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Earlier this year, we wrote an article about the subway line that ran just for the 1939 World’s Fair and a reader commented that he had a model of the subway car and wanted to know more about it. Looking at the photographs he sent, the reader’s model actually appears to be the subway cars used for the 1964 World’s Fair, which were painted an aqua blue color in line with the branding for the event. His subway cars are the R33 WF (World’s Fair) model, of which 430 were commissioned for the event.


23 of NYC’s Old World Bakeries

08/26/2016 at 10:05 am

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In the past, Untapped Cities has explored some of New York City’s oldest bakeries. This year, peppered by comments and suggestions from our readers, we decided to take a deeper dive into family owned and operated bakeries and patisserie spots that bring a sense of history and ethnic flavor to specific neighborhoods throughout our five boroughs.

Here are 23 old world bakeries in New York City, organized from oldest to newest:


This fall, we’ll be welcoming our 11th internship class here at Untapped Cities and we’re looking for some bright, motivated writers to join the team. Our interns get to do it all, writing published articles from day one, managing their own columns, exploring the city, and covering events.  As an Untapped Cities intern, you can learn how a web magazine really works, pitch your own ideas, have an article published within your first week, and, of course, re-discover the city you love.  If you go to school in New York City or if you’re just looking for journalism experience, we’re currently accepting applications to join our Fall 2016 class of interns in New York City.

As an added bonus, Untapped Cities is now part of the New Museum NEW INC Incubator so you’ll get all the benefits of working on a dynamic environment tailored for art, design, and technology companies. We’ll be producing panels and events at the New Museum and expanding our series of tours around New York City.

Editorial Internship:  The editorial interns will work directly with Untapped Cities’ Founder and Managing Editor on determining the publication schedule, proposing new articles, and writing their own regular column. Our editorial interns work on a full range of pieces such as our Daily Whats?!, features like this transit history of 5th avenue, and roundups, like the Top 10 Secrets of Grand Central. As an editorial intern, you will also gain experience with writing for search engine optimization and using social media to promote your own work. You don’t need to be a journalism major, as long as you’re a strong writer and can come ready with ideas for content.

To apply, send your resume and writing samples to info@untappedcities.com.


It’s a relatively quiet week in New York City heading up to Labor Day weekend but there are still some unique things to check out here from numerous film screenings, the return of annual events like the U.S. Open and Electric Zoo, and some interesting explorations.

Monday, August 29th

The US Open Tennis Championships begin again on Monday. Use the opportunity to explore the Top 10 Secrets of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, stop by the World’s Fair New York Pavilion and more.

Nighthawk Cinema will be screening Wes Anderson’s Darjeeling Limited in their Booze & Books series. Writer Matt Zoller Seitz, author of the series of books about Anderson will introduce the movie. There will also be an Anderson-themed cocktail on offer during the movie; sip on it while pondering: “How can a train be lost? It’s on rails!”


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We recently reported on the new fun tool to build your own subway system in New York City, which was an entry into the Power Broker competition which seeks to adapt the seminal biography on Robert Moses into game form. There’s another entry in this competition that caught our eye, called Confetti with the Brick Bats which uses actual historical documents on Robert Moses and asks the player to make a decision as the master builder. The creators of the game, Alexander King and Noca Wu are game design students at the NYU Game Center, partnering with NYU Stern MBA student Robert Heller who did the writing for the game.


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To say the least, the Chelsea Hotel is not your average New York City hotel. One notable guest, sci-fi author Arthur C. Miller recalled in his memoir that you could get high from solely the marijuana fumes lingering in the elevator of the hotel. For over 100 years, this counter-cultural landmark has served some of the world’s greatest poets, musicians, and artists of all time. Although sold for $80 million in 2011, the hotel remains home to several eccentric New Yorkers, including nightlife darling and event promoter Susanne Bartsch. The hotel is currently undergoing a massive renovation, but it is anticipated that it will reopen its doors to hotel guests in 2017.

Without further ado, here are our favorite secrets of the infamous Chelsea Hotel: