Earlier this hour, Untapped Cities founder Michelle Young joined Paul Goldberger and Aaron Betsky on the HuffPostLive segment “The Missed Opportunity Of The World Trade Tower” with host Josh Zepps. The three guests discussed the architecture of compromise that led to the completed design, what happened to the original winning proposal, what the World Trade Center gets right, and where else in the world to look for great urbanism and architecture. Watch the video:


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In 2010, the Ridgewood Intermodal Terminal opened at Myrtle-Wyckoff station on the border of Brooklyn and Queens, line facilitating subway to bus transfers along the L and M lines. The project from the MTA was completed at a cost of $4.5 million, bringing together the numerous bus lines in the area into a small stretch on Palmetto Street, which is open to buses and deliveries only. Much like the newspaper stand that mimics the original Heins and LaFarge fare control station on 72nd Street, the dispatcher booth is a miniature house that is in the same aesthetic as the main house, just across the street.


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On a tour of the abandoned south side hospitals on Ellis Island to track down the work of artist JR, National Park Service Ranger Mandy Edgecombe gave us lots of fun facts about the island most commonly associated with immigration.

1. Ellis Island used to be privately owned

The owner of Ellis Island, which he called Oyster Island, was Samuel Ellis. In 1785, he tried to sell it and even advertised it as a “pleasant situated island” in Loudon’s New York-Packet but there were no bites. The city leased the island for military purposes starting in 1794, upon the death of Ellis and buys it from the family in 1808 for $10,000.


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Did you know that Brooklyn used to have a diagonal street that ran through downtown through Fulton and Pearl to Boerum Place and Livingstone Street? This is Red Hook Lane, a path that existed even before the first Dutch and British settlers in colonial New York. Red Hook Lane’s origin dates back to the Canarsie native American tribe, who used this road as a trail between East River and Jamaica.


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Remember that colossal landfill on Staten Island that held millions of tons of New York’s garbage? That once stinking, seagull infested dump, aka the Freshkills landfill which gave Staten Island an unfortunate identity for over half a century, is now on its way to becoming the largest park developed in New York City in over 100 years. Spanning over 2,200 acres, Freshkills Park will be three times the size of Central Park upon completion! Untapped Cities had the opportunity of joining AIANY aboard the classic harbor line yacht ‘Manhattan’ for one of their Archtober tours, meandering through the narrow creeks (or Kills as they call it in Dutch) within this already picturesque landscape.


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Map makers Constantine Valhouli and Cat Callaghan have been behind some of the Fun Maps we’ve featured on Untapped Cities, like tracking the Beat Generation and mapping every song referencing  NYC. For his latest work, Valhouli tells us he was hoping to take a break from the typical heat map to show “in a more accessible way how New York City housing prices are really disparate,” and how there are “surprising pockets of affordability” that show up using this type of map versus a more conventional visual format.

The maps include both hand-drawn and digital versions with the height of each neighborhood’s section representing the cost of property per square foot.  (more…)