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Fulton Center may be still sparkly new since 2014, with improved connections underground between the numerous subway lines there, a new oculus art piece, and an interior retail space, but you can still find some remnants of an earlier era inside. On the downtown platform of the 4/5 lines, you’ll find an old exit, beautifully ornamented in the style of yesteryear.

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“Getting into this exclusive art gallery could literally kill you,” proclaims the headline of the New York Post article on a guerrilla art exhibit by Phil America located in the abandoned level of the Nevins Street subway station in Brooklyn. Curbed New York got the scoop first with an interview with Phil America, who says the police are already investigating the installation. For us, this is particularly exciting because photographs of the lower level of Nevins Street have been difficult to come by, until now.

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Electric car pioneer Tesla Motors opened its newest New York City area showroom and service shop in Red Hook, Brooklyn last month. Located at 160 Van Brunt Street near the industrial waterfront, the showroom is far from subway access, other car dealers or even much else to do or see. But Tesla has never been a company to follow in others’ tire tracks. (more…)

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Situated on the west side of Manhattan on the Hudson River are four piers stretching from 17th to 23rd streets known as Chelsea Piers. Long before Chelsea Piers became the recreation center it is today, it had an interesting past tied to ships like the infamous RMS Lusitania and the RMS Titanic, and with both World Wars, making that area of Chelsea deeply engrained into the transportation history of New York City for over 100 years. In light of the upcoming anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, here are the top 10 secrets of Chelsea Piers. (more…)

Greenpoint-Subway-Tunnel-Hurricane-Sandy-Bringing-Back-the-City-New-York-Transit-Museum-Bringing back the City-Exhibit-NYCPhoto by Metropolitan Transit Authority/J.P. Chan, 2014, via New York Transit Museum

We’re excited to announce that Untapped Cities founder will be speaking at the New York Transit Museum event “Bringing Back the City: What’s Below” with archeologist Alyssa Loorya next Tuesday, April 12th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Untapped Cities readers get a special $5 discount using code UNTAPPED5 (but act fast, this event is already more than 2/3 sold out!).

Below the streets of New York City lies an intricate and expansive maze of water mains, power lines, sewage systems, and tunnels and tracks for the subway and five passenger railroads (LIRR, Metro-North, New JerseyTransit, PATH, and Amtrak). As the city’s infrastructure continues to grow and modernize, urban designers and city planners face the challenge of making the components of this vast underground network co-exist alongside – or around – one another. How did major events like September 11th and Superstorm Sandy impact what’s below? On Tuesday, April 12th, join archeologist Alyssa Loorya and Untapped Cities founder Michelle Young at the New York Transit Museum for a fascinating evening examining what lies beneath our feet, in conjunction with the exhibit Bringing Back the City.

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