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Meridith is from Houston, Texas and, despite loving New York, still misses the heat and the Tex-Mex. She studies Creative Writing and Linguistics at Columbia University and previously wrote for Dishing magazine––so her favorite topic is, unsurprisingly, urban restaurants and food.

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With the imminent demise of New York City’s pay phones in 2014, it seems miraculous that the wooden phone booths of fifty or sixty years ago still survive in private spaces. We’ve rounded up seven of the last stragglers, most of which are tucked away in bars and restaurants throughout the city.


papaya-king-grays-hot-dogs-greenwich-village-nyc-004    The glowing, tropical storefront of the Papaya King juice and hot dog shop near St. Mark’s Place.

Cheese and crackers, milk and Oreos, chicken and waffles––when did papayas and hot dogs become a classic food combination in NYC? Gray’s Papaya and Papaya King, with locations in uptown Manhattan and in Greenwich Village, would make you think so.

Papaya King invented the combination. Their original store opened in 1932 as a tropical juice bar alone, but with an obvious focus on the papaya. Why papaya? A result of founder Gus Poulos’ first vacation to Cuba, where this “Aristocratic Melon of the Tropics” was plentiful.


Here’s a roundup of what the Untapped Staff has been enjoying this week for great city reads!

wish-jorge-rodriguez-gerada-belfastJorge Rodriguez-Gerada’s piece, “WISH,” is the largest land art in the United Kingdom. Photo via Arrested Motion.

Belfast, Northern Ireland

How many masterpieces have been painted using 4,000 metric tons of soil and sand and 30,000 wooden stakes? “WISH,” an installation by Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, spans 11 acres through a field in a Northern waterfront sector of Belfast. According to The Atlantic, the shy smile depicted on those 11 acres belongs to a six-year-old Belfast resident, and Rodriguez-Garada hopes that her face will inspire a “genuine hope for a brighter future for all of us who share this land.” The installation should last until December 2013––or at least, until it’s plowed over by a forgetful farmer. (more…)


There is something comforting about eating the same food your mom packed for you in elementary school. In Greenwich Village, Peanut Butter and Company’s sandwiches capitalize on that wish in an entire store dedicated to PB&J. The shop has nearly a dozen  flavors of peanut butter, and a wide array of sandwiches ranging from the original peanut-butter-and-jelly on white to a sandwich with spicy peanut butter, grilled chicken, and pineapple jam. (more…)

drive-change-maple-drizzled-grilled-cheese-food-truck-nycThe Drive Change NYC food truck promotes social justice for formerly incarcerated youths while providing amazing maple-based foods. Image via Drive Change.

New York

The first-ever food truck for social change is about to begin its rounds around Manhattan and Brooklyn. According to Brooklyn Based, founder Jordyn Lexton saw an opportunity to promote social empowerment using food trucks. Drive Change NYC trains and employs formerly incarcerated youths in an effort to combat the high rate (66 percent) of youth offenders who return to prison within a year of release. Drive Change’s first truck––Snow Day––is set to launch the first week of November. With goods including maple-drizzled grilled cheese sandwiches and maple-bacon donuts, Snow Day is a truck worth actively searching for.



Apart from its beauty, the Ombla River near Dubrovnik, Croatia has a useful purpose or two. Until 1960, the water was used to power a flour and pasta factory––but the building, intriguingly, was actually built by a now-famous German architect in the 16th century. Explore this beautiful abandoned building through the photographs below, submitted by Untapped reader Thomas Löbig, who previously explored the abandoned 5 star resort in Dubrovnik(more…)