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AFineLyne

Lynn was born and raised in New York before venturing off to Los Angeles in the late 60's and 70's and Coconut Grove Florida in the 90's, until her full time return to New York in 2007. She resides in Harlem, working as an artist and selling her poster maps and original watercolors in many of the shops in both Greenwich Village and Harlem. You can follow her paintbrush on Facebook at Greenwich Village Sketches and Harlem Sketches or on her website www.afinelyne.com and on Twitter.

04/14/14 9:00am

Inside the entrance you will find a colorful showcase filled with gifts & souvenirs

Every day, talented people come to New York City, suitcase in hand, hoping to make it on Broadway.  But sometimes that dream takes more then a day or a month or two. Enter Ellen’s Stardust Diner, where those with talent and stardust in their eyes have a way to pay their rent on their way to the top—and sharpen their skills along the way.  (more…)

04/08/14 10:00am

This year on the Park Avenue Mall is Alice Aycock’s ‘Park Avenue Paper Chase’

There are more then daffodils popping up in our parks and public spaces.  Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite public art pieces so far this season that we think you should check out this month!

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04/07/14 2:00pm
The new entrance to The Urban Garden Center as they reopen

The Urban Garden Center opening weekend of April 5th after the explosion in East Harlem

New Yorkers love their markets. They pop up in every borough in every form, from the greenmarkets to the flea markets, and they are a large part of our history. Last June, Untapped Cities wrote of a market that celebrated East Harlem’s past.  Located under the overhead tracks and running from 111th Street to 117th Street along Park Avenue, La Marqueta, Flea Marqueta and The Urban Garden Center have brought back the spirit of Fiorello LaGuardia’s original 1936 plan conceived as an informal gathering place–a place for pushcart vendors and other merchants to sell their produce.  Unfortunately the market slowly declined in the 1970′s and several attempts to bring it back failed.  (more…)

04/04/14 10:00am
The Family Jewels on West 23rd Street

The Family Jewels on West 23rd Street

We’ve been clad in wool for too many months!  It’s time to think Spring and we thought we’d share some of our favorite Thrift and Vintage Shops, their addresses and websites too.

Beginning in the Village and Chelsea, we started at…..

Shareen Vintage located at 130 West 17th Street.  Dresses, dresses & more dresses and a beautiful selection of vintage wedding gowns.  This is not a street level shop.  It’s located on the 2nd floor of a walk-up building and worth the trek.  (more…)

04/02/14 10:00am
Scale models of The Kelpies measuring 15 feet high

Scale models of The Kelpies measuring 15 feet high

New York Tartan Week will run from April 4th through the 8th, with a parade on Saturday, April 5th. In recognition of the contributions made by Scottish Americans, Bryant Park has brought in the latest work of Scottish sculptor Andy Scott.  In his piece, The Kelpies, the artist pays homage to Scotland’s supernatural water horses for Celtic folklore.  The original pieces are 100 feet high and sit in The Helix Parkland in Falkirk, Scotland – monumental sculptures depicting supernatural water horses from Celtic folklore.  They are said to be the largest public artworks in Scotland and the largest equine sculptures in the world. Now you can see models of them right in Bryant Park!

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03/05/14 11:00am

Armory Arts Week

Armory Arts Week, which takes place March 5-10, began in 1994 as The Gramercy International Art Fair, named after its initial location in the Gramercy Park Hotel. In 1999, the name was changed to The Armory Show and moved to the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue. Since then it has become one of the most anticipated art events of the season. We are all familiar with the big shows: The Armory Show at the Piers, Volta NY, Scope, ADAA, which, by the way, donates all of its ticket proceeds to the Henry Street Settlement. Here at Untapped Cities, we’d like to suggest some Armory Arts Week events you might not have thought of.  (more…)