04/10/14 2:00pm

NYPD officers and conductor with commuters on City Hall platformTurn of the century New York police officers in the old City Hall Subway Station

It’s getting nicer out, so the thought might cross your mind to grab an ice cream cone on a lazy Sunday. If your hands are full, don’t even think about putting that cone in your pocket, or you may be committing a crime. In NYC, it is illegal to transport an ice cream cone in a pocket, specifically on Sunday.

Today we’re looking at strange and crazy laws such as this one. Find out what other laws you may be breaking with this list of 10 of the strangest New York state laws. (more…)

04/10/14 9:00am

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Who would have guessed that the largest roadside restaurant in the United States was once right here in New York City? According to Highway Host, Howard Johnson’s Rego Park, Queens location was the largest Roadside restaurant in the U.S. when it was built in 1939. And believe it or not, it was quite luxurious!  (more…)

04/09/14 10:00am

3-Steinway Street IIISteinway Street in Astoria, Queens

The history of Steinway Street, running through Astoria, Queens, is deeply intertwined with the history of the piano maker Steinway and Sons. The street is also a central part of what is historically known as Steinway Village. Today, Steinway Street is a major shopping street with a vast array of stores. A stretch is also home to a micro-neighborhood dubbed Little Egypt.

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04/09/14 9:00am

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The long vacant New York State Pavilion at Flushing Meadows Corona Park will be open to the public briefly on April 22nd, the actual date of the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 World’s Fair. In anticipation, the Facebook page People for the New York State Pavilion has been busier than ever. We came across these great before/after photographs by Robert Fein, a member of the page and student at Queensborough Community College. Taken in gloomy weather, the then and now images particularly highlight the state of deterioration at the site.

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04/08/14 3:00pm

Storefront the Disappearing Face of New York NYC Untapped CitiesE 14th Street & Union Square West via 22 Words

Here’s what the Untapped staff is reading today:

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04/08/14 2:00pm

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We recently posted photos of the abandoned Ellis Island hospitals located on the south side of the island. Photographer Paul Margolis has also explored the abandoned ruins of this site in 2002, and has shared with us an impressive collection of photographs of the hospital. Starting April 11th and ending on June 29th, these photographs will be on display at The Living Room Gallery at St. Peter’s Church. Entitled Hidden Ellis Island, you can see vivid photographs of the once teaming hospital.

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