Director houses-Burton-NYC-Stephanie-Untapped CitiesBabina’s haunted house-esque vision for American director Tim Burton’s home

From the wildness and spontaneity of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic World to Wes Anderson’s whimsical, carefully crafted visuals in The Grand Budapest Hotel, film directors often captivate us with the fantastical worlds they create. But what kind of worlds would movie directors build for themselves off-screen, if given the chance? In his most recent project as seen on Curbed, Italian artist Federico Babina strives to portray this in a project called ArchiDirectors.


New York City’s High Line has become a botanical oasis for urbanites across the city. But underground, things are also brewing for another “Garden of Eden”– the proposed Lowline. After a successful preview in an abandoned market on Essex Street in the Lower East Side in 2012 (has is been that long already?), the Lowline will open the Lowline Lab on October 17th in the same location following a Kickstarter earlier this year that raised over $220,000.

In this location two blocks from the proposed site, the Lowline Lab has been conducting experiments for the last six months, mimicking what the actual Lowline site will be able to produce, and exploring what solar technology collection and distribution system is needed to produce productive plant life.


WNYC Map “Bike Blockers: What’s in Your Way?”

Bikers know that many factors shape the efficiency of a good biking route. You have to pay attention to pedestrians, tourists, taxis, incline, traffic volume, safety, time of day, quality of the road, and more. One of the most annoying and disruptive may be the illegally parked car in the bike lane. Have no fear, master mappers WNYC has a new Fun Map: Bike Blockers What’s In Your Way? Snap a picture of these “bike blockers” and let the biking community know where these perpetrators are located by emailing a geolocated photo to bikes@wnyc.org.

We’ve embedded the map above (click on icons to see blockers) but you can also enjoy this map on the WNYC website.


Not Really There Art in Odd Places Untapped Cities AFineLyneNot Really There by artist Isidro Biasco

Art in Odd Places began in 2005 on the Lower East Side and the East Village, moving on to the great stage of 14th Street from Avenue C to the Hudson River annually. The performances, which began on October 7th run through October 11, and hope to bring the public artworks in all disciplines, outside the confines of where we are used to see art. Art in Odd Places also hopes to engage, through social interaction and thoughtful programming. Beginning at the Hudson River, walking East, here are a few of the participating artists this year.


Most New Yorkers are familiar with the United Nations headquarters located in Turtle Bay. Its International Style Secretariat and General Assembly Buildings have become icons of the skyline of Manhattan’s East Side. It might come as a surprise that the General Assembly and the Security Council have not always met at this location. From its humble beginnings at London’s Central Methodist Hall to Paris’ Palais de Chaillot, the United Nations was a vagabond until gaining its permanent home. Here, we explore 5 locations in which the United Nations has been housed in the State of New York.


Women's Center - New York Historica Society - NYC - Untapped Cities -001A rendering of the glass staircase in the Tiffany Gallery, adjacent to the planned Center for the Study of Women’s History at the New-York Historical Society. Photo via New York Times

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