This image of the Neil Simon Theatre (formally the Alvin Theatre) is viewable in Times Square on the Membit app. The Warner Strand Theatre was a few blocks from the Warners’ Theatre where the Jazz Singer debuted. Membit is a new augmented reality app that gives you a way to share the past with the present and a way to share the present with the future. It’s so new it isn’t even in the App Store yet, it’s in beta. If you would like to try it out before everyone else, click here.

On October 10, 1935 Porgy and Bess made its New York City debut at the Alvin Theatre.

Originally a book and then a play called Porgy written by DuBose Heyward, George Gershwin decided to make the story his first American folk opera. He took on Heyward as librettist with contributions by his brother Ira and they began collaborating in 1934. The story revolved around life in a Charleston slum where a down-trodden beggar named Porgy tried to free Bess from the grip of her violent lover Crown. The Gershwin Brothers spent a good deal of time with Heyward in Charleston studying the culture and music of the region.


all-seeing-trump-trump-zoltar-fortune-telling-machine-misfortunes-columbus-circle-trump-international-nyc_3Misfortune telling machine Trump Zoltar appeared on the streets of NYC yesterday and today

[Update: We have new photos from today’s appearance of the All-Seeing Trump at Trump International Hotel at Columbus Circle. Here’s a Facebook live video we took, also embedded below.]

The internet pretty much exploded yesterday after Gothamist reported that an all-seeing Trump Zoltar machine, akin to Grandma’s Predictions out on Coney Island but much more vulgar, was spotted on street corners around New York City from a mosque in Queens, and a Mexican restaurant in Greenpoint, to the sidewalks in front of the Trump Tower in Midtown, the New York Times building and NewsCorp.

Then yesterday afternoon, Untapped Cities received a curious message from a non-press partner of ours: “A friend of mine from work did this yesterday,” with a link to the news coverage on the Trump Zoltar. Speaking to one of the artists through this proxy, they informed us that the Zoltar would be moving around indefinitely. As of 5:36 pm yesterday, they told us “Planned Parenthood just happened not sure what’s next.” They noted that last night would be dedicated to editing a video (now below) and that they planned to become “more friendly with press tomorrow.”



“Why is everyone in costume today?” A cab driver asked us on our way to the Jacob K. Javits Center Saturday afternoon. He must be new to the city, because for the last six years, October has meant one thing to a section of people in New York City: Comic-Con. It’s an event we look forward to mostly because of cosplayers who spend all year crafting incredibly detailed costumes. Last year, we shared with you 10 Great Cosplay Moments from the 2015 convention and this year we are sharing 10 more. If you missed out on Comic-Con, here are some photos to inspire you to make next year’s convention and perhaps to make some cosplay of your own.



On an unseasonably warm October day, we headed to Lot Radio – an independent radio station spinning out of a reclaimed shipping container in an empty lot in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, just a short walk from McCarren Park. The music streams 24 hours a day online, where you can also see what’s happening inside the DJ booth and can be heard through speakers on the lot itself. The pebble-filled lot is surrounded by a fence, but is activated through a counter coffee kiosk on one end of the container, where you can buy drinks and pastries. Then, you can sit on the chairs and tables (or lounge in a hammock), in the lot.


oneyThe Queens Museum of Art. Photo via ARTNOIR by David Sundberg 

From lavish theaters to modern museums, New York City’s wonderfully diverse buildings boast a colorful, and oftentimes, surprising history. In fact, the “built environment,” according to Open House New York (OHNY) executive director Gregory Wessner, is often a direct reflection of the community that occupies it and the people that have helped to shape the city.

This year, in celebration of the New York City’s many enthralling architectural spaces, Open House New York (OHNY) and ARTNOIR are coming together to present ARTNOIR: City of Cultural Exchange during the 14th Annual OHNY Weekend on Oct. 15-16. The program will focus on ten unique sites across the city, which have served as catalysts for cultural exchange and conversation. 

Here’s what you need to know about each building before OHNY Weekend begins and as a reminder, all of these are open access sites so you don’t need reservations.



Shipwrecked Miniature Golf in Red Hook, Brooklyn checks off so many things on our list. First, the 18-hole course is hidden on the second floor of an industrial brick building. Second, it’s architectural and New York-themed, while also being pirate themed. Third, it’s family owned and clearly a labor love for the two best friends who started it. Fourth, they’ve brought their expertise from working in theater to create this wonderland.