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What’s your “day job”?

I’m a junior at Sarah Lawrence College and study physics and poetry as main components. Now that the summer’s over, I work as a Teaching Assistant on campus and start a third job on Tuesday working as a TA in a 2nd grade classroom in Yonkers, New York.

Favorite piece you’ve written for Untapped:

I wrote an article about Portuguese street art VHILS, aka Alexandre Farto, who had done a sculpture entirely made of cork for Portugal’s International Street Theatre Festival Imaginarius in Santa Maria da Feira. He’s my absolute favorite street artist.



We checked out the pop-up shipping container market at Pier 57 this weekend, which is a preview for the upcoming upcoming renovation into the SuperPier, a $200 million food and retail complex arriving in 2015. Construction begins next month. Some highlights:


Here’s what the Untapped Cities staff has been reading and sharing this week, from a portable public square, missed connections, and street art written in code.

Last House Standing

Baltimore, Md.

A stand-alone row house in Baltimore, Maryland. Source: Slate.

Atlantic Cities highlighted Baltimore-based, German-born photographer Ben Marcin who shoots images of single row houses that stand in vacant lots in Baltimore, Camden, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. He started, “Last House Standing,” inspired by the single row houses alone in his own neighborhood. “Here they were, violently shorn of their neighbors like a gap-toothed pumpkin; most of the original decorative features still in place,” he tells Atlantic Cities. Baltimore has a $22 million, two-and-half-year plan to knock down 15oo abandoned houses like these. 


As we looked at fall events in New York City, we were amazed about how many incredible food events there were. Here we’ve highlighted our favorites for September and the beginning of October, many which highlight the local food scene.

Taste Talks Festival 9/14 and 9/15

taste-talks-curator-April-Bloomfield-brooklyn-untapped-cities-september-2April Bloomfield will be the curator of Taste Talks. Source: The Blade.

This two-day festival of symposiums, discussions, and workshops is based entirely around food and for the food-obsessed. Taste Talk is a collaboration with Northside Media Group and renowned chef April Bloomfield. There are dozens of events such as a coffee pancake breakfast, a bitters workshop, a food photography course and discussions including Is The Restaurant Over? and The New Brew with Blue Bottle, Intelligentsia, Stumptown and Toby’s Estate Coffee with complimentary coffee provided by Stumptown. It’ll take place September 14th and 15th. Get tickets here.


Ghostbusters-nypl-1984-LA-1Los Angeles Central Library shot as New York Public Library in original Ghostbusters (1984) film.

Last week, news broke that The New York Public Library had finally caved in to public and critical outcry and would indeed save the stacks in the main branch of the library at Bryant Park. For this week’s film locations column, we’re looking back to the first ghostbusters film from 1984. In the movie, New York City faces an outbreak of paranormal activity of “alleged ghost sightings,” and the first sighting happens in the New York Public Library.


It’s common to see freight elevators (like the elevator museum!) open directly to the street in New York City, but what about a private elevator?