We received two sound clips from an anonymous source, rather mysteriously recently, in response to our recent photo expedition down in the construction of the Second Avenue Subway. All it said was that the attached sound files were the “loaded” train announcements for two stations stops along Phase I, the rerouting of the Q train from 63rd Street to 96th Street.


Broadband Coverage Place I Live Fun Maps-NYC-Untapped CitiesOne map available from Place I Live New York depicting the broadband coverage of Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and parts of Staten Island. Image via placeilive.com

How many times have you found yourself wondering exactly how the five boroughs and the countless New York City neighborhoods stack up in terms of marital status or preferred home-heating method? If the answer to that question is anything other than ‘never,’ you’ll find something worthwhile at placeilive.com, a mapping website that offers a visualization of all of New York City based on concentrations of just about every social identifier imaginable.

Cupcake Shops Fun Maps Place i live-NYC-Untapped CitiesThe all-too important distribution of New York’s cupcake shops. Image via placeilive.com

Average Income concentration fun maps Place I Live-NYC-Untapped CitiesAverage income distribution. Image via placeilive.com

With the click of a button, viewers can see New York divided up and categorized according to age, ethnicity, average income, the year of construction for most buildings, air quality, and the prevalence of crime, to name a few. The website also provides several filters that plot the locations of a few quirkier categories like subway stops, breweries, cupcake stores, grocery stores, organic grocery stores, gyms, and bike shops.

Still, the most surprising finds undoubtedly come from the ‘Sports’ section of the map, which provides interested viewers with the location of handball courts, paintball fields, ski lodges, and those ever popular cricket fields that Manhattan is so famous for.

PlaceILive Demograhpic Map-NYC-Untapped Cities-jinwoo chongOne map available from Place I Live New York depicting the Life Quality Index of Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and parts of Staten Island. Image via placeilive.com

According to the website’s background information, all of these categories and maps are combined into a single density map that it calls a Life Quality Index: “All the categories are rated and used to estimate Life Quality Index ratings which can give you a better insight about different areas and boroughs in and around New York City. The map not only gives you a better background information of various locations, whether you are looking to rent, buy, or sell, but also helps you find interesting places to visit in New York City that you might have missed.”

The website’s overall real estate bend seems obvious now, come to think of it. And to think we just thought it was a fun little app used to procrastinate.

Next read about Tracking the Biggest NYC Parking Ticket Offenders by State. Get in touch with the author at @jinwoochong

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In our monthly showcase, Untapped Cities Street Art Columnist Christopher Inoa highlights the top five New York City graffiti and street art pieces found on the city’s walls, rooftops and tunnels. 

It’s now that time of year where we make the switch to ice coffee and any piece of clothing that goes below the knee, or elbow is in the back of the closet. Our music playlists are filled with music that make us want to dance. And it’s also a good time as any to go out and find all the new art that has popped up around the city. Nostalgia, color, and a strong attention to detail has gone into the pieces highlighted this month. If this is a preview of the work to come in the summer months, we’re excited. Here are the top five pieces of May 2015.  (more…)

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Founded by the New Museum and now in its third edition of the biennial, Ideas City open its doors today, May 28th, with this years theme “The Invisible City.” Through May 30th, the Ideas City Festival will host conferences, debates, workshops, performances and architectural and artistic interventions.  In keeping with the theme, they will be exploring questions of transparency, surveillance, and citizenship in a quest for visibility in the city. The event launched this morning with a livestream of the festival, broadcasting the discussions from The Great Hall at Cooper Union.


Belmont Park-First Air Mail Service-NYC-Washington D.C.-Queens-NYCThe first airmail flight in history, preparing to depart from Belmont Park in Queens. Image via newsday.com

Two crowds gathered together on an especially foggy May morning in 1918 — one on the Washington, D.C. Polo Field, and the other on the historic Belmont Park racetrack in just outside Queens. Both crowds, which included the likes of President Woodrow Wilson and then-Postmaster General Albert Burleson, were there to witness history; May 15th would be the day of the inaugural air mail service between New York City and Washington, D.C., with a stop in Philadelphia along the way.