On the corner of Abbot Kinney and Cadiz Ct. in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, we ran into this great mural by Alexis Diaz entitled, Rooster Fish. Alexis Diaz (La Pandilla) is an Artist / Muralist from Miami by way of Puerto Rico. In addition to his solo work, Alexis often works collectively with his friend and fellow artist Juan Fernandez, under the name “La Pandilla” (The Gang). Both artists are known for intricate line detail, splashes of vibrant color and the melding of fantastical animal imagery. (more…)
Once a favorite haunt of America’s illustrious industrialists (and to an extent it still is), the great Hudson River Valley estates stand as a testament to the bygone Gilded Age as popularized by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. While not as well known as the Gold Coast Mansions along Long Island Sound, the imposing Palisades and majestic Hudson River Valley that straddle New Jersey and upstate New York captured the imagination of the foremost industrialist of all, the first American billionaire and founder of Standard Oil, John D. Rockefeller. (more…)
The MetroNaps facility on the 24th floor of the Empire State Building. Source: NY Times.
For all the talk about NYC being the city that never sleeps, we were surprised (and delighted) when we discovered that there’s an entire floor of “nap pods” in the Empire State Building. At MetroNaps on the 24th floor, tired New Yorkers can kick back in a space-ship-like chair to catch some much-needed zzz’s in twenty minute intervals. (more…)
Where in America could No. 33 be found? Source: Hanai Honey.
Summer is road trip season, and Untapped contributor Rembert Browne is embarking on a pretty epic one across America. His planned three-month trip includes a visit to the National Toy Hall of Fame, picking up hitchhikers in Vermont and livening up his travels with a self-created Great American Scavenger Hunt. His exploits will be guided by one simple philosophy: say yes. Nothing is off limits in Browne’s “Summer of Yes,” which has its roots in a no-holds-barred summer he spent with friends in 2008. (more…)
Hell’s Kitchen has come a long way from the gang rule it was once under. Today its real estate prices are skyrocketing, new construction projects are constantly underway, and trendy, tourist-friendly bars and restaurants are popping up on almost every corner. Many now mourn the area’s increasing gentrification, but they can take comfort in the fact that there are still some largely undiscovered places in this once-gritty neighborhood. (more…)
Pier 57, abandoned for almost a decade, will be revived by 2015. Source: Blouin Artinfo.
Just a few months ago Pier 57 was a floating concrete box that sat abandoned on the Hudson River at the end of 15th Street on the West Side Highway. But with the approval of the city council this past April, the renovated three-acre complex will be built from repurposed shipping containers and promises to be a lively junction of art, fashion, film and food. Plans call for a number of retail shops and restaurants and over 100,000 feet of outdoor public space, to be completed in 2015. (more…)