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New York Compost, a project by designer Debbie Ullman,  a former art director at the New York Daily News takes those ubiquitous but underutilized newspaper boxes you see on the sidewalks of New York City and turns them into clever, guerrilla composting sites. A composting proponent, Ullman uses decommissioned newspaper boxes to collect compost to make the experience fun, memorable, and transformative.


Carroll_Gardens-Brooklyn-Untapped_Cities.Several storefronts in Carroll Gardens, also nicknamed Little France. Photo Credit: Konrad Fiedler for the New York Sun.

In the aftermath of the tragic events that transpired in Paris, many neighborhoods across the five boroughs participated in memorials and partook in solemn acts of solidarity. Candles were lit, flowers were laid and skyscrapers across Manhattan were lit in the colors of the French flag. It’s relatively easy to find pieces of French influence throughout the city (though an 18th century Little France in Soho is gone) and hear the language spoken by residents and visitors. In recent years, the borough of Brooklyn has seen a rapid influx of French immigrants, specifically in the neighborhood of Carroll Gardens. Once a community with a thriving Italian stronghold, its burgeoning French population has earned it the nickname “Little France” by locals and numerous media outlets.


storefront-little india-jackson heights-micro neighborhoods-nyc-untapped cities-brennan ortizA shop in Little India in Jackson Heights, Queens. Image via NY Daily News

Chinatown and Little Italy are probably the first locations that come to mind when you think of New York City’s diversity and immigrant history. However, there were several other immigrant groups that migrated and clustered into various neighborhoods, forming smaller ethnic enclaves that also contribute to New York City’s identity as the “melting pot.”

Last year we published a series called NYC’s Micro Neighborhoods, which had more in-depth articles on specific ethnic communities. To provide you with a thorough guide to New York City’s diverse areas, for this list we combined neighborhoods mentioned in NYC’s Micro Neighborhoods with an additional 10 more to check out. Enjoy!


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The wine industry of Long Island, New York has existed for a period of just over four decades and has received much-deserved attention from oenophiles and tourists alike. The first commercial vineyard was planted in 1973, but the region has a heritage of farming that pre-dates the arrival of European colonists, as its soil and climate provides great conditions for growing many vegetables and fruits through most of the year, including vitis vinifera, otherwise known as the common grape vine.

This coming Saturday, our friends at the New York Adventure Club are hosting a behind-the-scenes look at the winemaking process this Saturday in Long Island’s Wine Country. With visits to three of the region’s award-winning wineries, this is a chance to discover how Long Island vintners have produced wines with trademark tastes. The weather is still looking nice, so it’s a great weekend to get out of the city.


cat-feet-cat-cafe-koneko-untappedcities-LES-NYC-002Koneko Cat Cafe. Image via amNY

First there were the pop-up cat cafes, an idea imported over from Asia, but for oh-so-limited a time here in New York City. Then came Meow Parlor combining coffee, cat-themed macarons and of course, real cats. Now, Koneko, taking its name for the word cat in Japanese, claiming to be “America’s first authentic Japanese-style cat cafe.” Like Meow Parlor, the cats can be adopted and at Koneko, the kitties come from Anjellicle Cats Rescue. Many of the cats you’ll see at Koneko are truly on the last stop, pulled from the city’s “at risk list,” those “scheduled to be euthanized the following day for behavior or health issues,” states the Koneko website. Koneko also works with two other New York City organizations, City Critters and K9 Kastle.


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For the 11th year, Ocean Spray has brought in 2000 pounds of cranberries to a 1,500 square foot pop-up bog in front of 30 Rock, to showcase some of the 800+ cranberry farmers that have provide the company with the fruit for 85 years. Seven information signs are set up around the bog, the first inviting visitors to “take a walk through our ‘big-city bog’ and discover for yourself the intriguing story behind this most remarkable red berry.”