When we remember vintage fashions, it’s generally the glamour that stands out the most. The Gatsby glitz and the movie stars of classic Hollywood tend to come to mind first. However, not everyone was gliding around like Grace Kelly or vamping it up with Theda Bara. In fact, it’s safe to say that most people probably just kept wearing what they always wore, with small adjustments to account for different items being available or the trend of a particular cut of cloth or hairstyle. Men especially have been wearing basically the same thing for centuries with minor differences in things like neckwear, the length of a coat, or the size of a lapel.


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There are a lot of fake signs out on the streets of New York City these days, from Happy Street Signs, to the latest in Art in Odd Places last weekend to the Icy Signs that appeared for Summer Streets. These pranks on the ubiquitous No Parking Film Shoot signs came out last year but we still sometimes wonder if they’re still occasionally hitting the streets–you’ll see why below. While here at Untapped Cities, we think film shoots are great for the city – boosting the film industry here and the caché of the city to international audiences – and great for our Film Locations column, we get how annoying street closures can be in populated areas.


Earlier this year, we introduced to you the exciting documentary film company Film at 11, based here in New York City. Their first documentary, “Haiti: Where Did the Money Go?” won the Edward R. Murrow award for News Documentary in 2013. This summer, the team was fundraising to complete the film The Uncondemned, directed by Michele Mitchel and Nick Louvel, a documentary about the first successful prosecution of rape as a war crime. Though the law has been on the books since 1919, after World War I, it was not until after the Rwandan genocide that the first conviction came, the achievement of a few young, plucky and ambitious lawyers working for the International Criminal Tribunal. It is this team, as well as the courageous women who testified in the case, that The Uncondemned follows.


Enid A Haupt Conservatory: A World of PlantsOpened in 1902, the Haupt has been restored several times, most recently by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects in 1997, and refurbished in 2010.

If the New York Botanical Garden is the city’s greatest cultural institution you’ve never visited, you’ll want to rectify that immediately. Founded in 1891 by forward-thinking citizens and funded by taxpayers as well as the nation’s most famous moguls (Carnegie, Vanderbilt, and Morgan were on the founding board), the NYBG was remarkable from day one.

Despite the NYBG’s timeless nature there are seasonal reasons to go now. For one thing, you don’t want to miss the extraordinary Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life exhibition, whose run has been extended until November 1. For another, autumn is an especially beautiful time at the garden.


S.S. United States-Philadelphia-Preservation-NYCThe S.S. United States. Photo from Wikimedia Commons via Lowlova 

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It’s not everyday we bring a poncho to a party, but then again, it isn’t everyday BBQ Films throws a blood rave. The immersive cinema group who has taken us back in time on a number of occasions, has once again given us an experience that pretty much become the dominant conversation starter until the next BBQ event. For this blood rave, BBQ Films covered the entire ground level of Terminal 5 and after a set of performances gave the crowd of 1,000 ravers what they signed up for: A showering of (fake) blood, re-enacting the iconic scene from the 1998 action film Blade(more…)