07/07/14 12:00pm


About a week ago, I met a couple of friends for dinner at Westville in the East Village before going to see another friend perform in an improv show. (For out-of-towners: this isn’t some kind of confusing neighborhood ‘east-west-weast-eest’ code language, Westville is a delicious sorta-vegetarian restaurant and there are a few of them scattered around downtown Manhattan.) After shoving a lot of vegetables in our faces like a pack of crazed wildebeests, we left and wandered down Avenue A towards the theatre. (more…)

07/07/14 10:00am

BKHHF-Untapped-FlickrBrooklyn Hip-Hop Festival; Image via Flickr; superk8nyc

Here is your weekly curated events guide.

Monday, July 7th

From 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., enjoy sunset cocktails and jazz music on the rooftop of the Empire Hotel on West 63rd Street. Take in majestic views of Manhattan while enjoying music by french-born Jazz guitarist Stephane Wremble. The best part is this is a FREE event so all you have to do is register here! P.S. The sun sets at 8:02 p.m. so don’t be late. (more…)

07/05/14 11:00am

Here are our picks for the best of the Untapped Cities Photo Pool: It’s Symmetric. We picked these photos because of the equilibrium and balance displayed in each photograph. Remember, to have one of your photos entered in the running for a “Best Of” nod, just use #untappedcities on Instagram or Twitter. Keep an eye on what contributors and readers are checking out by browsing the live feed.

TAAAXXXIII by Matt Lalande aka mjlalande 

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07/04/14 2:00pm

Bill-Brand-masstransiscope-sketchImage via LoveNycStyle

Originally created by Bill Brand in 1980 as a way to utilize an unused subway station at Myrtle Avenue, Masstransiscope is arguably one of the most one-of-a-kind pieces of street art in the city today. Recently restored in 2008, the piece combines traditional street art with the design of  a Zoetrope, or primitive motion picture device. The way it works is that from the window of the northbound express train coming from the DeKalb Avenue station, commuters can see 228 hand-painted panels passing by  from behind a series of slits positioned in front of them. As the the series of images become slightly altered, coupled with the high speed of the train car and the pillars, the changing stream of images begin to take on the illusion of a 20 second moving picture. (more…)

07/04/14 10:00am

Vintage NYC photography July 4, 1942 march up 5th avenue Untapped Cities Sabrina RomanoMarch up 5th Avenue, 1942. Image via the Daily Mail

It seems that New Yorkers still celebrate the 4th of July similarly to how they did a century or two ago: by gazing at firework spectaculars, attending parades, and basking on the beach. Philadelphia started the tradition of lighting up the night sky with fireworks back in 1777, on the one year anniversary of the ratification of the Declaration of Independence. But the celebration didn’t catch on immediately, as Congress didn’t establish July 4 as a holiday until 1870 and it wasn’t a paid holiday until 1938. Though Harper’s Magazine depicted the holiday as a street festival sans fireworks in 1834, New York eventually adopted the tradition and by 1877, New Yorkers enjoyed watching firework displays over the bridges. For the past 38 years, New Yorkers have been spoiled by the Macy’s 4th of July firework extravaganza. Luckily, they are also televised for all of America to watch.


07/04/14 9:00am

Cleanly app laundry upper east side upper west side untapped citiesScreenshots of the recently updated Cleanly app. Image courtesy of Cleanly

For $1.50 per pound, someone will do your laundry and then deliver it to your door. Yes, people will actually pay for that. They call it the “uber for laundry,” because the app, Cleanly, works just like smash-hit car service. After putting your card information on file, you simply request that your laundry be taken care of, select a pick-up time, and a rep will do your laundry and deliver it back to you in a minimum of two hours.