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Architecture / Featured

Inside the Woolworth Building with the Skyscraper Museum

Last month, Untapped Cities was lucky enough to snag a ticket to an exclusive tour of the Woolworth Building with the Skyscraper Museum. The tour, held in honor of the building’s 100th birthday, began in the lobby. With great satisfaction, we stepped past the sturdy “TOURISTS ARE NOT PERMITTED” sign and, under the guard’s watchful …

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Arts & Culture / New York

Vintage Photos: Wurts Brothers in New York City

In this week’s Vintage Photos post, Untapped Cities brings you New York City through the lens of the Wurts Brothers, one of the most prominent photography studios of the 20th century. Brothers Norman and Lionel founded the company in 1894, and it quickly became the go-to studio for photos of architecture in New York. The …

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Front entrance to the Hotel Pennsylvania.
Architecture / New York

The Historic Hotel Pennsylvania: Saved!

Front entrance to the Hotel Pennsylvania

Last month, the Hotel Pennsylvania Preservation Society finally breathed a deep sigh of relief. The historic Hotel Penn, across the street from Penn Station, has been denied landmark status several times in recent years and its owner, Vornado Realty Trust, planned to demolish it in order to build …

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Architecture / Featured

Vintage Photos: Coney Island

Summer is almost here; soon it will be time for New Yorkers to get out their bathing suits and head over to Coney Island for some sunshine and corn dogs. Despite the brutal damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy, our favorite spots on Coney Island–the Cyclone, Nathan’s Famous hot dogs, the New York Aquarium, and more–have …

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Architecture / Untapped Around the World

Public/Private: How Private is Your City?

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New York is known for a lot of things—taxis, bagels, Central Park, the subway—but it is not known for privacy. Privacy, in fact, can be pretty hard to come by. Last month, BMW Guggenheim Lab launched “Public/Private,” a new interactive project that explores our individual and collective experiences of privacy in cities …

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Events / New York

Unleash Your Inner Child at Musical Chairs in Bryant Park

Last year’s Musical Chairs competition in Bryant Park

Remember what it felt like to be a kid playing musical chairs at your friend’s birthday party? The suspense. The drive to win. The frantic scramble for a seat when the music stopped. The annual Musical Chairs event in Bryant Park is an opportunity for adults to …

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Arts & Culture / New York

Save Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade!

Mermaid Parade 2011. Source: Flickr.

This year, the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade is in trouble. The Coney Island Museum and performance space, the parade’s main sources of funding, were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, and now the parade needs $100,000–well outside its budget–or else the tradition may go extinct. The annual Mermaid Parade is the …

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Architecture / Events

Never Built Los Angeles: Downtown LA Preview Party

“Never Built: Los Angeles,” an upcoming exhibit at the Architecture and Design Museum, will explore the “what if” of the city of LA through a compendium of spectacular projects—museums, parks, transportation, buildings and more—that never made it past the drawing board. The exhibit strives to tackle the question: “Why is Los Angeles a mecca for …

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Architecture / New York

Centennial Train Show at Grand Central Terminal

Train-lovers and Grand Central enthusiasts cannot miss the Grand Centennial Parade of Trains—the “grandest” train show in history—at Grand Central Terminal this weekend. On Saturday, May 11th and Sunday, May 12th, from 10am to 4pm, more than 20 historic train cars from around the world will be on display. The younger train enthusiasts will surely …

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