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New York Light by INABA-Madison Square Park Conservancy-5th Avenue-Flatiron-NYCNew York Light at Flatiron. Photo by Cameron Blaylock. Courtesy of Van Alen Institute.

It’s always fun to check in on the Madison Square Park Conservancy to see what art they’re featuring, from an installation of water towers to a life-size Lego reproduction of the Statue of Liberty. This time, the Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District put together a creative competition for artists outside the park. We caught up with Yoichiro Mizuno of INABA, on the North Public Plaza today, where we got to see the winning exhibit, New York Light, a mirror-paneled light installation.

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We recently discovered a sample test for prospective NYC cab drivers. Formally known as the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission‘s Medallion Taxicab Operator Sample Final Examination #1, this is also a good test of how well you know New York City. From intersections to house numbers, how familiar are you with NYC streets without an iPhone to guide you? Test yourself! We’ve recreated  most of the test and embedded it here:

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New York City has no shortage of holiday markets, with outdoor shopping extravaganzas in Union Square, Bryant Park, and Columbus Circle. But what about those of us looking for something a little different? Here is our round up of the quirkiest holiday shopping events in New York City.

1. Etsy Holiday Handmade Cavalcade

untappedcities_Esty_annabrownImage via Flickr by Etsy NY Street Team

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Boo Paterson, founder of online magazine Boo York City is an international news reporter and frequent contributor to Untapped Cities. She is also an artist whose work is inspired heavily by her many years living in NYC. We recently came across some of her latest work, a series titled The Greek Gods in New York. The paper cutout artwork combines the mythology of ancient Greece, where Gods stood tall over humanity and the buildings of NYC that do the same. (more…)

sandra bloodworth_NYC_Art_Untapped cities_bhushan mondkarJane Dickson 2014, Oil on Linen, 40” x 60” This portrait by Sandra Bloodworth is part of the exhibition- Six in the City at SOMA New Art Gallery

For the past three weeks, through our interview with Sandra Bloodworth, we have presented a treasure of untapped information about the incredible public art that has transformed New York’s subway system. The Director of MTA Arts & Design is also an accomplished artist herself and today we talk about her work as a painter. She began her career in her home state of Mississippi, working as a painter and instructor in the college and university environment. Early in her career, she became a figurative painter, with an emphasis on the portrait, to tangibly capture the people in her life. Still lifes, flowers, and people are all subjects she chooses in her practice as a painter. She focuses on portraits while intensely observing the natural world around her.

Her paintings are currently on exhibit at the SOMA NewArt Gallery in Cape May, NJ. Titled, “Six in the City,” it presents six new portraits of people she admires – one choreographer, one novelist, one poet, and three visual artists. This is the final of our four part interview with Sandra Bloodworth. The interview was conducted by Catherine McKeon Mondkar and Bhushan Mondkar.

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New York City will get a royal visit this Friday, when Prince William and Duchess Kate Middletown arrive for a three-day visit. They’ll be staying at the historic Carlyle Hotel (hopefully grabbing a drink below the Madeleine murals at Bemelmans Bar), visiting the 9/11 Memorial and catching a Knicks game at Barclays Center. In honor of the upcoming visit, we’re looking back at royal visit to NYC in the past. The first member of the British Royal family to visit the United States was King Edward VII during his 1860 tour of North America as Prince:

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