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Liao-flatiron-nyc-untappedImage via Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao

How to capture the dynamic energy of New York City in a single photograph? “Assembled Realities,” an upcoming exhibit of photographs by Taiwanese photographer Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao at the Museum of the City of New York does just that. Using different techniques and large format photography, Liao pushes the boundaries of the traditional artistic format to capture the city as it is actually viewed–by countless people, from all different perspectives. Telling The New York Times“It’s not real, but your brain says it’s real. I am documenting a concept. It looks documentary. I love to see how an image can be seen on so many different levels by a viewer.”

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Like everywhere else in Manhattan, the Upper West Side and Manhattan began as bucolic farmland, settled with farmhouses and later large mansions away from the commercial fray downtown. Grand mansions were built from the Revolutionary era through the Gilded Age, by a variety of characters ranging from robber barons to respected surgeons. Famous names like Boss Tweed, John James Audubon, A.T. Tewaert, CKG Billings and Charles Ward Apthrop once graced these halls, but their homes all fell to the same fate–the wrecking ball.

1. Charles M. Schwab Mansion

Charles M. Schwab House-Riverside Drive-Demolished-NYCImage via Library of Congress

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAImage via Eat Like No One

Dr. Brown’s Sodas have been a New York City staple for over a century. Their flavors and branding place them in the center of New York City’s consciousness. In 1869, Schoneberger & Noble began producing the Dr. Brown’s brand. Whether or not an actual Dr. Brown ever existed has since been lost to time. Still today, each flavor of Dr. Brown’s sodas depict a different scene from old New York. The current labels were designed in the 1970s by Herb Lubalin based on prints of Old New York.

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Photos from Atop 432 Park Avenue

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

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In the three years after he called for a “participatory art project” at a TED conference in Long Beach, California, French street artist JR and his Inside Out Project has become one of the most ambitious and appealing art projects in the world. Since 2011, the art project has expanded from the streets and villages acrossthe globe, to installations in places like our own Lincoln Center, Times SquareEllis Island and the Paris Pantheon.

One aspect of the Inside Out Project that JR has picked up during his many travels is the photography of ballet dancers. Inspired by his time at Lincoln Center photographing the NYCB, Jr has once again photographed ballet dancers, this time on the roof of the famous Palais Garnier, one of the homes of the Paris opera.

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IMG_2231 seaman drake arch

Yesterday, we covered 8 of NYC’s monumental arches, including two that are no longer standing today. One, the Seaman-Drake arch still exists but is mostly forgotten and graffiti-ridden. This 35-foot high marble arch is now partially obscured behind buildings in Inwood. The arch is a remnant of a once wealthy family, whose marble estate was once entered via this monumental arch. According to The New York Times, the Drake family built their estate in 1855 on a hilltop north of the Dyckman family, using marble quarried from a location at the foot of the hill along Broadway. A low marble wall extended from the arch, which was said to be an exact replica of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

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