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This week, we’re looking at all your amazing photographs of fall, nature and the great outdoors. We may write about cities, but we do appreciate the glimpse of outdoor exploration you’re showing us. Hashtag #UntappedCities on Instagram and Twitter if you would like to have one of your photos entered in the running for our weekly “Best Of”column. Also, you can keep an eye on what contributors and readers are checking out by browsing the live feed.

Sun Peeking Out by jen.yc

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Get to know Untapped Cities contributor Marta Elliott who has written about NYC’s real and fake mews, about anarchist history in NYC, and about a hidden bakery in Tribeca:

What’s your “day job”?

By day, I’m a student at NYU who likes to walk everywhere to learn about this ever-evolving city. I’m formally studying Architecture, Urban Design Studies, and Literature, but my curiosities span all 22.7 square miles of this island.

What’s your favorite Untapped spot in your city?

My favorite Untapped spot in New York is the tiny park on 7th Avenue with the wonderful architectural birdhouses by Vincent Mele. McCarthy Square is just a small bit of a park on a busy avenue, but I find this place really peaceful. There’s never more than 2 people sitting on the benches, enjoying the birdhouses, and taking a break from walking. The park doesn’t pretend to be “a green escape from the bustling city,” it just embraces the cars rushing by and the retail surrounding it. The manifestation of Mele’s craftsmanship is there for such simple enjoyment that I can’t help but stop in this park whenever I have the time.

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In one of our favorite lesser-known museums in New York City, the Louis Armstrong Museum, are secret tapes of the music legend talking about being busted for smoking pot, and telling his manager he will refuse to play unless he fixes it so he can smoke as much as he wants without going to jail. The tapes were recorded by Armstrong himself on a reel-to-reel recorder at his home in Corona, Queens. From December 1950, until his death in 1971, Louis documented his life ‘for posterity’ on to 750 tapes, totaling thousands of hours of recordings, now owned by Louis Armstrong House Museum. He tells dirty jokes, rails against racism, practices his trumpet, and fights with his wife. And he talks at length about his regular marijuana use.

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NYC street artist Hot Tea—an artist whose work mostly consist of forming geometric words and shapes using yarn—is not happy with the rapid change that has come to New York City. He is tired of seeing historic buildings transformed into condos, and he is tired of the city’s identity being tossed away like yesterday’s Jets roster. One night walking through the city, the artist walked past the historic building on 190 Bowery owned by art collector and photographer Jay Maisel, and made his opinion known: “UUGHH” read on the exterior.

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Last year, on November 18, 2013, New Yorkers woke up to the news that Long Island City street art haven 5Pointz had been whitewashed, following a long effort to save the building and get it landmarked. This past Tuesday night, 5pointz organizers hosted “5 POINTZ Art is life… You can’t trademark the people!” a memorial event to mark the first anniversary of that day.

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Talk radio is a staple of many of our childhoods. Think back to all the road trips and vacations we took with our families, and remember listening to the voices coming from the people on the radio–the ones who read the news calmly and composed and the sports announcers, who practically shouted their emotions through the airwaves. Those voices made those seemingly endless drives bearable and those voices stuck with us, long after the family vacations were over.

With technology changing the way we consume media now, a lot of us don’t really use radios anymore. Ask anyone when was the last time they purposely listened to the radio? It’s awesome that we live in a world where we can control what we listen to, but what about those voices, filling our minds with information, exposing us to new discussions and opinions, where could people who yearn for those voices find them in the digital age?

Podcasts, a digital medium that has become very popular over the past decade has filled that hole, with NYC becoming a hub for interesting, thought provoking and entertaining podcasts. For the podcast obsessed, or for those wanting something fun to listen to on the long commute to work, we have compiled a list of 10 of the best NYC Podcasts, from the most notable to the most controversial.

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