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.
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…)
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.
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.
New York City is home to numerous world-famous museums but if you need a break from classics like the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the MOMA, do check out some of the City’s smaller, off the beaten path museums. In this series, we’ll be rounding up unique house museums in each borough. They cover history, art, and nature, and are usually free of the throngs of visitors crowding into the galleries of the City’s more well-known institutions. Below, we begin by exploring five house museums located in the Bronx.
Whether built by American royalty (namely the Astors and the Hearsts) or by immigrants pursuing the American Dream like Charles Pierre, their shared dedication to excellence in hospitality serve as the foundation to NYC’s premier hotels. Besides impeccable hospitality taken as a given at all of these establishments, each of these hotel are renowned for its originality. Visit these hotels for murals, the birthplace of world famous cocktails and the storied haunts of aristocrats, presidents, industrialists and Hollywood stars.
Throughout the past several decades, Flushing, Queens has become one of the largest and fastest growing ethnic Chinese diasporas outside of Asia, even within New York City itself. Flushing can be quite daunting to the outsider who’s not familiar with the area or traditional Chinese cuisine. Fortunately, after many visits through the bustling streets, seemingly endless restaurants, and surrounding parks, we have put together a day long walking guide to help give you a taste of the food, sightseeing attractions, and culture. Read on after for this guide for the top architectural sites in Flushing.