New Year’s Eve can be a stressful event to navigate in New York. There’s so much going on, often at outrageous prices, that it’s difficult to pick the best option – causing many New Yorkers to just call it a night and stay home. Here’s a list of alternative New York events to get you excited for 2016:
Old signage for the Icelandic Phallological Museum. Images via Museum’s website
New York is filled with unusual and unique museums. We have the Troll Museum which houses the world’s largest collection of trolls in the world, the Morbid Anatomy Library which contains a collection of mummified, pickled, fossilized and waxed specimens and the Long Island City Elevator Historical Society which gives a detailed historical narrative of the elevator as an invention that revolutionized transportation and architecture, just to name a few. But one museum concept New York is yet to tap into is a collection of phalluses. And on that front, Iceland’s got us beat. Take a trip to Reykjavik to visit the Icelandic Phallological Museum – a museum filled with penises.
Today we profile Untapped Cities intern, Anne Guerra. Although she never thought she’d love a city as much as she loves New Orleans, exploring New York for the site has made Anne question her beliefs.
What’s your favorite Untapped spot in your city?
The Eldridge Street Synagogue has got to be my favorite Untapped spot. The chandelier (which is upside down!), the stained glass windows and architecture are all breathtaking. Not to mention, its history is fascinating. Its just a magical place to be in.
Favorite piece you’ve written for Untapped:
Invader Strikes in NYC Again: Photos and Map of Locations was a lot of fun to work on. While it wasn’t always easy, tracking down his pieces was like hunting for clues. I’d see a phone number next to one of his images and Google it to find out where it was. And now when I’m out in the city, I’ll see a landmark and remember that’s where one of his mosaics are. It never disappoints to see them in person.
Screenshot from “The Blowing Bowler” (2015)
A new stop-motion animated short film by Chris Sickels will depict the development and history of the New York City’s subway car design at Fulton Center, presented by MTA Arts & Design. The short, The Blowing Bowler, follows a man as he chases after his wind-tossed bowler hat in a subway. While pursuing the hat, “a progression of subway cars rolls by representing designs from the Beach Pneumatic Transit Company (1870s), Interborough Rapid Transit Company (1910s), a second generation R-10 car (1940s), a R-15 car (1950s), a car from the 1970s State of the Art Car Program (SOAC), and a more recent R-188 subway car (2013).”
Screenshot of ‘Gangs of NYC’ map. View of five boroughs
New York’s gang history is old as the city itself. When you take a look at some of the histories of New York’s streets and neighborhoods, you can often find traces of violence and criminal organization sprinkled throughout time. The notorious Five Points in lower Manhattan during the 19th century became popular in American culture after Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York. However, did you know Hell’s Kitchen was home to several gangs around the same time period? Or that the Doyers Street Tunnel in Chinatown was nicknamed “The Bloody Angle” because so many gangs used the location as an assassination point?
While it’d be pleasant to think that these gangs and their influence over the city have eroded with time, New York Daily News has just released a new interactive map,”Gangs of NYC and How Close You Live to Them,” that allows you see which gangs, active and inactive, exist around New York’s five boroughs.
All renderings via Dezeen
Announced this past Friday, a proposal by Perkins Eastman for a “Green Line” is getting a considerable amount of buzz. The visionary concept, developed in the hopes of bringing more green space to New York, would combine two urban successes of the last decade – the High Line in Chelsea (2006) and the pedestrianization of Times Square (2009). Akin to the High Line, the Green Line would create a 40-block stretch of urban green public space, and like the pedestrianization of Times Square, it would close off even more of Broadway to vehicular traffic.
Dezeen, who first broke the story, points out that this project would be unique in the cityscape– rather than repurposing underutilized or unused areas, like the abandoned freight train track of the High Line or a trolley terminal for the proposed Lowline Park, the Green Line would convert one of the busiest streets in Manhattan into a park.