Places to Find Nikola Tesla-Nikola Tesla Corner Bryant Park-NYCPhoto via Flickr/storm2k

July 10th, 2016 marked the 160th birthday of inventor, engineer and physicist, Nikola Tesla, regarded as one of the most important figures of the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1884, a 28-year-old Tesla was hired by Thomas Edison, and moved from his home country, Serbia, and would go on to live and work in New York City for 60 years. Tesla was credited with the advancement and creation of a number of important inventions, but unfortunately, others would often be credited for his work. Here is a list of the top 10 places to find Nikola Tesla in New York City.


Top Ten Hidden Gardens-Ford Foundation Atrium Garden-NYCImage via Flickr user Timothy Vollmer

Before it experienced a period of industrialization, New York City was full of lush greenery and bucolic treasures. Though the city is filled with more buildings and paved streets than it had in the past, there are still some hidden gardens and green spaces tucked in around the five boroughs. Here are the top ten hidden gardens to get away from the hustle and bustle of New York City.


Jarrett Lyons Photo

This week we profile Untapped Cities contributor, Jarrett Lyons, an urban and arts reporter from CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He’s a native Brooklynite with an interest in New York history and exploring neighborhoods that still actually have New Yorkers left in them.

What’s your favorite Untapped spot in your city? 

I used to work for La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club and I love seeing shows there to this day. More people should be checking out the work done there. Even if I don’t necessarily enjoy what performance I saw, I always feel satisfied that I stretched the limits of my imagination. Second is my favorite panini shop in Brooklyn but I’ll keep that to myself.


NEW YORK, NEW YORK, MAY 11, 2016. New York City Landmark the Stonewall Inn on a Spring afternoon. 05112016. Photo by Jarrett Lyons/NYCity News Service

The modern LGBT rights movement is largely understood to have begun 47 years ago this year with the historic Stonewall Riots. They occurred at The Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, setting in motion modern LGBTQI movements around the nation and world. Despite the significance of this event in LGBT history, New York City is behind both San Francisco and Los Angeles in building a comprehensive archive of sites that are historically and culturally significant to the LGBT community.

Ken Lustbader, a New York City based preservationist, and his colleagues at the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, intend to change that. Their mission is “to comprehensive identify, document, and evaluate LGBT historic and cultural sites in the five boroughs of New York City,” says Lustbader.


Bronx Borough HallBronx Borough Hall decorated for the Hudson-Fulton Celebration. Image via  The Story of the Bronx

Just north of the Cross Bronx Expressway, on the east side of Third Avenue, lies Tremont Park. Today, Tremont Park is merely a vestige of its former self. Until the destruction wrought by Robert Moses and the Cross Bronx Expressway, Tremont Park was connected to Crotona Park. It was the center of Bronx political life for almost half a century.


Church-of-the-Annuciation, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, German, Lithuania, Open-House

As part of the Open House New York tour in Williamsburg, Untapped Cities got a glimpse inside the Church of the Annunciation, an establishment built in the 19th century and filled to the brim with history.

Construction of the church originally began in the early 1860’s. Designed by Francis Himpler, it was completed in 1870. Himpler, a German-born architect, is famous for building various cathedrals in Detroit, New Jersey, Cincinnati and Kansas City, according to Dr. Algirdas Lukoševičius, a Lithuanian community board member. As for the specific interior style, it is an Italian Lombardy Romanesque Basilica, which is from the Roman Order of the 12th Century.