04/21/14 10:00am

Last fall, gawkers on 41st Street and Avenue of the Americas marveled as the lobby of 5 Bryant Park was converted into a street art exhibit. While the building continues to undergo construction, the street level floor features tall glass windows that display the work of four international artists:  Max Bode and Don Rimx from Brooklyn, Chor Boogie from San Francisco, and Polish artist Natalia Rak. Enlisted by building owners Equity Office Properties, Art Battles hosted competitions between the artists as they painted the 100′ by 25′ rear wall of the building’s lobby. In this newly released video by Cultation, we learn more about the inner workings of creating a street art hotspot in the middle of Midtown Manhattan, while at the same time learning about each artist’s background and their newly forged relationship with New York City. (more…)

04/21/14 9:00am

Clever hats on this couple Clever, architectural hats at the Fifth Avenue Easter Parade

It started as an Easter Sunday Church Event in the middle of the 1800s, but the New York City Fifth Avenue Easter Parade has evolved to be one of the most glamorous and over-the-top events of the year. Fifth Avenue is closed to traffic from 47th Street to 57th Street and fashionistas, men & women of every age—and their pets—strut their stuff. As architecture buffs, we were on the lookout for the most unique (and sculptural) outfits!

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04/20/14 11:00am

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This week we profile Untapped Cities intern Matt Nestor, who writes our vintage photos column and likes to cross-dress and write about it in his free time.

What’s your “day job”?

I do the downtown hustle, peddling everything from script edits to Airbnb rooms.

What’s your favorite Untapped spot in your city?

Everybody knows about Caffe Reggio on MacDougal street, but not everybody flirts with all the waitresses there as relentlessly as I do.

Favorite piece you’ve written for Untapped:
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04/19/14 11:00am

Here are our picks for the Best of the Untapped Cities Photo Pool: Water Water Everywhere. Remember, to have one of your photos entered in the running for a “Best Of” nod, just hastag your Instagram or Twitter urban exploration pictures #untappedcities. Keep an eye on what contributors and readers are checking out by browsing the live feed.

Looking across the East River by Dawn Waters (@dawnwaters30)

Untapped Cities Instagram pic of the week by dawnwaters30

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04/18/14 3:00pm

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New York City

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04/18/14 1:00pm
The current gutted space at 288 Lenox Avenue

The current gutted space at 288 Lenox Avenue

It was with great sadness that Harlem watched as its famed Lenox Lounge got shuttered on December 31, 2012.  The property located at 288 Lenox Avenue has been closed since then, stripped of its iconic interior and art deco doors and padlocked. It has been waiting to undergo a transformation by a new tenant hoping to breath life back into a space where Miles Davis and John Coltrane played, Billie Holiday sang, and the likes of James Baldwin and Langston Hughes graced those tables during the Harlem Renaissance. This week we finally saw some activity and we were fortunate enough to be able to take a peek.

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