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In the last month, Untapped Cities has had the pleasure of looking at the many reader Instagram submissions from the #UntappedCities and #BigScreenNY contest. The winners, selected by the Untapped Cities editorial staff, will be shown on the Big Screen at Big Screen Plaza next to Herald Square starting this coming Monday, April 27th to May 1st, 2015 daily at lunchtime, 12pm-1pm. Thank you to all that participated! Below are a few samples that you’ll see on the Big Screen:


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The Old Bronx Borough Courthouse, the site of No Longer Empty’s latest exhibition.

Built between 1905-1914, the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse at 878 Brook Street has been shuttered for the last 37 years. Now, it’s been reopened for the first time as part of No Longer Empty‘s series of public art programs in underutilized spaces. When You Cut Into the Present the Future Leaks Out brought together 26 artists from the Bronx and across New York to create site-specific work drawing inspiration from the structure, its history, and the surrounding neighborhood.


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Gothamist has a great post about the movie theater that was once in Grand Central Terminal–something we’ve covered before but they have nice vintage images and items in the post. Grand Central Theatre, opened in 1937 (possibly earlier), showing news reels, shorts and cartoons. The 242-seat theater operated for three decades and then was gutted for retail. Today it’s the Grande Harvest Wine shop next to Track 17, a previous tenant was a photo shop. Renovations to the terminal in the 1990s revealed the ceiling, that stylistically matches the one in the main terminal.


Harlem EatUp photo of chefs participating in the Event with Harlem EatUp Founder Marcus Samuelsson seated in the front row - Melba Wilson of Melba's Restaurants to the left and Charles Gabriel of Charles' Country Pan Fried Chicken on the right

Harlem EatUp photo of Chefs participating in the Event with Harlem EatUp Founder Marcus Samuelsson seated in the front row – Melba Wilson of Melba’s Restaurants to the left and Charles Gabriel of Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken on the right

A renewed interest and growth in Harlem has seen no bounds. From park to park and from 110th Street heading north, new housing, shops and restaurants are springing up faster than can be announced. Bringing it all together is a new festival Harlem EatUp which will take place from May 14-17, celebrating the food, culture and spirit of Harlem all wrapped up in a festive four-day event.


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A new exhibit, Streets of NYC, at the Morrison Hotel Gallery features thirty years of celebrity street portraits by photographer Lynn Goldsmith, that incidentally also capture a lot of New York City that has disappeared. As the Boston Globe writes, “this show is as much about New York as it is about her subjects, many of whom have also been close friends and collaborators. Some of the prints show parts of the city that no longer exist. An area where she photographed artists near the West Side Highway is now the High Line.”