04/15/14 10:00am

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As Untapped Cities columnist, Luke Kingma, who boldly took us to the depths of Chinatown and to the wildest of NYC parties, moves on to the West Coast, he reminisces on his life in New York City in the best way he knows how–through its food. 

It is no simple task to summarize 3.5 years spent in a city that has at once asked so much of me and given so much to me. I arrived in December 2010 with a paltry pile of personal items stacked in the corner of an old friend’s Upper East Side apartment. I’ll depart tonight with a similar haul, bound for Los Angeles and the inevitability of a car payment. (Do they still run on gas? Did we figure that out yet?)

As my mind criss-crosses the boroughs in search of a compelling narrative, I can’t help but distill my experience down to the food I’ve eaten during my stay here. From the $.20 pork & chive dumplings on Eldridge Street to the finest cuts of Pat LeFrieda beef in Tribeca, there has been meaning and memory in every morsel. So I began revisiting the restaurants where my own story was written, hoping to find remnants of myself if not one last warm meal.

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04/14/14 9:00am

Inside the entrance you will find a colorful showcase filled with gifts & souvenirs

Every day, talented people come to New York City, suitcase in hand, hoping to make it on Broadway.  But sometimes that dream takes more then a day or a month or two. Enter Ellen’s Stardust Diner, where those with talent and stardust in their eyes have a way to pay their rent on their way to the top—and sharpen their skills along the way.  (more…)

04/09/14 2:00pm

foragedchickweed_avachin_untappedcitiesChickweed, edible to some, pesky weed to others. Photo by mystuart/Flickr.

If you judged it by its name, you might think the Food Book Fair is all about books. But actually the Third Annual Food Book Fair, coming to Williamsburg  April 25-27 brings together authors, magazine and book editors, filmmakers, designers, artists and people like us: food enthusiasts.

Untapped Cities sat down and talked to native New Yorker Ava Chin, one of the authors competing in an event at the Food Book Fair, the Food Book Slam, to hear more about her hobby, foraging, her new memoir, “Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal,” and, perhaps most important of all, how she is training for the competition.

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04/07/14 2:00pm
The new entrance to The Urban Garden Center as they reopen

The Urban Garden Center opening weekend of April 5th after the explosion in East Harlem

New Yorkers love their markets. They pop up in every borough in every form, from the greenmarkets to the flea markets, and they are a large part of our history. Last June, Untapped Cities wrote of a market that celebrated East Harlem’s past.  Located under the overhead tracks and running from 111th Street to 117th Street along Park Avenue, La Marqueta, Flea Marqueta and The Urban Garden Center have brought back the spirit of Fiorello LaGuardia’s original 1936 plan conceived as an informal gathering place–a place for pushcart vendors and other merchants to sell their produce.  Unfortunately the market slowly declined in the 1970′s and several attempts to bring it back failed.  (more…)

04/04/14 12:00pm

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Sydney Food Trucks:  Cantina Movil feeding the masses

For a city with a sophisticated and adventurous palate, Sydney has come late to the food truck scene. In early 2012, the City of Sydney approved nine permits for mobile food trucks as part of a trial in an urban strategy to jazz up Sydney’s late night economy. Unlike New York, there is no virtually street food scene aside from the nine approved Sydney food trucks.

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03/26/14 9:00am

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The line that has started to form at the Cupcake ATM

Have you ever  roamed the streets late at night craving a sweet–perhaps only a freshly baked cupcake will do–to no avail? There is now a solution to this conundrum! Sprinkles, the Beverly Hills based cupcake chain, just opened up a Cupcake ATM at a New York City location on the Upper East Side. We took a little trip yesterday to see if it lived up to the hype.

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