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Theodore Roosevelt Park is one of several New Taste beneficiaries.

Theodore Roosevelt Park is one of several New Taste of the Upper West Side beneficiaries.

How good are Upper West Side restaurants? Good, abundant, and public-spirited enough to support a three-evening annual food festival, New Taste of the Upper West Side, which opened with a soirée Wednesday night at the Museum of Natural History.

Run by the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District, New Taste is also a fundraiser—the soirée donates its proceeds to Theodore Roosevelt Park and the three evenings support the BID’s sustainable landscaping of West Side streets, as well as Wellness in the Schools, Greenhouse Classroom, and CityMeals-on-Wheels. Participating restaurants and chefs donate their time, food, wine, cocktails, and beverages.

Here, we’ve highlighted of a few of our local favorites participating in New Taste of the Upper West Side, starting at the BID’s southern boundary, Columbus Circle.

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Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village is a wonderful respite from the city with is magnificent arch and public spaces. But all around it, secrets abound in the history of how it came to be. Here are our top 10 favorite secrets of Washington Square Park:

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Jacob Lawrence This is Harlem-MoMA One Way Ticket-Walking Tour-NYCJacob Lawrence. This is Harlem. 1943. At the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, image via MoMA

In conjunction with the MoMA’s exhibit One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement Norththe museum has released an online walking tour to experience the Harlem that inspired Jacob Lawrence as a young painter. The tour is narrated by WQXR host Terrance McKnight, with commentary by Harlem leaders. Here’s a recap of the locations included in the tour, many that have been covered on Untapped Cities in the past:

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Joralemon Street-MTA Ventilator-Fake Townhouse Brownstone-Brooklyn Heights-NYC-001This townhouse is not what it seems to be...

Brooklyn Heights is probably best known for its charming, tree-lined streets filled with 19th century mansions and churches. But the bucolic neighborhood boasts more than just cobblestone lanes and scenic views of Lower Manhattan. Being one of the oldest neighborhoods in New York City, it also has its fair share of stories and secrets.

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A Trip To Baker's Row - Untapped CitiesBelmont, a neighborhood in The Bronx, is home to a number of Italian-owned family business including a number of bakeries located on East 187th Street.

If you’re in The Bronx, take a trip to the neighborhood of Belmont. Known to many residents as “The Little Italy of The Bronx,”the neighborhood is teeming with thriving Italian family owned businesses that date back to the early years of the 20th century. Some of the businesses located in Little Italy include delis, butchers, pizzerias, restaurants, and a retail market.

If you take a walk down East 187th Street, you will find a myriad of bakeries detailed in our guide below. In some regards, East 187th Street could be considered as the neighborhood’s “Baker’s Row.”

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We know you guys love to read about New York City’s abandoned subway stations, reveling most recently in a Fun Map of these subterranean fascinations. But what about subway stations that were built but never used? An article today about from Second Avenue Sagas about the 7 line extension station at Hudson Yards, awaiting passengers as the rest of the mega development is completed, reminded us of these. Here are 5 never completed or barely used subway stations in New York City:

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