Will Nunziata’s recent judgmental map of Williamsburg is the latest attempt at breaking down NYC’s neighborhoods into as many generalizations as possible while offending/making us laugh. We covered a city-wide judgmental map a few months ago and a Manhattan version before that, but what makes Nunziata’s latest work so memorable is its glorious, block-by-block level detail. No corner of the neighborhood is spared from his hilarious set of labels. Even an “odd smell” at the corner of Humboldt and Skillman Avenue is pointed out (although one commenter insists the smell is in fact at Humboldt and Conselyea).
Here’s what the Untapped staff is reading in the HQ today:
One block away from 1 WTC, LA artist Mr. Brainwash is currently placing a new mural on the side of the Century 21 department store on the corner of 22 Cortlandt Street. The mural pays tribute to the many we lost almost 13 years ago tomorrow, in one of the darkest days in American history. Brainwash’s mural features a firefighter blasting a giant black heart onto the wall of a black and white aerial view of NYC. The words “WE LOVE NEW YORK” in blue are to the left of the firefighter; the word “Forever” is sprayed in pink, and two gentlemen are to the far right of the mural, supposedly gazing at the giant black heart.
Os Gemeos, Photo by roaming-the-planet
Here’s what the Untapped staff is reading in the HQ today!
In 1973, things were pretty dicey in New York City. The economy was tanking, crime was up, and Times Square was nothing like it is today. In fact, in 1973 the Office of Midtown Planning and Development was created by Mayor John Lindsay to begin the “cleaning up” of Times Square and vicinity. First on the list of attack were massage parlors, seen as a breeding ground for the prostitution industry that was openly operating on street corners. Lindsay proclaimed that “phony massage parlors [were] nothing more than fronts for houses of prostitution.”
This map by the Office of Midtown Planning and Development locates the massage parlors, spas, “presumed prostitution hotels,” single room occupancy hotels (SRO), peep shows, live burlesque shows, and adult book and video stores in Midtown.
From September 6th to October 3rd, New York City residents and visitors can find a library sanctuary, albeit in an unexpected venue. At Pier 25 in Tribeca, the historic Lilac Museum Steamship will be transformed into “The Floating Library,” a pop-up public space conceptualized by artist Beatrice Glow.
Over the next four weeks, visitors can meander through and spend hours reading in the ship’s original antique infrastructure, peruse book collections, and participate in workshops and events. All the programs are free, and according to the press release, will include “over twenty roundtables, performances and workshops that will shine a spotlight on maker culture, DIY politics, sustainability issues and community engagement.”