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527 West 110th StreetImage via Gargoyles of New York

As Halloween approaches, we’d like to invite you to look up at the eerie creatures that live year round on the buildings of New York City. Here is our roundup of the creepiest grotesques. Many of these are featured on the website Gargoyles of New York, though it should be noted that gargoyles are technically water spouts while grotesques purely are decorative.

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Taxi-Cabs-Untapped Cities-NYC-Cities 101-CarsA Toyota Camry NYC Cab in Columbus Circle (Image via Flickr via Edmond Low)

The iconic yellow taxi’s of NYC have been an everlasting icon of the city since the Checker Cab Manufacturing Company began rolling them down NYC streets in the early 1920’s. In its almost 100 year history, the taxicabs of NYC have gone through as many changes as the city itself, something we previously documented in our vintage photo column. What has never changed in the minds of New Yorker’s, is its iconic color: the very visible yellow that only NYC taxicabs seem to have. What many New Yorker’s are not aware of is that, the color of the NYC taxicabs that roam the streets of NYC (really Manhattan if we are being honest here) have not been the iconic yellow some of us grew up seeing.

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Image via Alex Wallach for Untapped Cities

Dim-sum disco parties, vintage subway car rides, a roaring 20s party inside a crypt, and much more. We at Untapped Cities have a feeling that this Halloween week will be one to remember!

Monday, October 27th

Between 11 am and 3:30 pm, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will give subway riders the opportunity to ride two vintage nostalgia trains (one from the 1910s, the other from the 1950s) during their everyday commute. The trains will run along the 2 and 3 train lines, making express stops from 42nd Street to 96th Street. Get the timetable here, and check out our coverage of past nostalgia trains.

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There are so many great pictures taken of architectural interiors, whether it’s the Grand Central Terminal, St. John the Divine, or Sterling Memorial Library! Hashtag #UntappedCities on Instagram and Twitter if you would like to have one of your photos entered in the running for our weekly “Best Of”column. Also, you can keep an eye on what contributors and readers are checking out by browsing the live feed.

Inside Grand Central Terminal at Night by dark.cyanide

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We’re quite excited to see that French street artist Clet Abraham has arrived in New York City. We previously covered his witty sign hacks in Europe. He’s done his first hack on a Do Not Enter sign on Staton Street in the Lower East Side. We’ll be watching his Instagram to see what’s next!

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If you’re a New Yorker who has ever complained about living far from the subway, we have news that will hopefully reassure you: there is someone who lives farther from a subway stop than you do. That is, of course, unless you’re that person. I Quant NY has quantifiably found the apartment farthest from a subway line in both Manhattan and Brooklyn. To obtain this data, the MTA Subway Station Entrance data set was combined with information on plots of land in NYC from PLUTO, an open data source also recently utilized in this fun map of building footprints in New York City. The distance from each lot to the nearest subway station was then found and measured against the rest.

apartments-farthest-from-subway-manhattan-untappedImage via Tumblr: I Quant NY

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