02/13/14 1:00pm

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Even though it’s less than five years old, the Brooklyn Bowl has become something of an institution and it has now gone international. In January, the London outpost of the Bowl opened. According to owner Peter Shapiro, London was the first place the Bowl could go. ‘The only city close to New York is London. With culture, food, drinking, and nightlife, if you look at they’re kind of brother and sister.”

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01/31/14 11:00am

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There’s nothing like a good costume party – being able to throw off your everyday garb and step into the shoes of another character (literally). People who would never normally interact have hour-long conversations, strangers approach strangers. There’s something magically unifying about a group of people pretending to be something they’re not.

But of course, there’s a difference between your old home-grown themed party held in a shoebox apartment and the kind that the grownups run. New York is bursting with themed events from underground dinners to prohibition-inspired poetry readings and a watertower speakeasy. Paris has the over-the-top group, We Are the Oracle. But if you happen to find yourself in London, we have a secret to share.

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11/05/13 11:00am

E:AJ CompNew Imagesbath 2 Layout1 (1)Aldwych Baths (Aldwych Station) by Charlotte Tamplin, Charlotte Marshall, Kate Stevens for Forgotten Spaces

When you pass an abandoned building, a discontinued subway station, or an empty lot, does your mind ever wander and imagine the possibilities with that space? Well, that is exactly what the 2013 Forgotten Spaces Competition in London aimed to do: find creative solutions to “forgotten spaces” around the city. A collaboration between the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Mayor of London, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), and the Landscape Institute, the competition invites designers to find innovative solutions to regenerate the spaces. The competition asks its competitors these following questions: How would you bring the area under a flyover to life? How could a disused car park be made beautiful? What potential lies in neglected parks, spaces under railways or on our rooftops?

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10/31/13 3:00pm

Hammersmith is just down the road from Fulham and Shepherds Bush, in the West of London. There are a lot of pubs there, a lot. But they aren’t your run of the mill, standard pubs. Each one is eye catching, full of character, ready to lure you in for a cool drink and maybe a bit of food too. Here, we’re providing a pub crawl of sorts via the architecture and fun colors of the bars in this neighborhood.

the HOP POLES

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10/25/13 3:00pm

Here are our picks from the best of the Untapped Cities Photo Pool, featuring works of intrepid Untapped Cities readers and explorers. To submit to our weekly roundup of the best of the Untapped Cities Photo Pool, hashtag your photos #untappedcities. Also, follow along to see what others are snapping!

An insider view of the Woolworth Building by @whygams, a lucky Woolworth employee. We’ll be giving an Untapped Cities tour of the Woolworth Building in November:

Manhattan- woolworth lobby- lower ny

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09/24/13 8:00am

new york city-canned air-daily what-untapped cities-002Canned Air from New York City – on sale on Etsy for $10 (by photographer Kirill Rudenko)

With all the talk of the guy selling rocks from Brooklyn, we were reminded of this Etsy listing by Prague-based photographer Kirill Rudenko selling Canned Air from various cities. These $10 cans of air have various positive effects, as the listing describes, each can “relieves stress, cures homesickness 
and helps fighting nostalgia.”

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