House of Yes Oriana Leckert Brooklyn Spaces by Michael BlaseHouse of Yes. Photo by Michael Blase.

Oriana Leckert is the founder of the website Brooklyn Spaces and has also been an Untapped Cities contributor, writing one of our favorite pieces on 7 of the most unique bathrooms in the city. The tenacity of her expedition around the city to find these bizarre toilets has only been amplified for her book Brooklyn Spacesa compendium of 50 Brooklyn hubs of culture and creativity. These are community-grown, artist-founded spaces within the post-manufacturing/post-industrial landscape, in buildings and lots that have been hacked, adapted and reused. You can tell Leckert knows Brooklyn (at least this part of Brooklyn, she admits) inside and out, and each location is told with a knowledgable ease that comes with already being a part of the place and a sense of humor.


Butterick building hudson square history-NYC-Untapped CitiesThe Butterick Building, built in 1903 for the sewing empire of Ebenezer Butterick. Image via gvshp.org

Manhattan’s Hudson Square neighborhood, bordered by areas like TriBeCa and the West Village, was gifted to Trinity Church by Queen Anne of England in 1705, and throughout the years, became known as the Printing District until as recently as the late 1990s for the abundance of publishers and printers that historically resided there. Today, its reputation still stands, albeit updated for the modern times as a center for media, design, advertising, and the arts.

In a recent attempt to revitalize the historical significance of the area, the Hudson Square Connection business improvement district is set to launch Hudson Square in 3D, a two-day exhibition of the neighborhood’s art, businesses, and culture. Attendees will be treated to demonstrations of 3D printed furniture and discussions led by design professionals in the area, but hopefully won’t forget to appreciate the history of the area that made it one of Manhattan’s art hubs and the buildings, now repurposed for design firms and furniture stores, that once housed pioneers of the printed word.


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Whether you’ve made the trek from New York City to the Hamptons and Montauk, to the North Fork wineries or perhaps to the Revolutionary War spy town of Setauket, you’ve likely either sat on a crowded Long Island Railroad train or been in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Long Island Expressway. A water alternative, The Sea Jitney (operated by Seastreak and Hampton Jitney), has just opened, bringing passengers from East 35th Street in Manhattan to Port Jefferson, from where you can either explore the historic area or board a Hampton Jitney that goes to Southampton, East Hampton, Sag Harbor and Calverton.

We recently took a ride to the ferry’s ribbon cutting ceremony and we realized the best part of the ride, in addition to be just under two hours, is what you get to see going in and out of Manhattan. One after another, “untapped” gems from abandoned islands to notable lighthouses passed into view. Here’s a preview of what you’ll see:


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June not only brings us an exciting crop of new outdoor art installations, but we still have several from our May list that will be up for another month or more.  Here are 17 installations that should not be missed this month:


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In 2014, Carnegie Hall completed an impressive (though initially controversial) renovation to the tune of $230 million. This transformation converted the beloved artist studios, home to the likes of Bill Cunningham, Marlon Brando and Leonard Bernstein, into education facilities for Carnegie Hall. Yesterday, we had the opportunity to take a tour of the new rooftop garden, studios and offices with the Design Trust for Public Space. Carnegie Hall director of administration, Richard Malenka, took us through the history of the famed music hall, imparting many secrets and other gems of information we never knew about before. Here are 10 forgotten facts about Carnegie Hall:



While Bushwick may be more known for its open air street art thanks to the work of the Bushwick Colletive, art galleries are also experiencing a renaissance, forming an integral part of the community in this Brooklyn neighborhood. Like the artists and their work, each space is unique in terms of its exhibits, programming, and overall experience. Here are three to check out during Bushwick Open Studios this weekend, which begins Friday June 5th.