierkes_000The New York Renaissance Faire. Image via renfair.com

August is in full swing next week with events from the Museum of the City of New York, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros at Celebrate Brooklyn!, the New York Renaissance Faire and a cabaret boat tour.

Monday, August 3rd

The Museum of the City of New York presents Noxious New York: Race, Class & Garbage, part two of a series on urban development and pollution: ‘Garbage and the City: Two Centuries of Dirt, Debris, and Disposal,’ led by historian Julie Sze.

The Urban Park Rangers are hosting weekly obstacle-challenge Adventure Courses in Queens’ Alley Pond Park, for people of all ages and physical ability. The next outing takes place on August 9th and registration opens August 3rd.

Tuesday, August 4th

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes hit Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Bandshell for the last of Celebrate Brooklyn!‘s benefit concerts.

The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy presents ‘Lost Synagogues of the East Village,‘ a public walking tour exploring the history and culture of the East Village.

Wednesday, August 5th

Father John Misty,  Angel Olsen, and Summer Moon will play the Central Park SummerStage.

Thursday, August 6th

Join Untapped Cities founder Michelle Young at her book talk at the New York Public Library. Broadway features vintage images of Broadway from the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and photographer Gregoire Alessandrini.

Also on Thursday is ‘The Politics of Preservation,’ a panel exploring the broad issues that bring the political process to bear on the operations and execution of the Landmarks Law. The program coincides with the Museum of the City of New York’s exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarkson view through September 13th.

Hudson RiverRocks, an indie music festival on the Hudson River Park, will conclude for the summer on Thursday.

Friday, August 7th

Minimalist pop due denitia and sene are giving a free concert at Hearst Plaza on Friday, part of the ongoing summer concert series ‘Lincoln Center OutofDoors.’ Also performing that night at Damrosch Park are The Fairfield Four and The McCrary Sisters

Pink Martini, the pop, jazz, Laitn, and classical ensemble group, will play the Forrest Hills Stadium on Friday, accompanied by the New York Pops.

Saturday, August 8th

Summer Streets NYC, put on by the New York City Department of Transportation, will return for the second time this Saturday. Consult this full list of available attractions at the day-long event.

The New York Renaissance Faire returns for its second weekend in the month of August on Saturday.

Enjoy live cabaret music on a boat as part of Clipper Castaways, departing from Battery Park.

Sunday, August 9th

Sunday marks the last day of the Giglio Feast of San Antonio, a celebration of Italian culture, music, and food in East Harlem, presented by the Giglio Society of East Harlem.

Also on Saturday and Sunday is the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York, an exhibition of over 170 dragon boats racing on Meadow Lake.

Join us on an upcoming Untapped Cities tour of the remnants of NYC’s original Penn Station the Eldridge Street Synagogue Museum, a walking tour of Staten Island’s exciting new developments.

SlideTheCitySummerStreets Untapped Cities AFineLyneSlide the City will arrive to Summer Streets this month. Photo via Slide City website

This Summer we’ve had a plethora of exciting art installations in all five boroughs. Playful, colorful, interactive, life-like, thoughtful and thought-provoking. We’ve been treated to art in public spaces and parks that have never had art before. Here’s what’s new in August, along with other installations in the city that are still up this month:


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Earlier this week, we found some unusual signs up in Union Square, seemingly there without much of a purpose except to confuse passersby. Mind, we have a bit of a thing for guerrilla signage at HQ, but these signs, which are bolted to the light posts in the same way as regular New York City signs, have us stumped.


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Here’s what the Untapped Cities staff is reading in the HQ today:


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If you have the chance to have lunch or grab a drink in the Petrie Court Café at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, take notice of the unique dining companions you’ll find amidst your elegant surroundings. Reaching the café through the Carroll and Milton Petrie European Sculpture Court, you’ll pass by large-scale, nineteenth-century works of art that may seem at odds with the café menu, many featuring starvation themes.


soviet cold war maps_NYC-Untapped Cities2South Ferry, Liberty Island, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, and Jersey City on a Soviet-era map dating back to 1982. Image via Wired

With its final days almost 25 years passed (though historians disagree on the exact date), the Cold War-era tension between the United States and the former Soviet Union has passed into faded memory for those who were alive to witness it, and remain completely alien to everyone else. Never before had two superpowers capable of destroying the world with their masses of weapons been so close to pulling the trigger. Students as young as kindergarteners in school were trained to hide under their desks at the hint of attack. Nowadays, we fear lone gunmen instead of nuclear bombs, but the shape of the world during the Cold War was always hard to see, even now.

The Soviet mapmakers who created upwards of 1.1 million maps of the world, sometimes in street-level detail, held a different view. Wired recently published a collection of the found maps dating back to the 1980s. Apart from the unsettling detail with which some of these maps depict civilian areas of New York, Washington, D.C., and many more areas of military interest, they portray world power seeking the Google Maps-level perspective on the entire world almost 30 years early. What they intended to use this information for, one need only guess at.