Untapped Cities is excited to announce the Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to provide special access to some of the city’s most exciting development projects. Over the next six months, a monthly tour will bring Untapped Cities readers and New Yorkers to projects such as the newly renovated Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, raw spaces at the Brooklyn Army Terminal untouched for 40 years, the Hunts Point Produce Market, the Harlem Corn Exchange Building, and Staten Island’s North Shore.
The tours will be led by NYCEDC experts who have spearheaded the redevelopments, as well as the community partners for the projects, offering insider insight into the past, present and future of these sites.
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As we explored two weeks ago, the battle for Times Square was long and messy. On February 24, 1998, the Giuliani administration won a major legal battle when the New York Court of Appeals ruled that the City had legally re-zoned Times Square, a seeming death knell for the local adult entertainment industry.
One of the initiatives Rudy Giuliani is most known for is turning Times Square, a neighborhood that was awash in porn shops, strip clubs, and thinly disguised brothels, into a Disneyfied tourist destination. In 1995, the New York City Council amended the City’s Zoning Resolution, banning “adult” entertainment and businesses in certain commercial districts.
Famous Jazz Musicians in front of Minton’s Playhouse. Image via Wikimedia Commons
Black History has left an indelible imprint on the cultural fabric of New York City. From the Harlem Renaissance to the teachings of Malcolm X, New York City has been a beacon of black history and civil rights. Even though we’re not knee deep into 2015, we have already celebrated some amazing historical milestones. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King‘s historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, as well as the 5oth anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination. In honor of Black History Month, we have complied a list of 5 places connected to Black History in Harlem.
Birdman, the 2015 Best Picture Academy Award winner was shot in New York City, telling the story of a washed up superhero actor played by Michael Keaton, looking to make his comeback in a play he has written, directed and starred in based on Raymond Carver’s short story, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.” Throughout the film, he is haunted by the voice of Birdman, the superhero that made him famous. Though the film appears to be one single long, tracking shot, director Alejandro González Iñárritu and cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki cleverly and skillfully wove together long filming segments, the longest at 15 minutes, most around 10 minutes. Here are the locations used in the film, all around New York City’s Theater District and Times Square:
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Last week, Untapped Cities reader @nationsofnations tweeted at us, asking us if we had a story about the “replica bridge on top of buildings in brooklyn.”
@untappedcities Do you have story on a replica bridge on top of buildings in brooklyn. I can’t find anything on it but i see it from BQE.
— lauren (@nationofnations) February 21, 2015
A photo she took from a car gave us the clue we needed: rather than a replica bridge, they’re the WWII radio towers once used by the Navy, specifically the Third Naval District US Naval Communication Center Headquarters. They sit atop the 1940s-era building, 25 Washington Avenue, in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and part of Steiner Studios.
Seems like the snow is never ending here in New York City, so we dedicated this week’s Instagram theme to snow. Stay warm while taking awesome pictures, readers! 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.