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Just days after the New York Daily News proclaimed that “Staten Island wants to be the new Brooklyn,” 20 intrepid Untapped Cities readers met at the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island at 10 am on a Saturday for a Behind the Scenes NYC Tour of the borough’s north shore developments with the NYCEDC. It’s not lost on residents, community leaders and small businesses on this traditionally forgotten boroughthat Staten Island could be the new frontier. Combine rising rents in other boroughs with substantial city investment and redevelopments plans for Staten Island (plus space), and you’ve got the makings of a new destination, those involved hope.


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From 9pm to midnight this Saturday August 1st, 375-foot images of the world’s most endangered animals will be projected onto the south side of the Empire State Building in the aptly titled, Projecting Change: The Empire State Building. The duo behind the project are Travis Threlkel, co-founder of Obscura Digital, a visuals and graphics firm and Louie Psihoyos, a filmmaker and photographer who directed the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, detailing the hunting of dolphins in Japan. In succession, their forty 200-lumen projectors will cast digital images of a snow leopard, a golden lion tamarin and manta rays, along with snakes, birds and various mammals and sea creatures onto a 33-story span of the building from West 31st Street rooftop.


Interactive via WNYC

A few weeks ago, WNYC released a real-time ‘agony index‘ of subway station ambient heat throughout New York City. The index was quite nice to look at, provided you were safe in the air-conditioned sanctuary of the glorious indoors instead of actually out in the subways, but also offered an interesting visualization of exactly how hot the city’s subway routes became during the worst months of the summer.

This week, WNYC has taken another step and mapped its findings of ambient temperature in the city’s subway stations mostly in Manhattan and south of Central Park. Aiming a temperature sensor at the platform away from the air-conditioned train cars, they found that while some stations are rather bearable at 80 or even 70 degrees Fahrenheit, some stations were upwards of 100 degrees.


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August is in full swing next week with events from the Museum of the City of New York, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros at Celebrate Brooklyn!, the New York Renaissance Faire and a cabaret boat tour.

Monday, August 3rd

The Museum of the City of New York presents Noxious New York: Race, Class & Garbage, part two of a series on urban development and pollution: ‘Garbage and the City: Two Centuries of Dirt, Debris, and Disposal,’ led by historian Julie Sze.

The Urban Park Rangers are hosting weekly obstacle-challenge Adventure Courses in Queens’ Alley Pond Park, for people of all ages and physical ability. The next outing takes place on August 9th and registration opens August 3rd.


SlideTheCitySummerStreets Untapped Cities AFineLyneSlide the City will arrive to Summer Streets this month. Photo via Slide City website

This Summer we’ve had a plethora of exciting art installations in all five boroughs. Playful, colorful, interactive, life-like, thoughtful and thought-provoking. We’ve been treated to art in public spaces and parks that have never had art before. Here’s what’s new in August, along with other installations in the city that are still up this month: