At Untapped Cities, we are getting excited for the holiday season. Check out some unique Christmas tree displays, your favorite anime movie on the big screen, or an autumn wander with an artist through the Lower East Side.
Visit the Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History featuring 800 hand-folded paper models created by local, national, and international origami artists. The tree will be on display from November 24th to January 11th, 2015. Check out more Christmas trees in our 7 Alternatives to the Rockefeller Christmas Tree.
In partnership with the Historic Districts Council, author Catherine McNeur will be discussing her recently published book Taming Manhattan: Environmental Battles in the Antebellum City, a work that “details the environmental history of the city in the years before and during the Civil War, when pigs roamed the streets and cows foraged in the Battery.” RSVP here.
At 3pm, get a sneak peak at the massive balloons being inflated for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade at 79th Street and Columbus Avenue.
The African Diaspora International Film Festival begins with screenings at venues across Manhattan that focus on the experience of those of African descent living all over the world. Check out the full program here.
The documentary John’s of 12th Street documents the daily motions of a century-old Italian restaurant in the East Village, and will be debuting at The Spectacle Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Check out our 15 Vintage NYC Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes.
Check out the city’s holiday markets, from the Brooklyn Pop-Up Holiday Market in Bushwick, Long Island City Flea & Food Holiday Market, and the famous holiday markets at Union Square, Bryant Park and Columbus Circle.
“Lower East Side Drifts” are a series of “artist-led perambulations” around the Lower East Side. The walks are a part of an artist residency program at the Lu Magnus Art Space. The next walk will take place at 2 pm on Sunday; reserve your place here.
Did we miss any events? Contact Anna Brown at @brooklynbonanza.
Harlem’s Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot has come a long way since 1890, when it was a two-story trolley barn. Modified as a bus depot in 1939, renovated in 1990 and was named in honor of Mother Clara Hale in 1993. Even with the 1990 renovation, the facility wasn’t accommodating the needs of the MTA or the community, with buses forced to idle on Lenox Avenue for lack of room, and so many buses on 147th Street that often the cars couldn’t get by. The building was demolished its entirety to make way for a more modern facility.
The $262 million project was a joint effort of the MTA and surrounding community, addressing not only the needs of the MTA but also the concerns of the people who live in the area. MTA Arts & Design joined in the effort, choosing artist Shinque Smith to do a large-scale mosaic piece titled “Mother Hale’s Garden” for the facade facing Lenox Avenue. There was a concentrated effort to employ locals, from the guard service to engineering and cleanup.
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By day, I’m a student at NYU who likes to walk everywhere to learn about this ever-evolving city. I’m formally studying Architecture, Urban Design Studies, and Literature, but my curiosities span all 22.7 square miles of this island.
My favorite Untapped spot in New York is the tiny park on 7th Avenue with the wonderful architectural birdhouses by Vincent Mele. McCarthy Square is just a small bit of a park on a busy avenue, but I find this place really peaceful. There’s never more than 2 people sitting on the benches, enjoying the birdhouses, and taking a break from walking. The park doesn’t pretend to be “a green escape from the bustling city,” it just embraces the cars rushing by and the retail surrounding it. The manifestation of Mele’s craftsmanship is there for such simple enjoyment that I can’t help but stop in this park whenever I have the time.
Happy 50th birthday Verrazano Bridge! Photos of bridge under construction.
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In one of our favorite lesser-known museums in New York City, the Louis Armstrong Museum, are secret tapes of the music legend talking about being busted for smoking pot, and telling his manager he will refuse to play unless he fixes it so he can smoke as much as he wants without going to jail. The tapes were recorded by Armstrong himself on a reel-to-reel recorder at his home in Corona, Queens. From December 1950, until his death in 1971, Louis documented his life ‘for posterity’ on to 750 tapes, totaling thousands of hours of recordings, now owned by Louis Armstrong House Museum. He tells dirty jokes, rails against racism, practices his trumpet, and fights with his wife. And he talks at length about his regular marijuana use.