04/20/14 11:00am

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This week we profile Untapped Cities intern Matt Nestor, who writes our vintage photos column and likes to cross-dress and write about it in his free time.

What’s your “day job”?

I do the downtown hustle, peddling everything from script edits to Airbnb rooms.

What’s your favorite Untapped spot in your city?

Everybody knows about Caffe Reggio on MacDougal street, but not everybody flirts with all the waitresses there as relentlessly as I do.

Favorite piece you’ve written for Untapped:
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04/19/14 11:00am

Here are our picks for the Best of the Untapped Cities Photo Pool: Water Water Everywhere. Remember, to have one of your photos entered in the running for a “Best Of” nod, just hastag your Instagram or Twitter urban exploration pictures #untappedcities. Keep an eye on what contributors and readers are checking out by browsing the live feed.

Looking across the East River by Dawn Waters (@dawnwaters30)

Untapped Cities Instagram pic of the week by dawnwaters30

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04/18/14 3:00pm

Space Invaders-Fresco-Dan Hernandez-Genesis-Kim Foster GallerySpace Invaders as Frescos

New York City

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04/18/14 1:00pm
The current gutted space at 288 Lenox Avenue

The current gutted space at 288 Lenox Avenue

It was with great sadness that Harlem watched as its famed Lenox Lounge got shuttered on December 31, 2012.  The property located at 288 Lenox Avenue has been closed since then, stripped of its iconic interior and art deco doors and padlocked. It has been waiting to undergo a transformation by a new tenant hoping to breath life back into a space where Miles Davis and John Coltrane played, Billie Holiday sang, and the likes of James Baldwin and Langston Hughes graced those tables during the Harlem Renaissance. This week we finally saw some activity and we were fortunate enough to be able to take a peek.

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04/18/14 12:00pm

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In March, we posted the first Judgmental Map of NYC by Joe Larson. Though hilarious, his colorful comments were mostly located to Manhattan, which Untapped reader Ivan also pointed out in the comments “Hey look at that someone who thinks NYC doesn’t extend past Manhattan how cute.” As if responding to that cue, Larson released an all new judgmental map this week.

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04/18/14 10:00am

haunted-house-nyc-untapped-citiesSource: Boroughs of the Dead.

Walking around New York City by day, it’s easy to pass by the many historic parks and buildings without a second glance. Nighttime is a little scarier in lower Manhattan, however, with so much eventful–and often grisly–history in the area. We took a little tour of the city’s haunted haunts with Boroughs of the Dead and came away thoroughly spooked. Check out the city’s haunted past in this week’s featured Foursquare list.

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