07/14/14 10:00am

10004337005_6452cfbc04_zA vintage double decker bus of the Fifth Avenue Coach Company. Image Source: Flickr.com by the MTA

Fifth Avenue has it all: opulent retail, national embassies, corporate headquarters–but no Subway line. Why is this? Not only is there no line now (and no plans for one in the future), but no elevated trains or trolleys have ever operated on one of the world’s grandest thoroughfares. In fact, the avenue’s transit history is one of the most complex of any street in New York City. (more…)

07/14/14 9:00am

A couple years ago, we sent Untapped Cities editor Benjamin Waldman on a quest to track down places that memorialize Edgar Allan Poe. In the process, one particular item that gave him trouble was locating the mantel in front of which Poe wrote his famous poem “The Raven.” According to documentation Waldman tracked down, Columbia University had acquired the mantel in 1908 from a Colonel Hemstreet who had saved the mantel from destruction during the demolition of the Brennan farmhouse, where Poe had lived on what is now 84th Street and Broadway.


07/11/14 3:00pm


Here is what the untapped staff are reading at the HQ today:

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07/11/14 1:00pm



In this installment of Fun Maps, we looked at a 1970′s New York City subway map we had lying around the Untapped HQ and we found subway relic of the past. On September 23rd, 1978, amidst struggles to put into place rebuilding projects from the 1960s and an impending train operator strike, the Transit Authority introduced the “Train to the Plane” or the “JFK Express.” The ride charged premium fare and featured higher quality train cars. The train was actually slower than the A service, though many residents of Howard Beach, Queens were happy to pay extra for a more comfortable ride to work or home.


07/11/14 12:00pm

Our exclusive Untapped Cities Woolworth tour has been so popular, we’re offering more chances to check out the off-limits building this summer and fall. Although our July 17th tour is sold out, we’ve got dates for August 23rd (just a few tickets left), October 9th, November 8th and December 4th . This intimate, hour-long tour is led by Jason Crowley, a preservationist and architectural historian who is working to digitize and catalogue the New York Historical Society’s extensive collection of Woolworth Building archives.

Jason will lead us across the street to City Hall Park where we’ll examine the highly ornamented exterior of what was once the tallest building in the world. After discussing the Woolworth’s crucial importance to the development of the skyscraper and the New York City skyline, Jason will take us into the lobby, where he’ll share commentary on the vaulted ceilings and sculptural details, and into the bank vaults of the basement.

Following the tour, there will be an optional cocktail hour at Fraunces Tavern where you can mingle with other members of the Untapped community. Buy tickets here:

Saturday, August 23rd Tour 12pm:


07/11/14 10:00am

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Don’t put away your reds, whites and blues just yet because Bastille Day is right around the corner! Celebrate French National Day all weekend long with events and activities around New York City in anticipation of the holiday on Monday, July 14th. Vive La France!

1. Maille Mustard Truck

Just in time for Bastille Day, luxury mustard makers Maille will be bringing a mustard bar to Manhattan in the form of a food truck from July 11th to 13th. Originally, La Maison Maille held the unique responsibility of supplying King Louis XV of France with his official stash of vinegar and mustard. A visit to the food truck comes with complimentary tastings of five different varieties and a chance to compose an individual palette of Dijon flavors. Click here for more information on Maille and for a complete list of when and where Maille Mustard Mobile with be available. (more…)