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.


NYC Bike Map-DOT-2016

The New York City Department of Transportation has released its annual bike map, both digitally and with a circulation of 375,00 hard copies that will go in bike shops, libraries and schools throughout the five boroughs. Gothamist reports that the map has 70 miles of new or upgraded bike lanes and that the DOT has promised 15 new miles to come this year. The map also comes with a list of bike shops, biking tips, and a legend that shows different types of bike lanes (protected, shared, and more), as well as the location of Citi Bike docks.


Five Borough Ferry-Map-Updated-2015-Hornblower-NYCMap of proposed Citywide Ferry Service stops and routes via NYCEDC

Last week, Mayor de Blasio announced that San Francisco-based tour boat operator Hornblower Inc. won New York City’s bid to expand the existing East River Ferry service to six routes servicing 21 total landings. The expanded system will be rebranded the “Citywide Ferry Service” and will be the first truly citywide system in more than a century.



This past Saturday, the New York Transit Museum opened its latest exhibition, Transit Etiquette or: How I Learned To Stop Spitting and Step Aside in 25 Languages at its Gallery Annex at Grand Central Terminal. The exhibition features over 100 years of posters from around the world calling on transit riders to refrain from littering, give up a seat to the elderly, and step aside for exiting passengers, among many other transit niceties. (more…)

Masstransiscope is one of those great serendipitous surprises to brighten up your commute, plus it’s located in an abandoned subway station in Brooklyn. Installed by Arts for Transit in 1980, the piece by Bill Brand works like a giant zoetrope – a cartoon that comes to life through the movement of the subway. Zoetrope is located in the decommissioned Myrtle Avenue subway station, which used to be a stop on the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit line between Manhattan Bridge and DeKalb Avenue. 


3rd ave el-bowery-nyc3rd Ave El over the Bowery in the 1890s. Image via Wikipedia

As New York City evolved and changed into the cosmopolitan city it is today, so did the transit lines connecting the city to the boroughs and Long Island. Here are 12 subway and rail lines that have been built, abandoned, then destroyed in New York City since the late 19th century some because of the construction of parallel underground lines, others because of changes in service patterns. With the triumphant return of the W line in the (supposedly) November 2016, we’re remembering some lines of the past. (more…)