1-staff picks-8-4-13-untapped cities-wesley yiinSource: Laughing Squid

Our weekly round-up of articles the Untapped staff has been sharing in the office this week:

New York

We’re big on landmarking here at Untapped, but we’ve never really wondered if too much is being done (or if it’s even possible to preserve “too much”). ArchDaily tackles this question, pointing out that 27% of Manhattan’s buildings are being preserved in some way.

Check out this photo from Laughing Squid showing individuals dressed up as superheroes and Sesame Street characters… while sitting on docked Citibikes. Yeah, we don’t really know what else to say about this. Have you seen any interesting sights involving Citibikes?

Leni Schwendinger is an “illumination expert” who leads a firm that creates artistic light installations around the world. She also leads “Nightseeing” tours that “raise awareness of light and shadow, for nighttime environments in cities worldwide.” Read about her most recent tour of two Queens neighborhoods–Jackson Heights and Corona–via The Atlantic Cities.

Hannah Frishberg dared to venture into the abandoned homes on Admirals Row, in Brooklyn near the Navy Yard. Atlas Obscura has her words and photos, which capture the heartbreaking condition of these ten former houses of navy admirals. She calls them “apocalyptic,” a strong but accurate description.

2-staff picks-8-4-13-untapped cities-wesley yiinPhoto: Hannah Frishberg for Atlas Obscura


Messy Nessy Chic posted a somewhat depressing (yet still gorgeous) collection of vintage photos from 1939 Paris, literally the summer before the Nazis invaded. Everything still looks bright and cheery, which makes us even sadder when remembering that within a year, the city would be overrun. Andre Zucca’s photos document the latter time period.

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We’ve assembled a list of Manhattan’s best coffee shops for you. The Culture-ist did the same thing–except across the globe. Check out their coverage of the what they deem to be seventeen of the world’s best coffee shops.

Quartz, The Atlantic’s business blog, gave us a wake up call earlier this week by telling us that 1,700 American cities will be substantially submerged underwater by the end of the century. The climate crisis is increasing in magnitude, and it’s time we acknowledge its affects on our cities and plan for the future.

Ending on a more inspirational note, Camilo Vergara has created a photo archive of urban graphic art depicting Martin Luther King, Jr. Vergara found these images gradually in cities like New York, LA, Chicago, and Detroit without first planning to make a collection. Read his description of his own work on Next City.

3-staff picks-8-4-13-untapped cities-wesley yiinStreet art found by Vergara in LA.

Get in touch with the author @YiinYangYale.

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