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This week we decided to change things up and feature one photographer in particular. Instagram user @black_soap has been consistently submitting jaw-droppingly beautiful photos of New York City for months, always surprising and inspiring us. From Brooklyn to the Bronx and everything in between, @black_soap shows us the city from its best vantage points and proves that gritty is beautiful too.

Looking downtown, with 1 WTC on the Horizon

Untapped Cities Instagram pic of the week WTC by Black Soap

Chinatown, with the Woolworth Building and the top of 1 WTC in the distance

Untapped Cities Instagram pic of the week Chinatown by Black_Soap

Bus Lane in Soho

Untapped Cities Instagram pic of the week bus lane by Black_Soap

The Williamsburg Bridge and Brooklyn rooftops

Untapped Cities Instagram pic of the week Williamsburg Bridge by Black_Soap

Looking through a window at the Lower Manhattan skyline

Untapped Cities Instagram pic of the week window by Black_Soap

Barbed wire in a back alley

Untapped Cities Instagram pic of the week alley by Black_Soap

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.

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