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New York Compost, a project by designer Debbie Ullman,  a former art director at the New York Daily News takes those ubiquitous but underutilized newspaper boxes you see on the sidewalks of New York City and turns them into clever, guerrilla composting sites. A composting proponent, Ullman uses decommissioned newspaper boxes to collect compost to make the experience fun, memorable, and transformative.


Inside the 128 Year-Old Eldridge Street Synagogue 

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We’re excited to not only serve as co-sponsor for the December 1st event “Designing Better Affordable Housing” at the Museum of the City of New York, but to also announce that the panelists will be taking crowdsourced questions right from Untapped Cities community that you can submit online in the next week. The panel will discuss how best to renovate and repurpose the existing buildings in New York City while bringing new sustainable development into the affordable housing market.


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Now in its 24th year, The New York Botanical Garden and Applied Imagination have filled the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory with the Holiday Train Show. The installation fills the space, with tracks and trains whistling around you at several levels. No matter where you’re standing, you will view treasured landmarks in a colorful garden setting.


Top on any urban explorer’s (and Untapped reader’s) list is getting to see the inside of the Washington Square Park Arch. Occasionally, press get access but as the story goes, we have Dadaist Marcel Duchamp, painter John Sloan and their buddies to thank for the closure. In 1916, they climbed to the top, cooked food, lit Japanese lanterns, fired cap pistols, launched balloons and declared it the independent republic of New Bohemia. Citizens were outraged and the interior door of the arch was sealed.


Constructed in 1887, the majestic Eldridge Street Synagogue has been a staple institution in the Lower East Side for 128 years. At Untapped Cities, we’ve learned that any New York City landmark that has been around for over a decade is bound to be filled with plenty of secrets. For example, did you know that the chandelier in the synagogue is actually upside down? And that no one knows what the original stain glass looks like? On December 9th, discover even more about this stunning structure’s architecture, embellishments and history on our new after-hours tour, in partnership with the Museum at Eldridge Street, where we will unveil the building’s other hidden gems.