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Larissa is a New York City-based writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. You can follow her culinary travels at http://ibikeforfood.blogspot.com.

City Island “Seaport of the Bronx,” the bridge that connects City Island to the mainland. Photo by JosephA/Flickr.

You don’t need a ferry to get to City Island, the small island east of the Bronx mainland, but it might help if you have a car, or don’t mind riding the bus. Once you cross the bridge into City Island you will feel a million miles from anything you know of as New York City. The atmosphere is ripe for a Cape Cod movie set: shingled storefronts, high-steepled churches, restaurants named after big-game fish and more. But first, a little history:


foragedchickweed_avachin_untappedcitiesChickweed, edible to some, pesky weed to others. Photo by mystuart/Flickr.

If you judged it by its name, you might think the Food Book Fair is all about books. But actually the Third Annual Food Book Fair, coming to Williamsburg  April 25-27 brings together authors, magazine and book editors, filmmakers, designers, artists and people like us: food enthusiasts.

Untapped Cities sat down and talked to native New Yorker Ava Chin, one of the authors competing in an event at the Food Book Fair, the Food Book Slam, to hear more about her hobby, foraging, her new memoir, “Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal,” and, perhaps most important of all, how she is training for the competition.


Whirls and Twirls by Sol LeWitt in the 59th Street Columbus Circle Station

The network of artistic communities coursing through the five boroughs is wide and vast. Armory Arts Week, in celebration of these groups, is throwing open the doors in locations from the Bronx to Brooklyn starting today and going through Sunday, March 9th. We know, we know, it’s cold outside and you don’t really want to go far from home or spend time walking around in that thin jacket. Well, instead of going to see the art, Untapped will bring it to you, deep underground, on your next subway ride home.  (more…)

UntappedCities_MTASubwayArtCardsThe 2014 MTA Art Cards installed on an E train. Shown: “Robots” by artist Susan Farrington

In addition to the polar vortex, January was the month for the installation of three new art posters in the subway as part of the MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design, a program that has been going on for well over thirteen years.

The New York City subways are known for many things, and at Untapped Cities, we’ve been showing you all the art you can see on your daily commute today and what you’ll see in the future on the Second Avenue Subway. Each weekday over five and a half million people ride the subway, and that’s a whole lot of eyeballs looking for a place to alight.


One of the dozens of cast-iron buildings in the SoHo historical district. Photo by Larissa Zimberoff for Untapped Cities

On a recent tour by the Center for Architecture Foundation (CAF), led by Catherine Teegarden, Director of Education, a group of history buffs learned to decode the signs at our feet and above our heads that tell the story of New York City in the 1800’s. The CAF tour, part of its “Reading the Streetscape,” series focused specifically on the intricate, yet simple, cast-iron architecture that SoHo is known for.


JFK Airport-Greenmarket Farmers Market-Jet Blue-Terminal 5

A farmers market in an airport terminal might sound strange, but not when you’re JetBlue, and not when it’s October 31st. If you’re lucky enough to be traveling on Halloween, and you’re flying out of John F. Kennedy International Airport on JetBlue Airlines, then be sure to leave yourself with a little extra time at the airport so you can enjoy the first ever pop up farmers market––IN a terminal! The market, located well beyond security, is geared to boarding pass holders alone, and today is the final day.