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Vaccine vials, piano keys, matchboxes, and vintage slides. These are the materials one encounters in the work of Brooklyn-based artist Ian Trask. By creating refined artistic objects out of trash, Trask forces us to reconsider the value of our waste. Untapped Cities headed to his new solo exhibition “Give and Take,” at the Ground Floor Gallery to check out his unique recycled compositions.

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New Yorkers passing the corner of 7th Avenue and Carmine Street may notice something a little strange outside Cafe Español. Parisian artist Shani Ha has installed a bistro table split between inside and outside of the café, an installation she calls “Table for Two,” a piece inspired by Edward Hopper’s painting Nighthawks.


NYC abounds in its wealth of iconic museums, obscure museums and more. Which takes the prize for aging gracefully against the test of time? Discover the ten oldest museums in New York City in our list below.

1. The New-York Historical Society (1804)

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The New-York Historical Society Museum and Library, founded in 1804, takes the title of oldest museum in New York City. The Society changed locations eight times until 1902, when construction began on its present building on 170 Central Park West. The photo above shows the Society’s building in 1908. See past exhibits and events at the NYHS.

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It’s the final week of the holiday season in New York City! We have selected our top events, including caroling in the East Village, a story-telling open mic at the Brooklyn Historical Society, and a lesson in “iPhoneography.”

Monday, December 22nd

The Brooklyn Historical Society will be hosting The Moth StorySLAM, an open mic storytelling competition. Stories will be inspired by the current exhibition He Said, She Said, a series of photographs of Brooklyn in the 1970s and 1980s by Lucille Fornasieri Gold, and the paintings they inspired decades later by Nell Panter.


Constantine Valhouli-NYC Property Prices-Hand Drawn Map

Map makers Constantine Valhouli and Cat Callaghan have been behind some of the Fun Maps we’ve featured on Untapped Cities, like tracking the Beat Generation and mapping every song referencing  NYC. For his latest work, Valhouli tells us he was hoping to take a break from the typical heat map to show “in a more accessible way how New York City housing prices are really disparate,” and how there are “surprising pockets of affordability” that show up using this type of map versus a more conventional visual format.

The maps include both hand-drawn and digital versions with the height of each neighborhood’s section representing the cost of property per square foot.  (more…)

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Don’t be daunted by the cold weather! Bundle up and head outside for performances, tours, and the quirkiest holiday markets you’ve ever been to, all inside one amazing city.

Monday, December 8th

In a response to the recent police shootings in the U.S., Willing Participant (with members fro Elastic City) will be leading a “disarm,” a performance that peacefully engages New York City police officers in a dialogue. The performance begins at 7pm at the SE corner of 49th Street & 6th Avenue in Manhattan. More information is available here.