07/18/14 2:00pm

13th avenue manhattan daily what west village new york city untapped citiesThis is a view of 13th avenue. “13avenorth” by Jim.henderson at Wikipedia

There may be a 13th avenue in Brooklyn, but have you ever seen the minuscule 13th avenue in Manhattan? Despite its unassuming size, 13th Avenue holds prime Meatpacking District real estate with coveted Hudson River views. It lies just West of 11th Avenue (ironically, 13th Avenue doesn’t go anywhere near 12th Avenue), between Little West 12th Street and Gansevoort Street…but it wasn’t always so small. (more…)

07/17/14 12:00pm

Madison Square Garden-Rooftop-Stanford White Murder-NYCRooftop theater of the Second Madison Square Garden. Image via Lost New York

We’ve seen a lot of images of the famous rooftop of the second Madison Square Garden where architect Stanford White was murdered in cold blood in 1906. But reading through the great book Lost New York, we came across one we hadn’t seen before. Most reports about this theater and pleasure garden speak to the Parisian influence, but this photo clearly shows a Japanese design. Was it built specifically for the theatrical performance? Either way, it’s undeniable that Americans were particularly fascinated with Asian culture at the turn of the 19th century.


07/17/14 10:00am
Source:  New York Historical Society

Source: New York Historical Society

Originally built in 1883-84, this Queen Anne and Romanesque Revival structure was designed by architects Lamb & Rich at a time when Harlem was a suburb and 81 East 125th Street was conveniently located next to a ground-level Metro Station.  The main floors were occupied by the Mount Morris Bank and Safe Deposit Company, with luxury apartments on the floors above.  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.


07/17/14 9:00am

untapped-cities-knickerbocker-hotel-grand central terminal platform-1The plaque is a dead giveaway to a secret entrance of the old Knickerbocker Hotel.

Resting idly beneath the noses of the 172,000 daily commuters bustling through the Times Square/42nd Street station complex, a pale white door with the word “Knickerbocker” etched on a plaque above it has more to it than meets the eye. The title refers to the famed hotel at the southeast corner of 42nd Street and Broadway, which was so popular in its heyday that it was nicknamed “The 42nd Street Club.” Such a reputation was built, literally, on an entrance that opened on the subway platform beneath the hotel that allowed patrons to frequent the lowest level of the hotel’s restaurants and bars. Long thought to be a secret, at the time it was anything but.


07/16/14 2:00pm

earandthere-croudsourcing-streetart-projectImage via Ear and There

Here’s a global street art project you’ve probably never heard of (pun intended). Similar to Aram Bartholl’s offline file sharing project Dead Drops, Ear and There allows people from across the world to share the (odd) experience of latching giant ear moldings on different locations across the globe. This project was conceived only a few months ago but there have already been over 170 ears placed around the world, according to the founder. You can also join the project yourself by acquiring an ear through their website to place on a location near you.


07/16/14 10:30am

2561659236_ed7b2030c6_zSource: Flickr.com by h008

Relied on by everyone and utilized on a daily basis, transit systems form the critical backbone for urban life. One would assume that most networks feature user friendly interfaces and streamlined routing, though this isn’t always the case. Below, we try to clarify some of the colloquial nuances of the world’s most well-known networks. Just remember: Subways are like Band-Aids.