The heart of the Tenderloin District, 37th Street looking towards 9th Avenue. From the New York Daily Tribune

A lone streetcar slowly wound up 8th Avenue in the early hours of Monday, August 13th, 1900. New York City was in the midst of a particularly oppressive heat wave. The Tenderloin District, which had seen outbreaks of violence that summer, was unusually still. There were no signs of what was to become the worst riot in New York City history since the infamous 1863 Draft Riots. Voices and cigar smoke escaped McBride’s saloon, at 41st Street and 8th Avenue. May Enoch was patiently waiting outside for her companion, Arthur Harris, when she was approached by plainclothes policeman Robert J. Thorpe.


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Do a quick Google search. Sometimes it’s so hot, you can actually fry eggs on a sidewalk or a manhole cover. And as the heat returns over the weekend, it still might be possible in New York City this summer. But even better (and more sanitary) might be this creative street art piece in Alphabet City on Avenue C and 2nd Street, photographed by Untapped Cities reader Laurie Gwen Shapiro. Makes us almost want to have some N.Y.C. Sewer waffles too.

If anybody knows the artist who did this, let us know!

Next, check out 10 of NYC’s most unique manhole covers or discover the disproportionate number of manhole covers that are in Westminster Abbey, London.

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In a few years, Queens will join Brooklyn as the latest New York City borough to receive a major upscale facelift. The change will come with the construction of the QueensWay, a proposed 3.5-mile greenway snaking through Queens’ six neighborhoods. Though it hopes to avoid the over-gentrification that the High Line brought to west Chelsea only a few years ago, the QueensWay seems poised to connect the neighborhoods by repurposing the Rock­away Beach Branch of the Long Island Rail­road into park space, currently an abandoned dumping ground.

QueensWay Eats is an effort to provide a little context to the project that most say will change Queens for the better, a map of all the best restaurants within walking distance of the proposed line.



Renowned French conceptual artist Pierre Huyghe created ‘Untilled (Liegender Frauenakt)‘ back in 2012, and the sculpture has not been seen for quite some time since it was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art. This summer, however, it was shown in the museum’s sculpture garden, and has about four days left until it is put back into storage.


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SoHo is embracing its inner child starting August 21, when a ball pit (yes, like the ones at Chuck E. Cheese’s) especially for adults will set up camp until September. Jumpin! consists of 81,000 white plastic balls and will be open with reservations on 455 Broadway.


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The redevelopment of Lincoln Center from a classic but aloof 1960s Modernistic collection of austere buildings and plazas into an inviting, comprehensible campus of arts events and organizations is revolutionizing the Upper West Side. Its staid past behind it, Lincoln Center now pulses morning and night with people walking, talking, dancing, singing, stretching, practicing their crafts and watching one another.

Surrounding restaurants, shops, sidewalks, and parklets seem perpetually busy as the neighborhood becomes the destination it was long meant to be. The saga of how this came about is laid out by former president Reynold Levy in his Game-of-Thrones-like chronicle, They Told Me not to Take that Job: Tumult, Betrayal, Heroics, and the Transformation of Lincoln Center.

New Yorkers have so thoroughly made the new Lincoln Center their own that it can be hard to remember what was once there (including a lost neighborhood of San Juan Hill),—and therefore the subtle genius of what’s been done.

Here are a few things you might not know about the new Lincoln Center: