Case Maclaim & Pixel Pancho (Halopigg via Instagram)
We are more than halfway done with 2014, sounds insane doesn’t it? Seems like only yesterday we were dealing with polar vortexes, cat cafes and disappointing Knicks basketball. We still mourn the demise of 5 Pointz, which is set for complete demolition by October. While we may have lost our graffiti and street art monument, other parts of the city have stepped their game up and have given the NYC street art community walls to make their mark. After countless hours looking through photos, and praying that street artists will not go after us for making last minute cuts to the list, we present the 10 best NYC street art murals of the year so far.
Inside the “Bricken Arcade” between 37th and 38th streets
Here’s a fun trick: several of the lobbies of Garment District buildings are arcades that go mid-block between streets. For those of you who are thinking Garment District offices have PacMan, we’re sorry to disappoint. This means, though, that if you’re walking down 38th Street thinking it was 39th Street, you could cut through an office building to get where you need to go. But why do these arcades, or, “through block lobbies” exist? (more…)
Let’s face it: Manhattan is loud. Get in touch with your inner zen for a second and avoid the screeching noise of the subway at these five spots on the quieter side. Check out a bar opened by monks, a room filled with dirt, the smallest park in NYC, and more! (more…)
We here at Untapped Cities are always interested in uncovering the unseen, unnoticed, or misunderstood aspects of urban life. We were super excited to speak with Morbid Anatomy Museum founder Joanna Ebenstein. Along with a community of “rogue scholars”, Ebenstein is dedicated to harboring some of the weirdest and most obscure artifacts in the world. We got a chance to chat with her about the roots of her unorthodox museum, which just opened two weeks ago in Gowanus, and its newest exhibit, The Art of Mourning.
Rooftop theater of the Second Madison Square Garden. Image via Lost New York
We’ve seen a lot of images of the famous rooftop of the second Madison Square Garden where architect Stanford White was murdered in cold blood in 1906. But reading through the great book Lost New York, we came across one we hadn’t seen before. Most reports about this theater and pleasure garden speak to the Parisian influence, but this photo clearly shows a Japanese design. Was it built specifically for the theatrical performance? Either way, it’s undeniable that Americans were particularly fascinated with Asian culture at the turn of the 19th century.