Talk about the penthouse suite! Bergdorf Goodman once had a seventeen-room apartment overlooking Fifth Avenue and Central Park. When Edwin Goodman, who bought out Herman Bergdorf’s share of the company in 1903, decided to move the store to its current location on the corner of 58th Street and Fifth Ave., he made sure the new building would include a private apartment for his family. Rumor has it he drew the first sketch of the building on a cocktail napkin in the bar of the Plaza Hotel. Bergdorf Goodman even had a private elevator that only made two stops–Goodman’s office on the seventh floor and the penthouse suite. But here’s the kicker: due to zoning laws, Edwin and his son Andrew had to call themselves janitors in order to live inside the store! (more…)
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We’re pretty f*ing excited to be approaching 10,000 real Untapped Cities fans on Facebook. as we’ve never once advertised for “likes” on Facebook or “followers” on Twitter. In honor of this milestone, we’re doing a giveaway for a ticket to our upcoming tour of the off-limits Woolworth Building (1st Prize), an illustrated print of Central Park by Lynn Lieberman, and postcards of NYC by the Downtown Doodler.
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As reported by The Atlantic Cities, Keir Clarke has been building a Yahoo! Autocomplete Map, showing search suggestions when you type in a city, state or country. The results range from funny to random, often a pretty choice insult: “New Jersey is a dump,” “Delaware is the worst state,” “Louisiana is a third world country,” “Philadelphia is ugly,” “Detroit is crap,” “Washington is Hollywood for Ugly People,” “Chicago is so two years ago.”
It’s amazing to us that we’re about to welcome our sixth 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 Spring 2014:
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 High Line in New York City is one of the most well-known elevated parks, but around the world there are many similar urban reclamation projects underway. The success of the High Line inspired many other cities around the world to reuse and rethink space around old rail lines. Here are 10 plans from Europe, Canada, Australia, Asia, the United States and Mexico.