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2014, you’ve been a great year. A big thank you to all our new and old readers for coming with us on the ride. In March, Redditors pushed our Top 10 Secrets of Grand Central Terminal to the top of the list. In October we were the first to break the news about the insane Instagrammer that climbed to the top of 432 Park Avenue while under construction. In November, readers obsessed over the 9 places to get Unlimited Food and Drink Deals in NYC. You can see more of our top 10 articles of 2014, but we’re also proud of the content we’ve put out there not because it was going to be popular, but because we believed it should be covered.  These include The Front Lines: Poverty and Homelessness in Southwest Yonkers, an op-ed from Susan Bernofsky about the controversial renovations to the New York Public Library Main Branch and How Citi Bike Could Expand to Serve Low-Income New Yorkers. We’ve been proud of the movement to help preserve the NYPL stacks for a future generation, similar to how we showcased the TWA Flight Center with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to push forward momentum for its adaptive reuse in 2012. The year was also punctuated by sadness, with the loss of our beloved columnist and illustrator, David Cessac at the age of 39.

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Welcome back to our weekly Instagram roundup of great photos hashtagged #untappedcities. As its Christmas eve, we’ve rounded up the images readers have submitted of the holidays in NYC and around the world. Hashtag #UntappedCities on Instagram and Twitter if you would like to have one of your photos entered in the running for our weekly “Best Of”column. Also, you can keep an eye on what contributors and readers are checking out by browsing the live feed.

Christmas Lights from Afar by denn_ice

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We last caught up with puppet Johnny T and his hilarious video about New York City subway etiquette. Now, The New York Times interviews him about the latest MTA campaign against “manspreading.” Seeing the word “manspreading” on the homepage of the Times is awesome enough, but then with Johnny T? We had to share.

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New Year’s Eve in New York City is one of those polarizing events for residents. Many will proclaim to hate it, which is why we’ve rounded up a list of alternative New Year’s Eve plans to ring in 2015 that are a step above the house party (which we also love, don’t get us wrong).

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1. Capitale on the Bowery. In Stanford White’s 1893 Beaux Arts 40,000 square foot party wonderland, you’ll find two ballrooms, three VIP rooms, six hours of open bar, a full buffet, and a live DJ. Celebrate a glamorous New Year from 8 pm-3 am. 130 Bowery. $99.

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Oh you thought it was over? That after our list of the Top 10 NYC Street Art Graffiti Pieces of 2014, we had nothing more to say about art this year? Well this is the season of giving and we have one more heavily researched and debated list for you. Not since the early days of graffiti has art in New York City been more mobile. These traveling masterpieces move around the streets and highways of the city, popping up in every borough, making those in the know appreciate seeing a work of art minus the travel time. From pieces from some of the best NYC artists to pieces that will take you back in time, these are the top 10 Graffiti trucks of 2014.

10. Nerds – Turtle Power

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The Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie SUCKED! Like we wouldn’t wish this on our worst enemy kind of suck. Honestly, there has never really been a good Ninja Turtles movie (sorry), but for us who remember the awesome early 90s cartoon and classic video games (Turtles in Time!), we always have hope that the “world’s most fearsome fighting team” will be in something that is watchable. Until that time, let us all appreciate this awesome truck by graff artist Nerds. (more…)

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Just a couple weeks ago, we reported that you could now get inside Gramercy Park via Google Maps. Now, you can the holiday department store window displays in New York City from your own home too, or wherever you may be on holiday this week. As reported by the New York Observer, Google Business View has images of Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s and Bloomingdales. We’ve got all the windows here for you to look at quickly. First up, “Once Upon a Time” at Saks combining New York City scenes with fairy tale:

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