Cover of The New York Times Magazine (photo via Jake Silverstein)
French street artist JR, whose work has previously been shown in Times Square, Fordham University and inside abandoned hospitals on Ellis Island, always seems to outdo himself when he comes to New York City. Last week, The New York Times Magazine released the April issue, titled “Walking New York.” The cover is an aerial photo of the very large and very real piece by JR at Flatiron Plaza, with information that there were many more placed throughout the five boroughs. There could be no better cue for us at Untapped Cities to go traipsing around the city this weekend.
All 14 of the other pieces were also photographs of recent immigrants, taken by JR on the streets of Nolita earlier this month. The goal is to encourage people to walk all over the city to find the pieces. Below are all 14 pieces of JR’s “Walking New York” project:
In the last month, Untapped Cities has had the pleasure of looking at the many reader Instagram submissions from the #UntappedCities and #BigScreenNY contest. The winners, selected by the Untapped Cities editorial staff, will be shown on the Big Screen at Big Screen Plaza next to Herald Square starting this coming Monday, April 27th to May 1st, 2015 daily at lunchtime, 12pm-1pm. Thank you to all that participated! Below are a few samples that you’ll see on the Big Screen:
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Built between 1905-1914, the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse at 878 Brook Street has been shuttered for the last 37 years. Now, it’s been reopened for the first time as part of No Longer Empty‘s series of public art programs in underutilized spaces. When You Cut Into the Present the Future Leaks Out brought together 26 artists from the Bronx and across New York to create site-specific work drawing inspiration from the structure, its history, and the surrounding neighborhood.
Gothamist has a great post about the movie theater that was once in Grand Central Terminal–something we’ve covered before but they have nice vintage images and items in the post. Grand Central Theatre, opened in 1937 (possibly earlier), showing news reels, shorts and cartoons. The 242-seat theater operated for three decades and then was gutted for retail. Today it’s the Grande Harvest Wine shop next to Track 17, a previous tenant was a photo shop. Renovations to the terminal in the 1990s revealed the ceiling, that stylistically matches the one in the main terminal.
A renewed interest and growth in Harlem has seen no bounds. From park to park and from 110th Street heading north, new housing, shops and restaurants are springing up faster than can be announced. Bringing it all together is a new festival Harlem EatUp which will take place from May 14-17, celebrating the food, culture and spirit of Harlem all wrapped up in a festive four-day event.