We’re all guilty of resorting to Wikipedia whenever we need to write a history report or organize a presentation. Instead of pulling your information from a questionable source, why not speak with a librarian from the New York Public Library? In this video on Great Big StoryLibrarian Serena Jimenez talks about the help-line that answers more than 30,000 calls a year.


mount-vernon-hotel-nyc-untapped-citiesPhoto via Dmadeo

Whether it’s through an intimate family meal or a large social gathering centered around a dinner, food has the power to bring people together in the most unexpected ways. Even during the earliest days of American history, when politics revolved around powerful men who held office, women were able to participate in political culture by baking creative desserts such as “Election Cake” or “Jackson Jumbles.”

For some time, Montana State University Assistant Professor of History, Emily J. Arendt, has studied this unique intersection between food history and women’s involvement in politics in nineteenth-century America. Her research will now be the focus of Food and Partisanship in the Early Republic, an upcoming event at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden.



If you haven’t yet visited the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Gowanus, the exhibit “Walter Pottery’s Kitten Taxidermy Wedding” may just be the ticket to get you in the door of this quirky museum. The Kitten Wedding, on display until November 6th, is part of a larger exhibit, Taxidermy: Art, Science & Immortality, curated by J.D. Powe in the main portion of the two-room exhibition space. Powe is a collector who has lent items to the Morbid Anatomy Museum in the past and sits on the board of directors of the museum.



Next week’s events include a German concert at Carnegie Hall, a talk about Penn Station at the New York Transit Museum and historical walking tours of Eldridge Street and Astoria/Long Island City.

Monday, October 24th

Start your week off with a German concert, featuring the award-winning KlangVerwaltung orchestra with the Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern Chorus performing Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s Magnificat. The event will take place at Carnegie Hall at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $12.50.

From October 24th to the 29th, the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) will screen creative shows, and host a variety of other scheduled events including educational panels, premieres and seminars for artists. Reserve tickets for select events here


The Museum of the City of New York will launch a comprehensive exhibit, New York At Its Core, on November 18th that chronicles 400 years of the history of the city. The exhibit will occupy the entire first floor of the museum and will include 400 artifacts and significant objects ranging from those connected to Alexander Hamilton to Jay-Z. The first trailer for the exhibit, released on August, tells the story of an apple peeler – an opening to a discussion about the culinary and social history of the Lower East Side. This new trailer (above), released exclusively first to Untapped Cities by the museum, follows the story of the city’s confrontation of the civil rights movement from Bedford-Stuyvesant to Harlem.


paparazzi dogs

They’re back! The Paparazzi Dogs have left the Pearl Street Triangle in Dumbo, and resettled at the Ruth Wittenberg Triangle at the intersection of Greenwich Avenue, Avenue of the Americas, and Eighth Street. Created by Australian husband and wife team of Gillie and Marc, The Paparazzi Dogs have cameras aimed at the doors to C. O. Bigelow Apothecaries, the oldest surviving apothecary in the United States. No word on how long the four sculptures will be at that location.