Yes, this is an accurate, detailed map of New York City’s MTA system completely redone in the style of Super Mario Cart. Because after all, life in the City often does feel like one long obstacle course video game, shiny floating gold coins, banana peels and all. Robert Bacon, an actor/digital video producer from Chicago created this work of genius. Check out the little feathers by the airports, adorable grove of stumpy trees for Central Park, and the creepy little castle that looks like it belongs on Staten Island.
Maybe Bacon had a reason for creating this… and maybe he didn’t need one: “The New York City Subway system has over 840 miles of track and over 450 stations. Making a 16-bit pixel by pixel recreation was easily my biggest challenge yet,” he said.(more…)
Talk about the penthouse suite! Bergdorf Goodman once had a seventeen-room apartment overlooking Fifth Avenue and Central Park. When Edwin Goodman, who bought out Herman Bergdorf’s share of the company in 1903, decided to move the store to its current location on the corner of 58th Street and Fifth Ave., he made sure the new building would include a private apartment for his family. Rumor has it he drew the first sketch of the building on a cocktail napkin in the bar of the Plaza Hotel. Bergdorf Goodman even had a private elevator that only made two stops–Goodman’s office on the seventh floor and the penthouse suite. But here’s the kicker: due to zoning laws, Edwin and his son Andrew had to call themselves janitors in order to live inside the store! (more…)
We first met Orit Greenberg, a film location scout for Boardwalk Empire, when she was looking for a 1920s bank interior for the fourth season. She had come across the abandoned Bank of Manhattan in Long Island City through Untapped Cities, during our exhibition partnership with No Longer Empty inside the bank. With our recent two part series on Boardwalk Empire film locations, we decided it was time we did a profile on Orit.
At Untapped Cities, our community of contributors and readers are the most important thing to us. We began with one person writing and photographing the city and now have over 300 contributors around the world sharing quirky urban finds and architectural tidbits. We’re always amazed by the tips and articles submitted by our readers and are always welcoming new people into our growing contributor base.
We’re pretty f*ing excited to be approaching 10,000 real Untapped Cities fans on Facebook. as we’ve never once advertised for “likes” on Facebook or “followers” on Twitter. In honor of this milestone, we’re doing a giveaway for a ticket to our upcoming tour of the off-limits Woolworth Building (1st Prize), an illustrated print of Central Park by Lynn Lieberman, and postcards of NYC by the Downtown Doodler.
We’ve only got a few tickets left on the January 22nd tour (at 6:30pm) and one of those will go to one of our lucky readers! Enter the giveaway in the widget below. You can also buy tickets for the tour directly at the bottom of this page.
In our roundup of nautically-influenced architecture in New York City, the O’Toole Medical Services Building of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Greenwich Village was high on our list. Built originally for the National Maritime Union by architect Albert C. Ledner, it’s clad in white with portholes as windows. It closed in 2010, but The New York Times has reported that the building will be reused as a medical facility again by the North-Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, who will repurpose the space as an emergency room and care center.