12/10/13 11:00am

If you still haven’t found the perfect gifts for everyone on your list, don’t fret! We’ve compiled a list of awesomely Untapped gifts for urban explorers and NYC enthusiasts!

Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers by Becky Cooper

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A beautiful tribute to New York City, Mapping Manhattan is a collection of hand-drawn maps compiled by Becky Cooper. Cooper walked the length of Broadway handing out blank maps with the outline of Manhattan and asking people to draw in their associations of the city. The book includes maps by prominent New Yorkers (and non-New Yorkers who love the city) such as David Chang of Momofuku and Vahram Muratyan, creator of Paris v. New York: A Tally of Two Cities(more…)

12/02/13 3:22pm

Sponsored By New York Lottery.

This year make Holiday Scratch Offs from the New York Lottery one of your holiday traditions.

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Your New York lifestyle probably results in all sorts of kooky holiday traditions, whether its stuffing an eight-foot-tall tree into a crowded Subway or jumping into a freezing lake. Why not make Holiday Scratch-Offs from the New York Lottery one of your holiday traditions? At just $1, $3, $5, and $10 a ticket, this is one tradition that can pay off big and actually fits inside a stocking.

Check out this video and visit http://nylottery.ny.gov/wps/portal to learn more about New York Lottery’s Holiday Instant Scratch-off Games.

11/12/13 10:00am

The recently released film Kill Your Darlings delves into the story of the three most famous Beat Generation writers: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, who were involved in a murder at Columbia University. Based on Bill Morgan’s book Beat Generation in New York: a Walking Tour of Jack Kerouac’s City and New York University’s printable walking tour, we’ve put together a list of the best authentic Beat Generation spots to grab a drink so you can join in the history of these literary greats.

1. Caffe Reggio – 119 MacDougal Street

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Sure, the Beat writers spent a lot of time in Caffe Reggio, but the restaurant actually prides itself on one other pretty neat historical detail about their establishment. Their crown jewel is the “Original Capuccino.” According to them, they were the first place to bring the now-famous caffeine drink from Italy to New York City. Caffe Reggio also made our list of the Top 10 coffee shops in Manhattan for design buffs(more…)

11/08/13 10:00am

You wouldn’t know it now, but Bushwick (together with Greenpoint and Williamsburg) was originally a Dutch farming town. These days, Bushwick is a haven for artists who flock there for the cheap studios in old warehouses and DIY culture. But even Bushwick is growing up and–dare we say–gentrifying. We won’t argue the pros and cons of what this means for the neighborhood’s future. Rather, we aim to highlight some of Bushwick’s best spots to eat, drink, read, shop and hang out.

Outdoor Art Gallery: The Bushwick Collective on and around Troutman Street [map]

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The largest concentration of street art is located on and around Troutman Street, just around the corner from the Jefferson Avenue L station. Bushwick native Joe Ficalora is the curator of the Bushwick Collective, which he created in order to metaphorically paint over the painful memories of growing up here. The murals, which range in style and scale, line several block’s worth of buildings. Among the artists are Icy & Sot, Buff Monster, Concrete Jungle, Danielle Mastrion, The Yok, Fumero and many more.  (more…)

10/19/13 8:00am

Ah, the City of Light… Oh wait. This is New York–the Big Apple. Luckily for us New Yorkers, there are plenty of things to do, see and (most importantly) eat when we want to feel like we’re being transported across the ocean to that magical place known to some as “Baguette Town.” Yesterday, Untapped Cities reader Akeem Bailey  asked us: “Hey guys, I want to plan a ‘Paris’ day in NYC this weekend. Any ideas on things to do, places to eat?”

Here are our “untapped” suggestions for a Parisian day in NYC.



Macarons, macarons, macarons. There are plenty of places to get them. Our top picks are Macaron Café, François Payard and the most famous of the French pâtisseries, Ladurée. Or for the ultimate Paris-meets-New York gastronomic experience, line up at Dominique Ansel’s Soho bakery for a Cronut. The latest hyped import is Maison Kayser, and while excellent, know that it’s just like any other good pâtisserie in Paris.


10/03/13 11:00am

Thanks to zoning initiatives, where the city granted buildings the rights to additional air space (i.e. taller buildings) in exchange for indoor and outdoor public areas, there are quite a few indoor public access areas in the least likely of locations. If you’re looking for a unique meeting spot, have a nice quiet lunch, or simply get some “me” time, stop in at one of these locations. Good news if you are a CitiBiker – all of these locations have Citibikes either directly in front of the main entrances, or just across the street.

1. The Ford Foundation

320 E 43rd St – Take any of the trains in Grand Central Station