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With a packed room full of eager onlookers, the Center for Architecture (CFA) kicked off the first of a series of conversations surrounding its newest exhibit Design(in) the New Heart of New York. The series, which is largely dedicated to the Related Companies’ Hudson Yards, began on Monday night with a roundtable conversation with some of New York’s most prominent real estate professionals introducing the public to the massive new development that will define what Related claims to be “The New West Side” of Manhattan.


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Amidst the scattered sea of boxes, equipment, and cars, in what otherwise would seem like an overflowing storage facility rather than the new headquarters for an emerging brewery, lies the mold for the Bronx Brewery’s push from local brewer to a national giant, and they are eager to get started.

Even with the previous tenant still moving out of the warehouse, just east of the Sheridan Expressway, the Bronx Brewery, which has been rapidly expanding since its founding in 2009, has already begun making plans for the site. Bringing in architectural teams to survey the site, the Bronx Brewery is set to include everything from a full production and bottling lines to a tasting room to the four 20 barrel brewhouses and fermentors that are set to arrive from Prince Edward, Ontario six months from now. The company is also planning to expand the building’s current administrative space and even find room for a dog run for the workers’ faithful on-site canines.


Nestled in the middle of Brooklyn lies one of New York’s most precious yet unrecognized treasures — Erasmus Hall. Arguably the oldest secondary school in the State of New York; the school has grown to become an iconic symbol in East Flatbush. The school’s roots date back to Dutch settlements in the late-1700s when it was built from a land grant and the generous donations of some of our founding fathers (i.e. Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, Peter Lefferts and Robert Livingston). Erasmus Hall, initially consisting of one tiny wooden structure, was officially founded in 1787 and landmarked in 1966. (more…)

Welcome to the Wacky Maps column. At Untapped, we investigate the urban environment but we also don’t take ourselves too seriously. So with Wacky Maps, we use the same professional mapping tools the city government uses–but we’re mapping zany things like fast food deserts (not desserts) and mixing up Paris and New York. Disclaimer: don’t take our accompanying text too seriously either. It’s often satirical, which is something we know New Yorkers get (we hope).

New York’s Fast Food Desert Heat Map: Tough times for…Williamsburg (and Staten Island):

Data Source: Google, using national corporate fast food chains located in NYC such as Taco Bell, KFC, McDonalds, Wendys, Popeyes and Burger King

Moving to New York hasn’t been easy. Let’s face it, this city is tough. There’s a lot of strife and struggle that everyone has to deal with so I try not to complain. The problem for me though isn’t having to deal with a 45-minute commute to work each day on a crowded, unpredictable L-train or even avoiding the a-hole whose nose is in his Blackberry. It’s the fact that after a long day at work, or a long night at the bars, I can’t find a god damn cheeseburger! I’m not talking about the ones made by the bodega delis that seemingly make every consumable product but the good stuff — the greasy stuff.

Now before I go on I have to say that this is probably largely my fault for moving to Williamsburg of all places in New York. It’s a land full of gourmet shops that offer anything from cheese to chocolates, but fast food it has not. I know this. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stumbled throughout the ‘Burg in search of a Frosty only to find myself in a seat at Kellogg’s Diner. It just couldn’t be. How could all the great fast food chains be absent from my neighborhood? Impossible, right? Wrong, it was even worse than I thought. As it turned out, I was smack dab in the middle of a fast food desert.

Being from California I had no idea these existed. I used to be in a paradise complete with all the KFC Double Downs and Taco Bell Crunch Wrap Supremes that I could ever ask for but now there was nothing. I had to settle for the Dunkin Donuts/Taco Bell combination next to my office in Manhattan (yes it does exist on 28th and Madison if you don’t believe me) where both parts of the business somehow had infiltrated the taste of the other.

How was I supposed to know? How was anyone supposed to know that about New York? Well I have made certain that this will never happen again. I present to you the first New York City fast food heat map. Now you can all base your next moving decision not merely on the commute to work or the social scene but with a little more foresight as to how to successfully walk home drunk and get your Frosty fix in your very own neighborhood.


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Not many New Yorkers know of or have the need to use the B & D station at 155th on 8th Avenue, but my work takes me across the river to the greener pastures of the Bronx, and due to a grand miscalculation in my Manhattan apartment selection, the closest subway station that takes me to the borough of ill repute is one that has plagued commuters for nearly eighty years.

Or has it? What at first seems to be a haphazardly placed subway station is actually a station rich in a history lost to both New York City and the game of baseball.

As a Californian, walking through New York has done wonders to tone my legs. Having to hike across the city is something that I normally enjoy, but I never expected something like this.



For some, this is just a name of another borough. But for those who know it, it is one that possesses a identity that just isn’t present anywhere else in the city. Looking at Brooklyn’s western waterfront on a city map you’ll notice its piers, easily discernible from the rest of the Brooklyn landscape, jutting into the East River enclosing Wallabout Bay. Sandwiched between Downtown Brooklyn and Williamsburg its home to really just one thing–The Brooklyn Navy Yard.