On a recent Behind the Scenes NYC tour, a series we produce with the NYCEDC, we were given access inside and onto the roof of the newly renovated Corn Exchange Building with Artimus Construction. Originally built in 1883-84, this Queen Anne and Romanesque Revival structure was designed by the architectural firm of Lamb & Rich at a time when Harlem was a suburb. The main floors were occupied by the Mount Morris Bank and Safe Deposit Company, with luxury apartments on the floors above – conveniently located next to the Metro Station. The structure had three arched entrances. One used for the apartments, one for the lower-level bank vault, and a grand entrance to the main level of the bank. In 1913, the Mount Morris Bank became a branch of the Corn Exchange Bank.
When people think of the New York City underground, they usually think of the vast subway system, or maybe the sewers, and water tunnels buried deep in the bedrock. Far lesser known are the obscure tunnels – often running from building to building, or through lesser documented parts of the city. Here’s a very unique look at 7 such locations that will make you question where else there might be hidden in subterranean passageways.
Governors Island has become a popular summer location for New Yorkers to take a day trip on the weekends. With spectacular views of Manhattan, open green spaces and fun tours, its a perfect oasis from the daily grind of the city. However, this little tourist getaway has a deep and rich history. Dating back to the American Revolution, Governors Island was a vital strategic point given its location on the converging East and Hudson Rivers. And any place with a complex history, we’ve learned, has plenty of good secrets to unearth. Here are our 10 favorite secrets of Governors Island, which you can use when it reopens for the season next year:
The skyscrapers of Newpsaper Row. Image via Library of Congress
On Saturday, October 3rd, join Untapped Cities Founder Michelle Young, along with Untapped Cities contributor and urban planner Julia Vitullo-Martin, and Brokelyn News Editor David Colon at the Green-Wood Historic National Landmark as they discuss Media Movers & Shakers, Then and Now. Following the discussion, you can join a trolley tour that will visit the monuments of the great newspaper men of the 19th century.
While we don’t always associate the growth of media to changes in the city’s architecture, the epicenter for New York City’s daily news, located on Park Ave, has greatly affected downtown New York. One such example includes The New York World Building, the first skyscraper to surpass the height of Trinity Church and the office space from which Joseph Pulitzer worked.
The majesty of churches often derives from their architectural beauty and grandeur. And while we can tilt our heads upward and gaze at the expanses, it is nearly impossible to capture that majesty through a lens. Photographer Richard Silver has, however, with his new series of vertical panoramas entitled “Vertical Churches.”
Joseph Lee Sweeney’s “The Doors of Brooklyn,” 2004
Joseph Lee Sweeney’s The Doors of Brooklyn is an iconic poster that celebrates Brooklyn’s unique and diversified brownstones. Sweeney, a successful architect and photographer, documented hundreds of the borough’s doorways and chose his favorite 30 to create Doors. A former Park Slope resident, Sweeney once told the New York Daily News that he chose to document Brooklyn’s brownstone doors because “these great artistic masterpieces have become so much of our daily routine we barely notice them.”