There have been a flurry of interesting pop-up museums and art installations sprouting up in New York City, but the recent Museum of Feelings is quite different for one reason: it’s essentially the city’s mood ring.

The Museum of Feelings, located in Brookfield Place (already filled with art exhibits like Canstruction  and Luminaries) and run by S. C. Johnson & Son, prides itself in being “the first museum that reacts to emotions– and turns them into art.” Its facade changes color with New York City’s mood using social media and real-time data from sources like the New York Stock Exchange, local news, weather reports and flight delays. It uses other data like individual heart beats and Galvanic Skin Response to create emotion-reflecting selfies for visitors.


Hundreds of New Yorkers are set to take part in a unique Christmas caroling party – with blaring boomboxes. Unsilent Night is a street promenade where the audience becomes the show, playing specially composed tunes from ghetto blasters. The music’s composer, Phil Kline, will lead the massive chorus from Washington Square Park to Tompkins Square Park at 7 pm on December 12, 2015.


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The Untapped Cities team once got invited to spend overnight inside the New York Public Library and it was with initial concern that we reported about a public meeting to discuss the contentious stack renovations at the New York Public Library’s (NYPL) main branch. That plan has since been scrapped, following major public protest, saving the 37 miles of stacks and in related news, Gothamist just reported that the NYPL’s Rose Reading Room will be reopening in the fall of 2016, a year earlier than estimated, after a May 2014 closure when a fallen, foot-wide plaster rosette fell from its ceiling.

Along with the good news, the NYPL published photos of the currently empty Rose Reading Room, which stand in stark contrast to images of its original and future grandeur.


Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard, looking north from 112th Street

Seventh Avenue in Harlem was officially renamed Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard in 1974, though the old name is still widely used. In fact, this street has had an identity crisis ever since it was separated from the lower part of Seventh Avenue by the creation of Central Park in 1853.

In the 1811 Commissioners’ Plan, Seventh Avenue extended from Greenwich Village to 155th Street. With Central Park in place, the section above 110th Street was cut off from the lower part by 51 blocks.


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Our December curation of installations and urban exhibits is filled with cool and quirky, beautiful, delicious and heart-warming installations all around New York City. From the world’s most expensive dollhouse to an exhibition about affordable housing, a new historical exhibit about Coney Island, and a photography exhibit about Frank Sinatra, here are 15 installations and events not to miss:


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Prague is a stunning city with a rich artistic history, in addition to many off-beat finds to discover. The capital of the Czech Republic, Prague has stunning buildings and amazing artwork which visitors should be sure to check out. Here are 5 locations not to miss: