Marilyn Monroe in the NYC Subway Vintage Photo-Grand Central Terminal-2Marilyn Monroe in Grand Central subway station. Photo by Ed Feingersh/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

You’ve seen the iconic image of Marilyn Monroe on top of the subway grate (though it wasn’t all filmed in NYC). But have you seen the photos of Marilyn in the NYC subway? In March 1955, Marilyn heads into Grand Central subway station wearing a fabulous menswear style coat to “take the subway.” Here are images from the whole photo series:


LInkNYC WiFi Coverage Map-I Quant NY-NYC

Following last week’s announcement that New York City’s pay phones would be converted into high speed WiFi consoles, Ben Wellington from I Quant NY created more of his fun maps analyzing the WiFi coverage of the pay phone consoles.


Thanksgiving Parade NYC-Vintage Photo-Hot Dog

At Untapped Cities, we are getting excited for the holiday season. Check out some unique Christmas tree displays, your favorite anime movie on the big screen, or an autumn wander with an artist through the Lower East Side.

Monday, November 24th

Visit the Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History featuring 800 hand-folded paper models created by local, national, and international origami artists. The tree will be on display from November 24th to January 11th, 2015. Check out more Christmas trees in our 7 Alternatives to the Rockefeller Christmas Tree.


Located on Lenox Avenue between 146th and 147th Streets in Harlem

Located on Lenox Avenue between 146th and 147th Streets in Harlem

Harlem’s Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot has come a long way since 1890, when it was a two-story trolley barn. Modified as a bus depot in 1939, renovated in 1990 and was named in honor of Mother Clara Hale in 1993.  Even with the 1990 renovation, the facility wasn’t accommodating the needs of the MTA or the community, with buses forced to idle on Lenox Avenue for lack of room, and so many buses on 147th Street that often the cars couldn’t get by. The building was demolished in its entirety to make way for a more modern facility.

The $262 million project was a joint effort of the MTA and surrounding community, addressing not only the needs of the MTA but also the concerns of the people who live in the area.  MTA Arts & Design joined in the effort, choosing artist Shinque Smith to do a large-scale mosaic piece titled “Mother Hale’s Garden” for the facade facing Lenox Avenue.  There was a concentrated effort to employ locals, from the guard service to engineering and cleanup.


This week, we’re looking at all your amazing photographs of fall, nature and the great outdoors. We may write about cities, but we do appreciate the glimpse of outdoor exploration you’re showing us. Hashtag #UntappedCities on Instagram and Twitter if you would like to have one of your photos entered in the running for our weekly “Best Of”column. Also, you can keep an eye on what contributors and readers are checking out by browsing the live feed.

Sun Peeking Out by jen.yc




Get to know Untapped Cities contributor Marta Elliott who has written about NYC’s real and fake mews, about anarchist history in NYC, and about a hidden bakery in Tribeca:

What’s your “day job”?

By day, I’m a student at NYU who likes to walk everywhere to learn about this ever-evolving city. I’m formally studying Architecture, Urban Design Studies, and Literature, but my curiosities span all 22.7 square miles of this island.

What’s your favorite Untapped spot in your city?

My favorite Untapped spot in New York is the tiny park on 7th Avenue with the wonderful architectural birdhouses by Vincent Mele. McCarthy Square is just a small bit of a park on a busy avenue, but I find this place really peaceful. There’s never more than 2 people sitting on the benches, enjoying the birdhouses, and taking a break from walking. The park doesn’t pretend to be “a green escape from the bustling city,” it just embraces the cars rushing by and the retail surrounding it. The manifestation of Mele’s craftsmanship is there for such simple enjoyment that I can’t help but stop in this park whenever I have the time.