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NYC street artist Hot Tea—an artist whose work mostly consist of forming geometric words and shapes using yarn—is not happy with the rapid change that has come to New York City. He is tired of seeing historic buildings transformed into condos, and he is tired of the city’s identity being tossed away like yesterday’s Jets roster. One night walking through the city, the artist walked past the historic building on 190 Bowery owned by art collector and photographer Jay Maisel, and made his opinion known: “UUGHH” read on the exterior.


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Last year, on November 18, 2013, New Yorkers woke up to the news that Long Island City street art haven 5Pointz had been whitewashed, following a long effort to save the building and get it landmarked. This past Tuesday night, 5pointz organizers hosted “5 POINTZ Art is life… You can’t trademark the people!” a memorial event to mark the first anniversary of that day.


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Talk radio is a staple of many of our childhoods. Think back to all the road trips and vacations we took with our families, and remember listening to the voices coming from the people on the radio–the ones who read the news calmly and composed and the sports announcers, who practically shouted their emotions through the airwaves. Those voices made those seemingly endless drives bearable and those voices stuck with us, long after the family vacations were over.

With technology changing the way we consume media now, a lot of us don’t really use radios anymore. Ask anyone when was the last time they purposely listened to the radio? It’s awesome that we live in a world where we can control what we listen to, but what about those voices, filling our minds with information, exposing us to new discussions and opinions, where could people who yearn for those voices find them in the digital age?

Podcasts, a digital medium that has become very popular over the past decade has filled that hole, with NYC becoming a hub for interesting, thought provoking and entertaining podcasts. For the podcast obsessed, or for those wanting something fun to listen to on the long commute to work, we have compiled a list of 10 of the best NYC Podcasts, from the most notable to the most controversial.


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Gowanus is a neighborhood of inconsistencies: its booming real estate market makes it the next hot destination in Brooklyn, while its polluted canal could give a person ecoli, dysentery, and cancer. Upscale restaurants and art galleries are popping up on its streets, yet two blocks away one finds garbage piled up against corrugated tin walls, demarcating a warehouse or a car yard, or maybe the next big housing development.

Miska Draskoczy revels in the area’s contradictions in his photography series “Gowanus Wild.” His photos, taken over the course of two years, try to find the beauty in what many consider to be an industrial wasteland. Draskoczy writes:


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6-9-003 001Portrait of Architect Eric Owen Moss. Image Courtesy: Ye Rin Mok and Metropolis magazine 

New York’s fascination with re-adapting architecture and infrastructure from the industrial era to suit the needs of the “Instagram” era is reaching a feverish pitch. A trend that began with the High Line has flourished with the likes of Domino Sugar Factory, Empire Stores and the newly unveiled designs for the Queensway. In South Los Angeles, however, Architect Eric Owen Moss has scripted an unprecedented urban reincarnation, that began almost three decades ago! Moss’s ‘Hayden Tract’ is a exuberant celebration of the industrial past, that once transformed the nation at the height of the post war boom. Accredited to his radically bold Architecture, the ‘no place’ that dreamt of becoming ‘some place’ has now become ‘the place.’

Earlier this month, Eric Owen Moss was awarded one of the highest honors in American Art and Architecture, when the National Academy in New York City honored him as a National Academician. Untapped Cities had the privilege of speaking with him about his fearless architecture and the neighborhood he has diligently transformed. This interview was conducted by Bhushan Mondkar.