NYC SubwayThe 1962 Subway “Bar Car’. Image via The Subway Maven

Drinking an alcoholic beverage on the subway today would probably get you ticketed or arrested but this was not always the case. Alcohol was actually a served along the subway, as reported by The Subway Maven. In the early 1960s, New York City’s Transit system was in the middle of a massive cleanup campaign. As a way to promote it, the Metropolitan Transit Authority created “a bar car” in January of 1962, a one-time publicity stunt for the campaign.


Boo Paterson-Untapped Cities Contributor-NYC

Today we profile Untapped Cities contributor Boo Paterson who has written articles about the Mad Men interiors of the United Nations, Weegee’s photography of moviegoers in the 1940s, about NYC’s first permanent cat cafe and more. We’ve also featured her architectural paper cut series, “Greek Gods in New York.”

What’s your “day job”?

Editor of www.booyorkcity.com and paper-cut artist

Favorite piece you’ve written for Untapped:

The exclusive interview I did with Chris ‘Freedom’ Pape, who painted copies of Old Masters in the abandoned Amtrak tunnel under Riverside Park. In a poetic twist, the homeless ended up living underneath these beautiful works of art before their shanty town was bulldozed. 


Untapped Cities and Big Screen Plaza are teaming up to showcase the photographic talents of our readers. Via Instagram, hashtag both #UntappedCities and#BigScreenNY and follow us on Instagram @untappedcities to get your photograph in the running. Through April 5th, Submit photos that you believe best capture the essence of New York. It could range from architecture, people, street scenes, arts, public places, abandoned spaces, cool restaurants, and more.

The Untapped Cities team be featuring selected images weekly on the site and on our Pinterest board and then choosing 50 of our favorites to be put on Big Screen Plaza on 29th Street and 6th Avenue. The winning images will be shown April 20th to 24th, with credit to your Instagram account, from 12-1pm on the 30 foot HD outdoor screen, behind the Eventi hotel.

We can’t wait to see your images! Remember, hashtag both #UntappedCities and#BigScreenNY and follow us on Instagram @untappedcities to get your photographs in the running.

Genovese murder sceneKitty Genovese and the street on which she was murdered. Photo by AP.

On the evening of March 13, a young woman named Kitty Genovese was brutally murdered outside of her apartment building in Queens while more than three dozen witnesses gaped out their windows and did nothing. When the story of what happened ran in the New York Times, the public and politicians were outraged, academics scurried into action, and wholesale changes to emergency response, like the creation of 9-1-1, soon followed. Except much of what we just told you might not be true. The murder of Kitty Genovese remains a subject of much dispute, the actual details of her death having long given way to an entire sociological and psychological inquiry.



The first reasonably warm day of the year feels like waking up with a start from a nap you hadn’t realized you’d been taking. What? What’s going on? How did I get here? Where is all this light coming from? Is that the sun? Why am I so happy all of a sudden? Oh my god is it spring?! Daylight Savings Time is basically a pointless annoyance but in this first glorious week the afternoons stretch into bright eternities and we can almost ignore the melting piles of frozen garbage piled up on the curbs. Ah, springtime in New York.


Space Invader-International Space Station-Photo-Samantha CristoforettiPhoto: ESA-NASA

Now that we see it, there could be nothing more fitting than seeing a Space Invader street art piece in the International Space Station. As reported by City Lab, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti (@astrosamantha) posted the above photograph yesterday.