Contrary to what the Starks up at Winterfell would have you believe, summer is coming. For those of us who feel exposed and uncomfortable without a scarf and blazer on, this is a tragic time of year involving a lot of forlorn sweating, sunburn, and gin-and-tonics with a very high ice-to-tonic ratio. On the plus side, not everyone is a total curmudgeon about putting away their collection of wool sweaters until September, which means there are cute people everywhere enjoying their breezy summer duds in the great outdoors. People-watching is better in warm weather, for obvious reasons, so one of my favorite low-intensity things to do is put together a good summer playlist (usually a lot of the White Stripes, Violent Femmes, and Van Morrison) and go for a walk. (more…)
This shot was submitted to the Untapped Cities photo pool by @brooklynpoets via Instagram.
Introducing the Untapped Cities Instagram “Pic” of the week. We’ll be pulling images from our Untapped Cities Photo Pool, which you can submit to simply by hashtagging #untappedcities in your Instagram and Twitter photos.
This week’s Untapped Cities “Pic” of the week, titled “Well Hello Little Bridge”, is by @brooklynpoets. Here at Untapped, we try to look for the view less seen, perhaps never before captured by a camera. We also look for unique angles of well-known places, such as this spot in DUMBO that frames both the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. From the cobblestone street to the Brooklyn Bridge (happy birthday today Brooklyn Bridge!) peering through a break in the warehouses, elements like this are what make this the Untapped Cities Instagram “Pics” of the week.
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Front entrance to the Hotel Pennsylvania.
Last month, the Hotel Pennsylvania Preservation Society finally breathed a deep sigh of relief. The historic Hotel Penn, across the street from Penn Station, has been denied landmark status several times in recent years and its owner, Vornado Realty Trust, planned to demolish it in order to build a new office complex in its place. After a five-year battle, however, Vornado gave up its plan to tear down the hotel and has launched an effort to restore the hotel to its former glory instead. (more…)
Today’s Daily What?! is this watertower “hangout” we found on 8th Avenue between 45th and 46th Streets. Normally, watertowers fly solo or in pairs, depending on the size of the buildings they serve. Sometimes watertowers come in unique forms, like the speakeasy watertower or the glass watertower by Tom Fruin.
But these watertowers in the Times Square Theater District are the social type, clustering in a group of seven. They also seem fond of unique architecture, situated in between The Paramount Hotel (which has a storied history), the Golden Theater and the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. We also like to think they look down scornfully at the parking lot next door. Looking at historical images, there’s has been a parking lot there at least as far back as 2001, a building that partially filled the lot was demolished around 2009.
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The floats of the Rio Carnaval are one of the main spectacles that take over the city, in tandem with sparkling costumes, live music and samba dancing. The Rio festival is one of several carnavals that Gia Wolff, a Brooklyn architect and designer, will be researching via a Wheelwright Prize offered by the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her winning proposal Floating City: The Community-Based Architecture of Parade Floats intends to investigate the tradition of carnaval parade floats and the performances of local communities in cities like Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Goa (India), Viarreggio (Italy), Nice (France) and Santa Cruze de Tenerife (Spain).
This is a conceptual sketch of NYC’s proposed Gaudi Hotel, drawn by Juan Matemala.
As one of the largest and most varied metropolises of the modern world, New York City is home to some stunning and interesting architecture. But it wasn’t always that way. Were it not for the dreams of enterprising architects, many of the buildings that have become beloved to NYC would never have graced the city’s skyline. And, unfortunately, many never did. In this column, we’ll showcase a different would-be NYC architectural dream, and tell you about the history behind the New York that never was. (more…)
We ran into PJ O’Rourke II in the bowels of Grand Central Terminal, not surprising since he spends most days underground, not just hawking his art, but creating it there too. PJ, or Flye Lyfe as he calls himself, came to New York from Tulsa, Oklahoma “2.3 years ago.” Armed with pencil, ink and trusty Adobe Illustrator, he makes hats, shirts and prints emblazoned with caricatures in his signature trippy style. His subjects have included everyone from Bugs Bunny to the Wall Street bull, but they all seem to share a penchant for the controversial–and the absurd. Kind of like political cartoons on acid. Our favorites are his New York City sports teams (below). When not posted up in the Union Square and Times Square subway stations, you can often find PJ at Raw Space NYC, a Harlem art gallery, where he hosts events and open mic nights for other, less literal, underground artists. (more…)
Ontario’s newest wine appellation is fast becoming a significant player on the Canadian wine scene. Located just south of Belleville (2.5 hours by car from Toronto), Prince Edward County is now home to more than thirty rural wineries and vineyards. With an average of two new wineries opening each year, the region is growing and increasingly attracting visitors from Ontario, Quebec, the U.S. and abroad.
Prince Edward County (locally known as “The County”) is Ontario’s most northern wine appellation and relies on Lake Ontario to provide a moderated and productive cool climate growing season. The region features loose gravely soil that lies atop the Trenton limestone, making it suitable for producing cold weather varietals such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.
While we were in Prince Edward County, we visited four local wineries. All were small, laid back places where they use the same glass for each of the tastings. Visitors were free to roam the wineries and vineyards and watch the winemaking process as it developed. Check after the jump for our findings:
Yesterday, today and tomorrow from 5:30-9:30pm, Paris hosts city-wide heures heureses (French for Happy Hours) with 2€ gourmet bites. There’s a wide range of participating bistros, bars, restaurants and gourmet food stores. Pick up your heures heureuses passport at the Hôtel de Ville and get tasting! (more…)
The Americans, starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as Russian KGB agents posing as suburban Americans living in Washington D.C., has been filming many scenes right here in New York City. In the video clip below, the show’s production designer John Mott explains that they had to find locations that would look like Soviet Russia during the 1980s. Though he does not disclose the filming location, we happen to know that the scenes set inside the Soviet Embassy (where one of the main actors, double agent Nina, works) were actually filmed at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America. The crew brought in some incredible set pieces and props to outfit the ground floor galleries and the library, like this huge map of the Soviet Union, portraits and busts of Lenin and other artifacts. (more…)