VeselkafromSFII-jamesandmurrayphotography-nyc-untappedcitiedPhoto by James and Karla Murray Photography

On Sunday, August 21st at 12pm, Untapped Cities will host the tour STOREFRONT: A HISTORIC EAST VILLAGE FOOD TOUR, led by photographers and authors James and Karla Murray. This visit will cover the  food, history and diverse culture of the East Village while tasting delicious specialties from at least 6 different tasting stops.

Below, James and Karla have written a piece for us about one of those stops, Veselka:

Discover the food, history and diverse culture of the East Village while tasting delicious specialties from at least 6 different tasting stops. Many family-run businesses started out as traditional mom-and-pop stores passed down from generation to generation, and defined their neighborhoods. Not only are these modest small businesses falling away in the face of modernization, gentrification, and conformity, the once unique appearance and character of New York City’s colorful streets suffers in the process. On this tour you will learn about the diverse German, Italian, Jewish and Ukrainian history of the East Village and try some fresh homemade Italian mozzarella, drink an authentic New York City egg cream or have a freshly roasted cup of coffee, taste a hot Ukrainian potato pierogi with toppings from Veselka, sample a freshly baked Jewish sugar cookie, enjoy an authentic New York hot dog and tropical drink and taste a freshly baked Italian cannoli.


The Negro Travlelers Green BookThe Spring 1956 Edition of The Negro Travelers’ Green Book via The University Libraries Digital Collection

Whether traveling to a National Park or just driving down to the shore, road trips are an integral part of American culture. However, during the age of Jim Crow, African American travelers faced insurmountable hardships when trying to plan their road trips. In order to publicize the discrimination he faced and to help his fellow African American travelers, Victor Hugo Green published. The Negro Travelers’ Green Book (also known as The Negro Travelers’ Green Book or just The Green Book). The Green Book was published between 1936 and 1964 in order to provide African Americans a list of establishments in which they were welcome.

As Green was from Harlem, the book was originally New York focused, but eventually included much of North America. While the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Heart of Atlanta Motel Supreme Court case made the book obsolete, the locations listed still possess incredible historical meaning.

Listed below are five New York City sites that were welcoming to African American travelers in an age when that was revolutionary.


Holland Tunnel-Interior-Longest Vehicular Tunnel Underwater-New York-New Jersey-NYCInside the Holland Tunnel. Image via Flickr by Daniel Mennerich

Commuters and weekend travelers are perhaps all too familiar with the Holland Tunnel. So today, we provide you with fun facts and forgotten secrets about the tunnel between Manhattan and New Jersey, a feat of engineering and ventilation at the time it was built.


Andy Warhol-The Factory-10 NYC Haunts-2Andy Warhol in The Factory. Photo via Phaidon.

Andy Warhol was not only one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century, but an equally iconic New Yorker. Although he died in 1987, the pop artist would have been celebrating his 88th birthday this year on August 6th. In honor of his birthday, here are 10 spots to visit in honor of Warhol.


Socrates Sculpture GardenFugue in B♭by Jessica Segall

The month of August sizzles with installations from Fort Tilden to Long Island City to Harlem. This month, viewers will celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service at Fort Tilden, with works by the Rockaway Artists Alliance, enjoy light shows and installations indoors and out. Celebrate the 30th anniversary year for Socrates Sculpture Park with the works of eight artists, and check out a roof installation in a new gallery in El Barrio.

New York will once again receive public artwork to add to our list of private art in public spaces on 57th Street, and prepare for a new permanent installation by the Hells Kitchen/Hudson Yards Alliance. We will check in on a few exciting new murals around town, and finally retrace our steps in Riverside Park to view Aaron Bell’s original M2M sculpture, following the controversy.

Here are our top 11 installations not to miss in August.


Kick off the last month of summer the right way, with a list of fun activities curated for you by Untapped Cities. Here are the top 10 New York City events happening from August 1st to August 7th from a summer movie series at the Intrepid Museum to the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. And don’t forget, this weekend we’ll be hosting our tours of the Secrets of the Gowanus Canal and of Rooftop Reds, the world’s first commercially viable vineyard located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Monday, August 1st

Come to Books Beneath the Bridge at the Granite Prospect Steps before the summer is over. This annual six-week book festival celebrates authors representing local, independent bookstores in Brooklyn, who 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 Community Bookstore in Park Slope. At 7 pm, author Idra Novey will present her novel, Ways to Disappear and Rebecca Schiff will read from her debut book of stories, The Bed Moved. 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.