Ansonia Apartments - New YorkThe Ansonia about 1904, image via Library of Congress

If there is one building that epitomizes the Upper West Side’s bohemian origins, it just might be The Ansonia with its rather scandalous and off-beat reputation. The Ansonia has been home to such a wide range of characters–from Babe Ruth to Igor Stravinsky to Natalie Portman–that it’s not surprising what an illustrious backstory it has. We decided to take a look back at a wonderful feature from New York Magazine in 2005 that revisits the ups and downs of the historic building (which had 1,400 rooms and 320 suites!) and share with you some of the most wild facts about the building.


Bitcoin ATM-The Yard-Williamsburg-NYCBitcoin ATM at The Yard in Williamsburg. Image by Alban Denoyel of Sketchfab

We have a history of reporting on fun ATMs, from the Gold ATM on 57th Street, the Cupcake ATM from Sprinkles, and even some for bike parts. Yesterday, the CEO of Sketchfab, a platform for 3D models based in New York City, showed us the latest Bitcoin ATM he came across at The Yard in Williamsburg, a co-working space. There are now at least three Bitcoin ATMs in New York City, with the first at Flat 128 in Greenwich Village and at Bitcoin retailer, Coin Cafe on Nassau Avenue in Greenpoint which has it in an old-fashioned phone booth.


View from atop 432 Park Avenue construction, tallest residential skyscraper in Western Hemisphere

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Today’s most popular reads: Insane Instagrammer Takes Photo Atop 432 Park Construction, Tallest Residential Building in NYC10 of Manhattan’s Best Hidden Underground Bars & Lounges

Image via Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao

Autumn is in full swing, and this week, we are excited for cocktail parties, parades, haunted houses, and much more!

Monday, October 13th

At 6:30 pm, The Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation is hosting authors and tour guides James and Michelle Nevius for a discussion regarding their latest book, Footprints in New York: Tracing the Lives of Four Centuries of New YorkersThe website describes that “in a talk illustrated with vintage photos and old maps, James and Michelle will focus on the stories in Footprints in New York that are connected to Greenwich Village, from Peter Stuyvesant’s bowery to Bob Dylan’s MacDougal Street.” Click here to register, and give yourself a bit of context for the talk by reading up on some of the quirks and histories of Greenwich Village.

Tuesday, October 14th


Newspaper-Row-New-York-Tribune-New-York-World-HeraldNewspaper Row in New York City

Here’s what the Untapped staff is reading in the HQ today!

Today’s most popular articles: Abandoned NYC Takes Us into Kings Park Psychiatric Hospital on Long IslandWhat’s Inside the Oldest, Unopened Time Capsule at NY Historical Society

Complementary-Complimentary-Leah-Harper-Gumball-Machine-High-Line-NYC-Untapped Cities-Nasha Virata ‘Complimentary’ gumballs are filled with compliments instead of actual candies.  From artinoddplaces.

FREE is the theme for this year’s Art in Odd Places (AiOP), an annual gathering of eye-catching art installations, exhibits and performances. Find the 70+ pieces on view along 14th Street, from Avenue C to the Hudson River this weekend. Installations, such as Leah Harper’s “Complimentary,” stands under the 14th Street entrance to the High Line. A sculpture of Edward Snowden is deep in contemplation over at Union Square. Interactive works take place throughout the weekend, some of which involve free slurpees, a curious robot and a quirky update of the film Taxi Driver. If you enjoy karaoke, don’t miss the protest-themed party on Friday night- audience involvement strongly encouraged!