07/23/14 12:00pm

Macstix Macbook Stickers-Decals-Brooklyn-NYCMacbook stickers by Macstix, Spotted in a coffee shop on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn

We’ve been spotting these neat Macbook stickers in coffee shops all around Brooklyn and Manhattan recently. And they’re not those big decals that take over people’s Macbooks, ruining the clean, sleek Apple design. These stickers transform the lighted apple, turning it into a lightbulb, the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, a banana and other fun icons.

Digging a little deeper, we discovered that the stickers are by a company called Macstix, based out of New York City. The stickers are designed and made by German architect Felix David who created them to counter the uniformity of the Mac. And with Apple’s latest advertising angle featuring Macbook stickers, along with this super fun video, Apple has given its seal of approval.

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07/23/14 10:00am

Death by Audio-Brooklyn-DIY Music Venue-NYCTenement performing at Death by Audio. Image by the band.

In spite of rent increases, robberies, and patterns of escalating police intervention, NYC’s DIY music scene continues to thrive. Whenever a much-loved performance space closes down, another one seems to pop up to take its place (which is definitely not the case in every major city). This may make it hard to keep up, which is why we’ve conveniently assembled this list of New York City’s top ten DIY venues. Each venue listed is still in operation and are not listed in any order of importance. Enjoy!

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07/23/14 9:00am

Miniature Door-Cynthia Von Buhler-Speakeasy Dollhouse-NYCPhoto by Bryan Thatcher of SuzyMae checking out a door

A couple days ago we came across this adorable find by Scouting NY on Wythe Avenue in Brooklyn. In fact, these architecturally detailed miniature doors, looking just like the series of fairy doors in Ann Arbor, have been popping up all over New York City, tagged with QR codes that lead to the Speakeasy Dollhouse. Conveniently, we’ve been covering the Speakeasy Dollhouse and other theater pieces by Cynthia von Buhler for quite some time now so we could ask her some questions about it.

The craziest thing about these fairy doors is that von Buhler isn’t putting them up herself–it’s her fans. Speaking with von Buhler, she tells us that said fans have been installing them for two and a half years: “About 150 doors have been put up. Some have doormats with secret keys underneath. A few actually open.” Design-wise, the fans have been inspired by van Buhler’s book, But Who Will Bell the Cats?

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07/22/14 4:00pm

Pichi-Avo-Greek Gods-Shipping Containers

Here’s what the Untapped staff is reading in the HQ today:

07/22/14 2:00pm

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Courtesy of Boo York City

Advertisers have been trying to sell dreams for over a century, but one New York artist is actually bringing them to life – inside Altoids tins. Christopher Grant, based in Astoria, re-creates people’s dreams through creating paper dioramas in Altoids tins.

“Dreams are so real and visceral during the process and immediately vaporize upon waking, so I wondered how I could preserve at least a moment of something so ephemeral and lasso its whimsy” said Grant. (more…)

07/22/14 12:00pm

Canal-Hudson-Tunnel-Tribeca-NYC-Untapped Cities-Nasha VirataAn entrance at the intersection of Canal and Varick Streets

Canal Street ranks as one of the busiest of New York’s thoroughfares. It connects Manhattan to both Brooklyn and New Jersey, via the Manhattan Bridge on the east and the Hudson Tunnel on the west, respectively. One of the city’s functionally named streets, the area was originally occupied by (you guessed it), a canal which was built in the early 19th century to replace Collect Pond as the central sewage system. Today the street bustles with outdoor vendors, knock-off designer watches and handbags, jewelry stores and traffic jams as it runs from the Lower East Side, Little Italy, Chinatown, SoHo and Tribeca.

Yet tucked right in the middle of Canal, Laight and Varick streets, and sandwiched between Chinatown and the Hudson Tunnel, is an oasis of calm and peace (well, for Canal anyway).

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