David-Attie, Truman-Capote, Brooklyn-Historical-Society, Brooklyn, New-YorkPhoto by David Attie via Brooklyn Historical Society.

For those into photography, David Attie is a 20th century artist that is hard to forget. However, his passing in the 1980s resulted in him being largely forgotten by the mainstream. But a recent rediscovery displayed at the Brooklyn Historical Society has resulted in a new appreciation for his work.


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In the hit Broadway show “Hamilton,” Aaron Burr says “There’s nothing like summer in the city,” and he was definitely right. Summer in New York City is full of activities for people with a range of interests, and Untapped Cities has curated the perfect list for you. Here are the top ten events happening in New York City from July 18th to the 24th.

Monday, July 18th

Outdoor movies are a summer staple in New York City and the city’s parks across the five boroughs are host to some of the best outdoor film festivals. On July 18th, there will be a screening of “The Omen” at the HBO Bryant Park Film FestivalThis 1976 film stars Gregory Peck and Lee Remick as Robert and Katherine Thorne. The couple lives in London with their son Damien, but they are soon surrounded by an unfortunate series of deaths. Is their son to blame? The screening is presented by Bank of America and is free to the public. The movie starts at around 8 or 9 pm, but the lawn opens at 5 for laying out blankets and picnicking. For more information and to see the full list of movies playing this summer, visit bryantpark.com/plan-your-visit/filmfestival.html.

The Brooklyn Bridge Park annual literature series Books Beneath the Bridge continues on July 18 on the Granite Prospect Steps. For six weeks, an author representing local, independent bookstores in Brooklyn will read excerpts from their works and participate in a Q&A and book signing. This week’s installment of Books Beneath the Bridge features authors representing WORD bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. At 7 pm, author Emma Straub and Rumaan Alam will present their respective novels “Modern Lovers” and “Rich and Pretty.” This event is free and open to the public. For a full list of authors participating in this series, visit brooklynbridgepark.org/event-series/books-beneath-the-bridge.



New York City is known for its skyscrapers and industrial landscape. But it’s also the prime location to see the naturally occurring phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge. Twice a year, in June and July, the sun lines up perfectly with Manhattan’s East-West numbered streets and creates a cinematic spectacle. On Tuesday, July 12, the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium is hosting a special one-night event to explain the history and astronomy behind Manhattanhenge. Before gathering on the city streets, join astrophysicist Jackie Faherty at 7 pm for a special presentation, followed by a group viewing on 79th Street.


Rediscovering the Forgotten History of Little Syria, NYC_exhibit 4_NYC_Untapped CitiesImage via New York City Department of Records

By Abdessamad Kharmaj
Community Associate at NYC Department of Records

In recent years, “Syria” and “Syrians” have become associated with destroyed houses, refugees, war crimes, and terror. Luckily, this was not the case at the end of the 19th century in New York City, where immigrants from the Middle East established the first vibrant and productive community of Arab Americans in the United States called “Little Syria.”


Jameco Exchange-Jamaica Queens-NYCPhoto courtesy of No Longer Empty/Whitney Browne

Summertime in New York may be sweltering and miserable at times, but that doesn’t mean you should spend your days at home! Here is a list of New York City events from July 11th to the 17th curated by Untapped Cities. Check out the Manhattanhenge phenomenon at sunset or see the Jameco Exchange exhibit before it’s gone.

Monday, July 11th

Manhattanhenge is a term famously coined by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, referring to the phenomenon when the sun is aligned with the grid pattern of Manhattan’s streets. At 8:20 pm, you’ll be able to view the full sun on the horizon from any of Manhattan’s cross streets. But some of the best viewing spots include 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd and 57th Streets. Secure your spot as early as possible before the crowds get too big!

In the “technology age” when different gadgets are created at rapid speed, it’s nice to slow down and read a book – or in other cases, have a book read to you. Books Beneath the Bridge is a yearly event that has brought people together in the name of the written word since 2012. Authors representing some of Brooklyn’s best independent bookstores will read excerpts from their own works. This year’s event kicks off at 7 pm on the Granite Prospect Steps. The first reading of the season is from Heather Wolf’s new book ‘Birding at the Bridge: In Search of Every Bird on the Brooklyn Waterfront.’ Books Beneath the Bridge happens every Monday through August 15. Check out the full list of upcoming events.


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On July 31st, join Untapped Cities and the non-profit NYC H20 on a special tour of the Ridgewood Reservoir, built in 1859 to supply the once independent City of Brooklyn with high quality water. The system became obsolete with the addition of new reservoirs in the Catskills in the 1950s and was decommissioned in the 1980s. Since then, nature has taken its course in a perfect case study of ecological succession. A lush and dense forest has grown in its two outside basins while a freshwater pond with waterfowl sits in the middle basin, forming 50+ acres of a natural oasis on the border of Brooklyn and Queens.

The tour is led by Matt Malina, the director and founder of NYC H20. NYC H2O’s mission is to educate and inspire New York’s citizenry about its incredible water system. The remnants of the Ridgewood Reservoir experiment can still be seen within Highland Park, land purchased in 1891 to protect Brooklyn’s water system. A few years ago, walking paths were installed around the basins, two of which have been drained. Along this walk, you will discover the brick foundations that supported the walls of the reservoir and a former gatehouse. You can also find the abandoned force tubes that once pumped water from various collections points up into the reservoir.