This week, we’re showcasing your best photographs from the New York City subway. Hashtag #UntappedCities on Instagram and Twitter if you would like to have one of your photos entered in the running for our weekly “Best Of”column. We’re also excited to announce an Instagram content where you can get your photo on the Big Screen next to Herald Square. Hashtag your photos #BigScreenNY and #untappedcities, then follow us @untappedcities to be in the funning.

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Hell Gate Bridge is one of those urban explorer favorites–possibly because it includes an added level of danger: it’s not a pedestrian bridge but an Amtrak one that carries the train company’s electrified services to and from points north of New York City. Instagrammer @hakimms recently shared with us his photographs atop the unique bridge.


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One of our favorite fun facts about the Metropolitan Museum of Art is that it’s still unfinished (and that it grew over time, so you can still see earlier versions inside). Here are tidbits about where to see these incomplete portions today and how they came to be.


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Yesterday, we showcased the interior landmarks of Manhattan and Brooklyn via a new tool by the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), launched in conjunction with the school’s exhibit “Rescued, Restored, Reimagined: New York’s Interior Landmarks.” Today, we’re moving on to Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island. While the majority of the 117 interior landmarks are in Manhattan, 8 are in the Bronx, 4 in Queens and 3 in Staten Island–and they’re no less impressive.


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Ever wonder why the 1/2/3 lines are red, or the N/Q/R yellow? Curbed NY has an article that explains it all. We first have to begin in the era when the NYC subway system was really three different systems–the IRT, the BMT and and the IND. Sometimes you can still see the tiles in the underground that reference the old terminology. It seems like New Yorkers like to hang on to old things, as these colors stayed even a couple decades after the unification of the systems in 1940.

On the subway map even in the 1960s, with 34 at the time, it wasn’t the clearest maps. And so in 1964, there was a public competition for the redesign.


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In landmarking, there’s a distinction between interior and exterior designation in New York City. Now, the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) has as a wonderful web resource with beautiful photographs of the interior landmarks of the city, launched in conjunction with the school’s exhibit “Rescued, Restored, Reimagined: New York’s Interior Landmarks.”