It was with great sadness that Harlem watched as its famed Lenox Lounge got shuttered on December 31, 2012. The property located at 288 Lenox Avenue has been closed since then, stripped of its iconic interior and art deco doors and padlocked. It has been waiting to undergo a transformation by a new tenant hoping to breath life back into a space where Miles Davis and John Coltrane played, Billie Holiday sang, and the likes of James Baldwin and Langston Hughes graced those tables during the Harlem Renaissance. This week we finally saw some activity and we were fortunate enough to be able to take a peek.
Lately, everyone in the Paris area is talking about “Le Grand Paris” again. The Grand Paris project is essentially a large urban development initiative meant to better integrate and govern Paris and its surrounding suburbs. Then-President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed the project in 2007 with the end goal of creating a more attractive, competitive and equal capital region for France. The Grand Paris has been making headlines again following a law passed in January that creates a political institution that will govern Paris and its surrounding cities. Now that the Grand Paris has a government structure written into law, it seems like the once nebulous idea is finally becoming a reality. (more…)
Once you have seen the Colosseum, visited the Vatican Museums and wandered around the historic center, you should venture off the beaten track to get a true taste of the Eternal city. From industrial archeology to contemporary and street art, here are 10 lesser-known spots that you won’t find in your pocket guide.
Rome is not exactly full of street art, but there are still a few areas worth a graffiti hunt, such as the open air urban museum at the old Quadraro neighborhood. Since 2010 the organizers of this street art project have invited several international artists (such as Jim Avignon and Ron English) as well as Italian artists to re-paint this hood, which is worth a visit anyway, if only for the charm of its decadent villas and the quaint atmosphere. (more…)
It’s amazing to us that we’re about to welcome our seventh internship class here at Untapped Cities. Are you interested in how it all comes together? Journalism, blogging, photography, social media, advertising, business development? Our interns get to do it all, writing published articles from day one, managing their own columns, exploring the city, and covering events. You don’t need to be a journalism major, just have a passion for cities and writing–we’ll teach you the rest! We’re currently accepting applications for interns for Summer 2014 in New York City:
Editorial Internship: The editorial interns will work directly with Untapped Cities’ founder and managing editor on determining the publication schedule, proposing new articles, networking with our publication partners, writing their own regular column and feature pieces.
The empty observation towers of the New York Pavilion hover over Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
Before it became a memory of the 90′s blockbuster Men in Black, the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Park debuted as one of many attractions of the 1964 World’s Fair. With the 50th anniversary of this wonderful piece of New York City approaching on April 22nd, the City has decided to reopened the long-shuttered Pavilion for public access. On that Tuesday, between 11am and 2pm, enter the portal of the Tent of Tomorrow for this wonderful opportunity to time travel back half a century to explore an iconic New York City structure. You’ll even get a hard hat to wear for the visit! (more…)