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At the exhibit, The Rise of Sneaker Culture which opened at the Brooklyn Museum in July, sports and fashion go step by step in this showcase of rare sneakers and the evolution behind this ‘soleful’ culture. As one observes the various brands in glass displays—Adidas, Converse, Puma, Nike, Reebok, Asics, and more it is easy to forget that what is on their feet is what everyone is there to see.

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On the rotating art mural along the High Line, a new work by artist Kerry James Marshall imagines New York City’s water towers as luxury condos and apartments. This isn’t a future that is too far off, with a speakeasy once built into a water tower and a steel tank converted into a rooftop cottage already in the city.

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Did you know there is a tennis court inside Grand Central? Or that the ceiling is backwards? Untapped Cities is bringing back our popular “Secrets of Grand Central” tour led Tamara Agins from the New York City Department of City Planning and author of our popular series on the secrets of Grand Central. Bonus: the tour ends at the Campbell Apartments, the Gilded Age office and salon of tycoon John W. Campbell, now converted into a soaring hidden bar where you can stop in for a cocktail.

Join us on Sunday, August 16th at 1:30pm, tickets are limited:

The story of Grand Central Terminal is that of New York City itself: the structure embodies the social, cultural, economic and technological evolution around it.  It is one of great men, feuding architects, ingenuity, rejuvenation, secrets and surprises.  On this tour, we will tell you these stories – about what once was, what could have been, and what can be; about the struggle to save and restore Grand Central as preserved icon of past, and of challenge to ensure that it serves New York’s future. We will show you what it was like in the booming age of the railroad, as a rundown embarrassment, and as a renovated jewel at the center of the city. Together, we will explore the interesting and unique spaces produced for and by it. Whether you pass through it every day on your morning commute or it’s your first time in the Beaux Arts beauty, you are sure to leave having learned, seen, or experienced something new and extraordinary.

Check out more Untapped Cities events here, including tours of the Remnants of Penn Station as well as an exploration down into the underbelly of the Woolworth Building.

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Few buildings in New York City strike a more iconic silhouette than the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. A concrete spiral and one of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright‘s most notable creations, the museum sees just as many visitors seeking to appreciate its architecture as it does visitors coming for the art. Built in 1959, the story of its conception and construction married Wright’s avant-garde design instinct with Solomon R. Guggenheim’s taste for art that pushed boundaries. The building, which was renovated in full in 2005, is one of the most popular destinations in the city’s art scene even eighty years after its opening day. Here are the top 10 secrets we found about the place.

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When we moved to our current Untapped Cities offices this summer, we noticed some unusual decorations in the lobby. These drawings, composing a little gallery of one-off cartoons and a collection of The New Yorker and Story magazine covers, were not just decorations, as they were. Their unique style actually is that of R.O. Blechman, a cartoonist and animator, whose work was placed in our Lincoln Center-area office building lobby at 157 Columbus Avenue by Landmark West, a preservationist group dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the Upper West Side.

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