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In an effort to raise awareness about human rights abuses, religious persecution, and denied access to higher education, the organization Education is Not A Crime will be putting this agenda front and center when the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, arrives in the United States for the United Nations General Assembly meeting on September 13. The campaign, known in social-media as #NotACrime, will be comprised of fifteen murals painted on walls all over Harlem and East Harlem.

The murals are curated by the New York based group, Street Art Anarchy, in partnership with the #NotACrime campaign, and have brought to this project street artists from all over the World, as well as renowned artists in our own backyard – with names like TatsCru, Astro, Franco the Great, Alexandre Keto, Ricky Lee Gordon, Rone, and Elle.


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President Grant’s funeral processional marching up Broadway on August 8, 1885. Picture via Smithsonian Magazine.  

On August 8, 1885 New York City played host to a grieving nation as nearly a quarter of million people turned out for President Ulysses S. Grant’s funeral procession.

Considered to be one of the greatest American war heroes and an accomplished president, Grant spent the latter half of his life investing in risky business propositions that nearly left him penniless. It was during this time that he lived in New York City, which he and his wife adopted as their new home.


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The Night Of, a limited series on HBO, tells the fictional story of Queens resident and college student, Nasir Khan, and the repercussions of a single night in his life which brings the character unwittingly into the underworld of urban incarceration and New York City politics. English actor Riz Ahmed, who got his start as rapper Riz MC, plays Nasir, an earnest millennial and son of first generation Pakistani immigrants.

The Night Of is beautifully filmed and the show does a detailed job of using real locations and making sure they are where the show says they are. As New Yorkers, we appreciate that accuracy, as well as the touches in the script that make it clear that screenwriter Richard Price is a New Yorker. Price was born in the Bronx and many of his novels and films are set in the New York city region. The gritty opening sequence is further haunted by the presence of executive producer James Gandolfini, uses black and white aerial shots of New York City with key elements of the storyline pulled out for visual effect.

Without further ado, here are the notable film locations so far in The Night Of:

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We’ve been a little quiet on the publishing front for the last couple days, and that’s because we have news! We’ll be joining the GSAPP Incubator at the New Museum, run by Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation for the 2016 to 2017 year. The aim of the incubator is to be a “launch pad for new ideas and projects about architecture, culture, and the city.” That’s a mission we can get behind! 

We will work alongside the New Museum’s NEW INC Incubator, which is dedicated to art, design and technology. The incubator has an event space, fabrication lab with things like 3D printers, and other fun stuff. We’re excited to be inspired by the members of the incubator which included last year a founding member of +POOL, the filtering pool for the East River, researcher Forrest Jesse, creative and design consultancy Consortia, and numerous architects and practices.

We’re excited to be able to soon offer panel events with the many experts that write, give tours, and are part of the Untapped Cities community. We’re also working on a complete web design overhaul for Untapped Cities, that readers should see by end of September and have some projects we can’t reveal yet up our sleeve!

In the meantime, we’re sad to be leaving our digs at Nowhere Studios in Brooklyn, a wonderful co-working space that truly builds a community. How many other co-working spaces have an über-adorable resident cat, a rooftop deck where you can grow vegetables and herbs, and street art by Swoon inside and out?

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An Untapped Cities reader recently contacted us about a vintage Times Square sign he had in his collection, passed down from his grandfather who acquired it. He wrote that the sign was in Times Square from 1904 to 1915, according to the New York Historical Society, but was looking for more information on it because he was looking to sell it. The sign has four sides, with cut-out letters that read alternatively with “42ND STREET” and “TIMES SQUARE.” The glass squares would have been illuminated from the interior of the sign similar to the Victorian-era street signs you can see in the photos from our previous article, “The History of NYC’s Street Signs.”


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Starting September 22nd, the next time you take the Staten Island Ferry (even if you got on just for the view), make a stop inside St. George Ferry Terminal at the Staten Island Culture Lounge. There’s a photography exhibit, “Freshkills: Landscape in Motion” that examines the changing topography of Freshkills as it evolves from a landfill into the largest park developed by New York City since the 19th century.

The photographs are the results of a competition sponsored by Freshkills Park and the Staten Island Advance and the exhibition shows twelve winning photographs side by side with historical images. The three first place winners are shown below: