Amar Stewart-Untapped Cities-Sweet Science-Art-Painting-Ex Post Facto-Williamsburg-NYCThe Watchers by Amar Stewart

Amar Stewart, the British artist now residing in Brooklyn, whom we profiled last April, has a new solo exhibit, “Ex Post Facto.” In the United States, “ex post facto” laws, which change the legal status of any kind of action, are prohibited. In the United Kingdom, though, these kinds of laws are common, as parliament (unlike, say, Congress) can change laws as they will. Stewart, who has lived in both countries, perhaps knows of this contradiction between these two governments. It fits along with his style of mixing 21st century urban artists from the West, with the style of 17th century British royalty.


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We recently met artist Killy Killford via Skype, as he spoke with Untapped Cities founder Michelle Young at the Fordham University conference Law, Urban Space, and the Future of Artistic ExpressionKilly is the man behind Happy Signs, produced from his self-proclaimed Dept. of Well Being. Prompted by the sheer number, and the “do not” messaging of New York City street signs, the UK-native decided to take matter into his own hands. In the conference, he admits he moved to New York for a girlfriend, and needed something to do (if not a job). Installing positive street signs that said what he wanted like, “Honk Less, Love More,” and “New York Loves You,” he soon realized that if he added the words “Dept. of Well Being,” people would think the signs were legitimate.


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We know Alexander Calder for his large-scale statue and mobile sculptures but New York City can also lay claim to Calder’s only terrazzo piece and possibly his only immobile sculpture.

On the sidewalk of 1014-1018 Madison Avenue between 78th and 79th streets, black and white tiles are arranged in zigzag and swirl patterns. Installed in 1970, the block was restored in 2002 with the support of the Calder Foundation and the New York City Landmarks Commission.


sergio coelho statue of liberty nyc skyline downtown untapped citiesSource: Sergio Coelho on DesignCrowd

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Janos Marton and Bill de Blasio Untapped Cities by Janos MartonJanos with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, bonding over a favorite music album

Today, we profile longtime Untapped Cities contributor Janos Marton, who also heads up the Today in NYC history series.

What’s your “day job”?

I am the curator of Janos.nyc. I also keep myself busy meddling in local politics.

Favorite piece you’ve written for Untapped?

My 2012 piece on the Ellis Island South Side hospitals, for Untapped Cities’ campaign with Partners in Preservation. Touring those decaying buildings, it was hard to imagine that it was once the most cutting edge mass health-care facility in the world.


On May 1, 1915, the Bartow-Pell Mansion in the Bronx’s Pelham Bay Park was the site of a tree planting ceremony.  That ceremony is connected to two other events, centuries apart, in which trees were at the center of deals that resolved conflicts over the land where the mansion sits.