Photo via Constantine Valhouli
It would be nearly impossible to visualize the songs that reference and are inspired by New York City – until now. Real estate developer Constantine Valhouli (whose past exploits include a Facebook hoax centered around fake memorial plaques) took it upon himself to comb Wikipedia’s list of songs referencing New York City, and has created an interactive map which puts a pin on the location mentioned in each song. (more…)
In this installment of Fun Maps, we looked at a 1970’s New York City subway map we had lying around the Untapped HQ and we found subway relic of the past. On September 23rd, 1978, amidst struggles to put into place rebuilding projects from the 1960s and an impending train operator strike, the Transit Authority introduced the “Train to the Plane” or the “JFK Express.” The ride charged premium fare and featured higher quality train cars. The train was actually slower than the A service, though many residents of Howard Beach, Queens were happy to pay extra for a more comfortable ride to work or home.
Photo via Urban Reviewer
The Urban Reviewer is an interactive map of NYC “master plans” (aka, urban renewal plans), where tenants were re-located in order to clear the way for urban development plans. The city has been funding urban development projects in neighborhoods they deemed “blighted” since 1949, but the maps starts in ’52. The map is by the 596 Acres group, which is dedicated to mapping publicly owned land so neighborhoods could access and utilize community owned spaces.
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest hits Coney Island this weekend. Photo via Huffington Post.
The 4th of July is around the corner, and with it comes the annual Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island Pier. Broadcast on ESPN2, this world-famous gastronomical event brings thousands of bystanders every year. While it’s certainly New York City’s most famous eating contest, it is far from the strangest. Those with strong stomachs should have a taste of the more bizarre eating contests the city has to offer, from a tray of deep-fried calf brains to a deadly combo of tequila and habanero peppers.
Little Senegal, or “Le Petit Senegal” to many of the Francophone locals, is home to African immigrants from Senegal, the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, and more. It is centered around 116th Street and Lenox Avenue right in the middle of Harlem. Over the past 30 years, the population of immigrants from West African countries has slowly grown and expressed its influence in the area. (more…)
We’ve already seen two of the more unusual themed bars: The Slaughtered Lamb in Greenwich Village and The Way Station in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Now, let’s look back at those two quirky bars, and we’ll show you two new ones in a roundup of some eccentric places to nerd out with some drinks.