Here are our picks for the Best of the Untapped Photo Pool for this week. Remember, to have one of your own photos showcased, all you have to do is tag your urban exploration shots #untappedcities. Keep an eye on what other readers and contributors are checking out during the week by visiting the Untapped Cities Live Feed!
Caption reads: On its balcony Washington was inaugurated Prest. April 30th, 1789. Image via New York Public Library Image Gallery
The US Congress wasn’t always atop Capitol Hill. Contrary to popular belief, the first US Congress met in the old City Hall, which is now “Federal Hall” at 26 Wall Street. Congress met in New York from 1789 to 1790, when it moved to Philadelphia because the members wanted a smaller city they could have control over. The first US Congress also wanted a city to be developed around the federal government, so for some obvious reasons Congress had to move. (more…)
Yes, this is an accurate, detailed map of New York City’s MTA system completely redone in the style of Super Mario Cart. Because after all, life in the City often does feel like one long obstacle course video game, shiny floating gold coins, banana peels and all. Robert Bacon, an actor/digital video producer from Chicago created this work of genius. Check out the little feathers by the airports, adorable grove of stumpy trees for Central Park, and the creepy little castle that looks like it belongs on Staten Island.
Maybe Bacon had a reason for creating this… and maybe he didn’t need one: “The New York City Subway system has over 840 miles of track and over 450 stations. Making a 16-bit pixel by pixel recreation was easily my biggest challenge yet,” he said.(more…)
Talk about the penthouse suite! Bergdorf Goodman once had a seventeen-room apartment overlooking Fifth Avenue and Central Park. When Edwin Goodman, who bought out Herman Bergdorf’s share of the company in 1903, decided to move the store to its current location on the corner of 58th Street and Fifth Ave., he made sure the new building would include a private apartment for his family. Rumor has it he drew the first sketch of the building on a cocktail napkin in the bar of the Plaza Hotel. Bergdorf Goodman even had a private elevator that only made two stops–Goodman’s office on the seventh floor and the penthouse suite. But here’s the kicker: due to zoning laws, Edwin and his son Andrew had to call themselves janitors in order to live inside the store! (more…)