Nelson Mandela in Yankees JacketNelson Mandela with Mayor Dinkins, at Yankees Stadium. Photo credit: CBS New York.

Many know that South African apartheid was brought down in part by an aggressive international divestment campaign, but fewer know of the important role played by New York City. On February 26, 1985, the City Council unanimously passed anti-apartheid legislation, kickstarting a national movement.


Everything is Design:  The Work of Paul Rand opened today at the Museum of the City of New York

Everything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand is open at the Museum of the City of New York

In our ever changing society, it’s hard to believe that one man could remain so influential and relevant over a period of nearly six decades. Everything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand opened at The Museum of the City of New York this week, covering an impressive career of one of this country’s foremost graphic designers.


Brooklyn Kings Theatre-Loews-NYCEDC Restoration-Untapped Cities Behind the Scenes NYC TourAll photos by Matt Lambros, After the Final Curtain

On Monday, March 16th at 6pm, we’ll be bringing guests on a special tour of the Brooklyn Kings Theatre, which just re-opened after a multi-year renovation. With so many of New York City’s theaters lost, repurposed or in a state of abandonment, it’s a real feat to have this 93,000 square foot theater open again to the public. Moreover, photographer and Untapped Cities columnist Matt Lambros from After the Final Curtain has been documenting the theater since before the restoration until now. Here are some before and after images, showing what visitors can see on our Behind the Scenes NYC tour, led by Christina de Rose, NYCEDC Senior Vice President who led the project and Matt Wolf, Executive Director of Kings Theatre. Get tickets here.


tablefortwo_untappedcities_annabrownImage via Shani Ha

New Yorkers passing the corner of 7th Avenue and Carmine Street may notice something a little strange outside Cafe Español. Parisian artist Shani Ha has installed a bistro table split between inside and outside of the café, an installation she calls “Table for Two,” a piece inspired by Edward Hopper’s painting Nighthawks.


Apocalypse in Art-Guggenheim Museum-NYC Vitaly-Elena-Vasilieva

Here’s what the Untapped staff is reading in the HQ today:

Peter Stuyvesant-New Amsterdam-Fall-1664-NYCImage via Library of Congress

By the early 1640s, New Amsterdam had found its identity as a cosmopolitan trade capital, but it was almost wiped out after launching a foolhardy war against neighboring Algonquin tribes. On February 25, 1643, Governor-Director Willem Kieft led a raiding party against a helpless groups of Lenape Algonquins seeking refuge from rival Iroquois invaders. The mass killing was called the “Pavonia massacre,” and it prompted a full-scale retaliation from surrounding Algonquin tribes that utterly decimated the fledging new colony.