1-Brooklyn_Museum_-_Walt_Whitman_-_Thomas_Johnson Image by Thomas Johnson

Walt Whitman is one of America’s literary giants. The poet lived and worked part of his life in what was then the independent city of Brooklyn and the now borough permeates much of his work. Although more than a century of transformations have significantly changed the Brooklyn that Whitman knew, if one looks close enough it is still possible to see remnants of Whitman’s time.

1. Fulton Ferry Landing


j-ralph-studio-stage-clinton-nyc-untappedJ Ralph’s studio and stage.  Image via Vanity Fair

At 80 Clinton Street, producer J Ralph has an iron and velvet-clad recording studio tucked in an apartment building. In what was then the Galician quarter of the Lower East Side, the studio is in what used to be the Clinton Star Theatre, a vaudeville house built by Sam Agid in 1914. It has been reported that the theatre sat 1,800 people: 797 on the first floor, 283 in the balcony, and 182 in boxes. The theatre showed movies and Yiddish theatre until it closed in 1950.


Grand Central Empty-Blizzard Storm Juno-MTA Photo-2015-NYCPhotos of Grand Central: Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin

Proving that man is no match for the hype surrounding potentially disruptive weather forecasts, here is a beautiful shot of Grand Central Terminal utterly empty this morning following the transportation shut down by Governor Cuomo in anticipation of Juno. The MTA released photos of Grand Central and Penn Station, devoid of people on their Flickr feed this morning:



As the chill winter weather begins to settle on New York City, an exciting project is heating up in Queens. Advocates for the rail to trail project The Queensway have had a string of recent victories, including a grant to design a portion of the trail as well as a nod of approval from The New York Times editorial board. At Untapped Cities, we’ve been following the project for the last three years and got a recent behind-the-scenes scoop of the Queensway, with a private tour by Andy Stone and the Trust for Public Land to highlight their goals and the next steps in the project.


In partnership with The Eternal Space, a play about an untold story of the destruction of Penn Station, we are hosting a special tour of the remnants of Penn Station with Tamara Agins, tour guide, project manager at NYC Department of City Planning, and author of our popular article on the Secrets of Grand Central. Update: The 3:30pm tour is sold out but we just opened up a few more tickets for the 1pm tour:


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Our top 10 events picks for this snowy week including urban talks about The Rockaways, the NYC subway, Empire State Building as well as new exhibits at Flatiron and Gagosian.

Monday, January 26th

Check out the newly installed Snow Monsters (actually made of marble) in Flatiron plaza before the actual blizzard takes over.

Tuesday, January 27th

If these events aren’t cancelled by the snow…New York Transit Museum launches AfterHours program series with “Fix & Fortify: MTA Successes” featuring discussion between Ben Kabak, of Second Avenue Sagas and MTA Infrastructure and Facilities Officer John O’Grady.