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Faith 47-Os Gemenos-JR-FAILE-Danielle Mastrion-Street Art-Art-Untapped Cities                                         Faith 47, Os Gemeos, JR, FAILE & Danielle Mastrion

In our monthly showcase, Untapped Cities Street Art Columnist Christopher Inoa highlights the top five New York City graffiti and street art pieces found on the city’s walls, rooftops and tunnels.

The summer is getting ready to draw its final hot, humid breath. The Untapped Cities team have been making every last summer minute count, and the same could be said of the artists featured this month coming from around the world to leave their mark on the walls of New York City. So if you are looking for one last adventure before Labor Day, we have some pieces here that are worth applying that sunblock for, one last time. Here are our top five favorite street art pieces for August 2015. 
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Ruff Dog Spa Untapped Cities AFineLyneRuff Club in the East Village

Tomorrow, August 26th is National Dog Day. A time to celebrate those that love us unconditionally, never talk back, and rarely have an opinion contrary to ours. We primp them, dress them, quaff them, and walk them at our pace. They are all around us, on leashes, off-leashes, in strollers and body-slings held close to our hearts. New Yorkers are as intense about their pets as they are about everything else, and there are no shortage of shops and services to choose from. Some are outrageously over-the-top, and some are just pretty. For tomorow and any time of the year, here are 10 places in New York City to treat your pup.

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Women's National Republican Club-Rockefeller Center-Midtown-Andrew Carnegie-NYC-2View of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Rockefeller Center elevated gardes from the balcony of the Women’s National Republic Club. Photo by Corey William Schneider.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral is one of the landmarks of Midtown Manhattan. Its Neo-Gothic aesthetic contrasts starkly with the Art Deco Rockefeller Center, thereby ensuring that no one walking on Fifth Avenue will miss its grandeur. The main part of the Cathedral was completed in 1878 and designed by architect James Renwick. St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which served as the sear of the Archdiocese of New York, has recently undergone a thorough renovation and appears to be sparkling like new. The next time you find yourself in Midtown, stop by St. Patrick’s and be impressed by these 10 facts about one of the City’s most famous Cathedrals.
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Wall Street Pearl Street-Street Signs-Slave Market-NYCNYC’s Slave Market was located at what is now Wall Street and Pearl Street. Image via Flickr by bradhoc

When you think about slavery, New York City rarely comes to mind, but there’s actually a deep history entrenched in the streets and buildings of New York. As we showed before, the Underground Railroad had a large presence here and finally this year, in an effort to recognize #blacklivesmatter, New York City has finally acknowledged that it was once home to one of the biggest slave markets in the country. In June, Mayor de Blasio unveiled a new plaque marking the spot on Wall Street where the slave market once stood, dedicating it to the thousands of enslaved people who passed through.

Inspired by this historic event, here are 10 things you may not have known about New York City’s slave market.

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The Untapped Cities team is headed on a trip soon, which has us thinking about the secrets of the New York City’s essential infrastructure. If you’re flying internationally especially, but also domestically, you’ve definitely experienced the ups and downs of John F. Kennedy Airport. The next time you’re stuck on the line for security or trying to get out of customs, read up on these 10 fun facts. It just might make your trip a little more tolerable.

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Worldport Terminal (former Pan-AM Terminal) at JFK Airport

In the Jet Age, the world’s most famous architects were designing terminals for John F. Kennedy Airport. Many of these buildings would not have the same luck as the TWA Flight Center, the iconic, landmarked terminal that will be turned into a hotel after years of preservation activism and support from inside the Port Authority. It may come as surprise that airline companies have control over the fate of historical buildings, but such is the nature of airport architecture, which is perpetually looking forward to accommodate the new trends and demands of jet travel.

Like in the demolitions of Pennsylvania Station and the renovation of Grand Central Terminal, travel must continue undisrupted in any renovation or construction. As a result, for a period of time, new and old often sit by side at airports offering passengers and flight industry members a chance to reflect. Here are the lost terminals at JFK Airport:

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