04/30/14 9:00am

The Distinguished Drinkeries of NYC Untapped Cities

We recently came across this map of NYC bars that bills itself as “The Distinguished Drinkeries of New York City” via Mental Floss and thought we’d put it to the test. The people over at Pop Chart Lab in Brooklyn created this ”carefully crafted and curated map” which “features over 200 artisanal cocktail lounges, wine bars, biergartens, tequila bars, whiskey joints, and other first-rate drinking institutions.”

The map is color-coded: wine bars in red, biergartens/beer bars in brown, cocktail lounges in blue, tequila bars in green, and whiskey bars in yellow. Let’s take a closer look. This cross-section features bars in the East & West Village, Lower East Side and Williamsburg.  (more…)

04/29/14 10:00am
A very busy place for breakfast and lunch

A very busy place for breakfast and lunch

The Flatiron District has become one of the most popular neighborhoods in our City.  It is where Fifth Avenue crosses Broadway at the foot of Madison Square Park’s 6 1/2 acres, near galleries, museums, chic eateries and luxury high rises.  But it wasn’t always this way.

There was a time when the Flatiron area was strickly industrial and most of the businesses closed around 5pm.  The area was known as The Ladies’ Mile because some of New York’s most famous department stores were located there.  Names like Lord & Taylor, B. Altman W & J Sloane, Arnold Constable, Best & Co., Bergdorf Goodman and the list goes on.  In 1989 it was designated The Ladies’ Mile Historic District by the NYC Landmark Preservation Commission.  It was a popular place to shop and the neighborhood luncheonette was the place to eat.

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04/18/14 1:00pm
The current gutted space at 288 Lenox Avenue

The current gutted space at 288 Lenox Avenue

It was with great sadness that Harlem watched as its famed Lenox Lounge got shuttered on December 31, 2012.  The property located at 288 Lenox Avenue has been closed since then, stripped of its iconic interior and art deco doors and padlocked. It has been waiting to undergo a transformation by a new tenant hoping to breath life back into a space where Miles Davis and John Coltrane played, Billie Holiday sang, and the likes of James Baldwin and Langston Hughes graced those tables during the Harlem Renaissance. This week we finally saw some activity and we were fortunate enough to be able to take a peek.

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04/17/14 10:00am

The Original Ray's Pizza Restaurant-New York Pizza Project-NYC

Last summer, we rounded up six great urban photography projects that were going on, including those visiting every bodega in Manhattan, capturing the city’s disappearing neon signs, and a guy walking every street of NYC. Yesterday, another one came across our way: For the last three years, five friends have been visiting and documenting New York’s old-school pizza joints. For extra authenticity, all five are native New Yorkers. According to Ian Manheimer, a member of The New York Pizza Project, they’ve “been to over 100 of the most authentic shops in the City: talking to patrons and pizza makers, snapping photos…We like to say, it’s not about the food, it’s about everything else.”

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04/15/14 10:00am

Luke Kingma-NYC-Foodie Guide to New York.07 AM

As Untapped Cities columnist, Luke Kingma, who boldly took us to the depths of Chinatown and to the wildest of NYC parties, moves on to the West Coast, he reminisces on his life in New York City in the best way he knows how–through its food. 

It is no simple task to summarize 3.5 years spent in a city that has at once asked so much of me and given so much to me. I arrived in December 2010 with a paltry pile of personal items stacked in the corner of an old friend’s Upper East Side apartment. I’ll depart tonight with a similar haul, bound for Los Angeles and the inevitability of a car payment. (Do they still run on gas? Did we figure that out yet?)

As my mind criss-crosses the boroughs in search of a compelling narrative, I can’t help but distill my experience down to the food I’ve eaten during my stay here. From the $.20 pork & chive dumplings on Eldridge Street to the finest cuts of Pat LeFrieda beef in Tribeca, there has been meaning and memory in every morsel. So I began revisiting the restaurants where my own story was written, hoping to find remnants of myself if not one last warm meal.

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04/14/14 9:00am

Inside the entrance you will find a colorful showcase filled with gifts & souvenirs

Every day, talented people come to New York City, suitcase in hand, hoping to make it on Broadway.  But sometimes that dream takes more then a day or a month or two. Enter Ellen’s Stardust Diner, where those with talent and stardust in their eyes have a way to pay their rent on their way to the top—and sharpen their skills along the way.  (more…)