Tony Rosenthal-Alamo Cube-Maquette-Model-National Academy Museum-NYCPhoto via Flickr by Peter Burka

Yesterday, we published about a secret full-size version of Tony Rosenthal’s famous cube sculpture in Astor Place that has gone under the radar – because it’s in a private collection in Westchester. Untapped Cities reader Pete Burka reached out to us via Twitter to let us know that the maquette, a hand-cut bronze and brass model by Rosenthal, is not only in the collection of of the National Academy Museum, but is also on display only until June 1st.


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New Yorkers have recently been abuzz on social media about Alamo, the steel cube at Astor Place that thousands have stopped to swivel. The sculpture, which was removed for protection when construction on Alamo Plaza’s redesign began in 2014, will finally be coming home. It was previously missing in action for a cleaning in 2005.

Midwestern sculptor Bernard “Tony” Rosenthal died from a stroke in 2009 at the age of 94. Wikipedia states Rosenthal made five large outdoor cubes. But as they say, never trust Wikipedia as a historical source. There is at least one more large outdoor Rosenthal cube, on the lawn of a Westchester waterfront home off the Long Island Sound. I saw it with my own eyes in 2014 while attending a private concert in that impressive home.


Spencer Finch-High Line-Chelsea Market Passage-NYCSpencer Finch, The River That Flows Both Ways on the High Line. Photo via the High Line

You know Spencer Finch’s work, The River That Flows Both Ways on the High Line even if you don’t know its name. In fact, most people probably think the colored panes of glass in the Chelsea Market passage along the High Line are permanent because the work was already installed in partnership with Creative Time when the first section of the High Line opened in 2009. Sadly, The River That Flows Both Ways will come down from its West 16th Street home after this June, according to the High Line’s Tumblr blog


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Today, Prospect Park introduced eight goats in the Vale of Cashmere, a herd Sue Donaghue, President of of the Prospect Park Alliance called today the “newest and most adorable addition to the landscape management crew.” These goats will be restoring woodlands damaged from recent storms, including Superstorm Sandy. Prospect Park is home to Brooklyn’s last remaining forest, and the loss of 500 trees was significant enough to warrant a $1.2 million in restoration grants for the Vale of Cashmere and Lookout Hill from the National Park Service, through the New York State Office of the Parks.


Canal Street Post it War-Havas Worldwide-Horizon Media-Agency-NYCCanal Street Post-It War. Image via DNAinfo video.

In 2011, Paris became embroiled in a new kind of war – a Post-It Note War between the corporate offices of companies like L’Oreal, BNP Paribas, video game company Ubisoft. Now, advertising agencies on Canal Street are going at it with pop culture references (“Becky with the Good Hair,” “Hello from the Other Side,” YOLO) and veritable works of art (the Empire State Building, the Simpsons, Spiderman). Even some low-brow content: “POOP” and offers for free beer. NY1 broke the news and DNAinfo followed up with a drone video, but since then a Van Gogh/Banksy masterpiece was created.


PiratesCave_SheridanSquare_Untapped CitiesDon Dickerman in his Pirate’s Cave at 133 Washington Place in Sheridan Square, 1916. Photo by Jessie Tarbox Beals, via the Library of Congress

In 1916, Don Dickerman opened a tearoom called the Pirate’s Cave at 133 Washington Place in Greenwich Village. Tearooms were all the rage in Greenwich Village at this time, particularly around Sheridan Square, where one could find such quaint dining establishments as the Mad Hatter, The Mouse Trap, and Will O’ the Wisp in the tiny, dark basements of old brick and timber buildings. Although he called it a tearoom, the Washington Place eatery primarily served as a place to display the hand-painted pirate-themed wooden toys that Don Dickerman made in his nearby Sheridan Square art studio.