04/17/14 9:00am
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Henry Chalfant’s train photographs

Art on the streets is a vital component of New York City culture, and it was never more prominent than in the late 1970s and early 80s – a period which is now regarded as the “Golden Age of Graffiti.” During that time, photographers Henry Chalfant and Martha Cooper famously documented the subculture of the graffiti movement and its vibrant art works, which were spray painted on the trains and on the streets. These photographs are currently on view at City Lore‘s exhibition: Moving Murals: Henry Chalfant & Martha Cooper’s All-City Graffiti Archive.

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04/16/14 2:00pm

Once you have seen the Colosseum, visited the Vatican Museums and wandered around the historic center, you should venture off the beaten track to get a true taste of the Eternal city. From industrial archeology to contemporary and street art, here are 10 lesser-known spots that you won’t find in your pocket guide.

1. MURo, the urban museum of Rome, Quadraro

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Rome is not exactly full of street art, but there are still a few areas worth a graffiti hunt, such as the open air urban museum at the old Quadraro neighborhood. Since 2010 the organizers of this street art project have invited several international artists (such as Jim Avignon and Ron English) as well as Italian artists to re-paint this hood, which is worth a visit anyway, if only for the charm of its decadent villas and the quaint atmosphere.  (more…)

04/16/14 12:00pm

Month of Scorsese-Martin Scorsese-After Hours-NYC-Film Locations-Untapped CitiesMartin Scorsese & Griffin Dunne (Photo via Hazardous Operations)

In the mid 80′s Martin Scorsese was not in a good place career-wise. You would think that after making films like Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and The King of Comedy, studios would just let the man make the movies he wants to make, without any hassle. However, Paramount Pictures decided to stop production on Scorsese’s dream project The Last Temptation of Christ, due to budgetary concerns and pressure from religious groups. The entire ordeal frustrated Scorsese; who after rejecting many scripts, decided to film a black comedy that takes place almost entirely in Soho. In our second to last installment of the #MonthofScorsese film locations series, we present the NYC film locations for 1985′s After Hours. (more…)

04/16/14 11:00am

Untapped Cities HQ-Phillipe ChatelainYup, it’s our magnetic wall!

It’s amazing to us that we’re about to welcome our seventh internship class here at Untapped Cities. Are you interested in how it all comes together? Journalism, blogging, photography, social media, advertising, business development? Our interns get to do it all, writing published articles from day one, managing their own columns, exploring the city, and covering events. You don’t need to be a journalism major, just have a passion for cities and writing–we’ll teach you the rest! We’re currently accepting applications for interns for Summer 2014 in 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, networking with our publication partners, writing their own regular column and feature pieces.

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04/16/14 10:00am

1-Ludlow Street VPianos, an indie music venue on Ludlow Street

The Lower East Side has historically been home to a large immigrant population specifically those of Eastern European Jews. In the 1960s and 1970s the neighborhood saw a shift–the shape of the neighborhood began to develop a sprawling indie music scene. Central to this neighborhood was that of Ludlow Street. From Pianos to Cake Shop, the street has played host to a vast array of defining music venues with such acts as the Velvet Underground gaining its foot hold on the New York scene in the area.

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04/16/14 9:00am
The empty observation towers of the New York Pavilion hover over Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

The empty observation towers of the New York Pavilion hover over Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

Before it became a memory of the 90′s blockbuster Men in Black, the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Park debuted as one of many attractions of the 1964 World’s Fair. With the 50th anniversary of this wonderful piece of New York City approaching on April 22nd, the City has decided to reopened the long-shuttered Pavilion for public access. On that Tuesday, between 11am and 2pm, enter the portal of the Tent of Tomorrow for this wonderful opportunity to time travel back half a century to explore an iconic New York City structure. You’ll even get a hard hat to wear for the visit!  (more…)