07/30/14 10:30am

Queensway Connection_ENYA_AIANY_Bhushan Mondkar_Untapped Cities-006The Queensway Steps by Carrie Wilbert and Eleonore Levieux (Paris, France)

Abandoned, forgotten, in ruins, re-discovered and now re imagined as a much needed green artery in the heart of the world’s most (culturally) diverse county! The QueensWay is slowly but steadily making strides to become the next ‘rail to trail‘ urban sensation. Envisioned as an undulating linear park, it aspires to go a step beyond the High Line in transforming abandoned infrastructure into a multifunctional park system with pedestrian pathways, bike lanes, performance spaces, art installations and community gardens, not to forget the cuisines from around the world that might possibly be stippled along the 3.5 mile rustic experience.

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07/30/14 9:00am

Brooklyn Supper Club in a dumpster NYC’s Secret Supper Clubs New York City Untapped Cities Sabrina RomanoSalvage Supper Club in Williamsburg. Image via Grub Street.

In the past, an invitation to a supper club would bring thoughts of middle-aged women having a potluck dinner and detailing the neighborhood gossip. But New York City has brought supper clubs to a whole new innovative and quirky level. Here, we’ve rounded up 6 of the most unique secret supper clubs, rated more for their usage of clever covert locations than on the exclusivity of an invitation. These range from dinners in reclaimed dumpsters, to private homes to helipads.

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07/29/14 4:00pm

Times Square 1910-NYC

Here’s what the Untapped Cities staff is reading in the HQ today!

07/29/14 2:00pm
Basketball players in front of Daniel Hauben's "Under the El," installed by the MTA on Freeman Street in 2005

Basketball players in front of Daniel Hauben’s “Under the El,” installed by the MTA on Freeman Street in 2005

When we headed up to Freeman Street in the Bronx to see the new Seis del Sur photo exhibit, Sin Límites, we were certainly surprised. This once discouraged-looking elevated stop is hopping with cultural draws. As you get off the train you’ll see elegant panels of colored faceted glass illustrating different subway scenes. Called “The El,” the six panels were created by artist Daniel Hauben, once dubbed the “Bruegel of the Bronx” by the New York Times, who was commissioned by the MTA’s Arts for Transit project in 2005.

Given that the original Seis del Sur exhibit, Dispatches from Home, documented some of the most dramatic and disturbing graffiti in the history of New York, visitors might be justifiably surprised to see the pristine condition of these public art works. Yet pristine they are—not a cracked piece of glass or ugly vandalism as far as the eye can see.

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07/29/14 12:00pm

Out of the DarkImage Source: Flickr.com by Eric

Daily NYC bike commuters‘ fragile existences hang in the balance of which route they choose to take. Quick and efficient routes depend on a number of factors, including directness, traffic volume/flow, safety, time of day, and the overall nature of the neighborhood. Below, we recommend both five routes you should start taking advantage of and five routes you should drop like a bad habit. We assume that you’ve already learned that the Hudson River Park Bikeway is awesome and the Brooklyn Bridge is, well, not, and hopefully you’ve taken in our top 10 tips for biking in NYC.

Routes You Should Utilize

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07/29/14 10:00am

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When BJ Lomax throws a party, you can be sure you will end up dead on your feet by the end of it. This past Friday, we had the honor of continuing our coverage of the always amazing BBQ Films events with Weekend at Bernie Jr’s, a party hosted by multi-millionaire himself BJ Lomax. The party was to celebrate the launch of his latest start up BernBux, and, like the man himself, he wanted to do it in style. Buying out the Playland Motel in Far Rockaway, we saw first hand the Champagining & Campaigning lifestyle of BJ Lomax himself.

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