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This past Friday, May 13th, at a vastly underreported event given the backing of Ripley’s Believe it Or Not, a Norwegian named Stein Hoff began a solo rowing expedition across the Atlantic Ocean from North Cove Marina, in Battery Park – the recent scene of the America’s Cup. Hoff is recreating the first transatlantic rowing of the Atlantic Ocean from 1896, a feat that two Norwegian Americans, George Harbo and Gabriel Samuelsen completed in an 18-foot oak boat over the course of 55 days. Harbo and Samuelson also left from New York City, but from Battery Park. Their record would not be broken for 114 years, but the 2010 journey required four rowers.


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The passing of Iraqi-British architect Dame Zaha Hadid yesterday at the age of 65 saddened much of the design world. Ms. Hadid was the first female architect to win the Pritzker prize, and was considered one of the most influential trendsetters in design. Known for her organic curves and fluid lines, Hadid not only influenced our built environment, but many aspects of life, such as shoes, accessories and utensils.

Of her completed projects, the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati was her first United States project, the Vitra Fire Station in Germany her first realized work, and the Maxii Art Museum in Rome showcased what she would be capable of. The Guangzhou Opera House, London Aquatics Center for the 2012 Olympics, and the in-progress Al Wakri Stadium in Qatar thrust her onto the starchitects stage in recent years. The residential building at 520 W 28th Street along the High Line, opening later this year, will be her first New York City work.

But like many great architects throughout history, some of her projects were never realized. Here are 10 designs by Zaha Hadid that could have changed the way our world looks. (more…)

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This year’s theme for National Women’s History Month is “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.” As we consider the service of women, here are 9 accomplishments, remembrances, readings, performances, exhibits and monuments to learn about, see and consider.


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Almost two years after Banksy left his mark on the streets and walls of New York City with his 31 Day Residency, he’s taken on another large-scale project in his home country. On the site of an abandoned resort on the coast of England at Weston-super-Mare, Banksy has created Dismaland: Bemusement Park, with the appropriately depressing tagline: The UK’s Most Disappointing New Visitor Attraction.” It opened today to locals only, and thereafter tickets can be purchased online up to 10 days in advance (if the website isn’t down), with some limited tickets available each day at the door.


Great Britain is home to some of the most spectacular settings in the popular imagination—from the moors of Wuthering Heights, to the sprawling estates of Downton Abbey, to the misty highland lake where the Loch Ness Monster is reputed to make its home. Whether you’re interested in history, literature, or BBC period pieces, Great Britain offers more than enough attractions to plan the trip of your dreams.

Expedia and VisitBritain—the national tourist board for England, Scotland and Wales—have launched “Find Your Storybook,” a new marketing campaign that “draws upon the parallel between reality and the fairytales of castles, knights and queens.” Visitors to the Find Your Storybook tool on Expedia can create a custom vacation to Great Britain based on their specific interests, whether they be arts and culture, the outdoors, food, sport or shopping.

Not wanting to be outdone, we at Untapped have rounded up some amazing castles that are worth adding to your storybook trip to Great Britain.

1. Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey is filmed


Actually located in Newbury (west of London), the home is still occupied by the Carnarvon family but is open for tours and events. If the architectural style rings a bell, that’s because it was designed by the same architect as the British Houses of Parliament.


Leaf, on Liverpool’s Bold Street is a great cafe/venue in the city.  Having been around since 2007, it’s well established and loved by many!

Formerly a tea room in the 1920s, it’s gone full circle, from being a cinema in the late 20th century and a Microzine clothes shop, back to where it is today as a tea shop!  Not limiting themselves to just tea, in which they excel, they also host vintage markets, music and club nights.

Leaf boasts a great open space with high ceilings and comfy chairs as well as tables and benches.  A large space upstairs for events and functions, and a great overall atmosphere.  The staff on duty were great, taking our orders at the counter and then bringing them over to the table when ready.  A rather extensive choice of food is also available – including options for various food preferences or allergies.  They only stock loose leaf tea, and have a wide variety of flavours for you to choose from.

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