07/28/14 2:00pm

Car accident on Park Avenue viaduct 1940s Round Up of Architectural Accidents Vintage NYC Photography Untapped Cities Sabrina RomanoCar Accident on Park Avenue viaduct, 1940s. Image via Facebook by Hiromi Bruni.

Technology has a bad habit of developing faster than humans do. When people aren’t up to speed about construction, some crazy accidents tend to occur… Who knew it was possible for a car to awkwardly balance itself on the edge of a viaduct while avoiding crashing into the ground below? Can you believe that the Empire State Building is still standing even after a bomber rammed into it creating a 20 foot hole in the middle of the building? Check out the vintage photos which reveal sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.

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07/16/14 10:30am

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Relied on by everyone and utilized on a daily basis, transit systems form the critical backbone for urban life. One would assume that most networks feature user friendly interfaces and streamlined routing, though this isn’t always the case. Below, we try to clarify some of the colloquial nuances of the world’s most well-known networks. Just remember: Subways are like Band-Aids.

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07/09/14 12:00pm

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While she may become more known for her life as a movie star soon, Charlotte Le Bon is an artist at heart, or should we say head? The name Charlotte Le Bon may not mean anything to Americans now, but in a few years time, she may be gracing every magazine cover and feature film poster from NYC to Paris. This French-Canadian former model is also a talented illustrator, photographer, comedian and actress, is gearing up to become one of the biggest stars on the international stage.

In the coming years she is set to star alongside Academy Award winner Helen Mirren, in the Steven Spielberg-produced The Hundred Foot Journey. She is also in this year’s biopic of French fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent and in the Robert Zemekis biopic of French high-wire artist Phillipe Petit, who famously walked between the Twin Towers.  She is not just adding major features to her resume, for the U.S art-house audience will be able to see Ms. Le Bon in Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo later this year.

It is astounding that this woman of many talents, even has the time to come up with and execute something like the Heart-Headed Project, a self-funded street art project.

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06/12/14 4:30pm

Diner en Blanc Paris-2014-Invalides-Pont Alexander IIIPhoto by Fabrice Malard via Dîner en Blanc de Paris

The banks of the Seine in Paris are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites in themselves and this year, the river was front and center at the 2014 Paris Dîner en Blanc, which took place on the bridges Paris and at the Invalides. After last year’s event simultaneously at Trocadero and the Louvre, once again people wondered how the event could outdo itself for a 26th year in a row.

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06/03/14 1:00pm

JR-Inside Out Project-The Pantheon-ParisImage via JR on Facebook

By now, we’re used to seeing large scale JR installations in public places like Times Square and Lincoln Center’s NYC Ballet. Or maybe you’ve caught pieces in smaller, unexpected spots like the Elizabeth Street Garden or seen his work in Rio de Janeiro from afar. And while his Inside Out Project, spurred by his 2011 Ted Prize win may now be bordering on ubiquitous, it still has the power to amaze depending on location. Today, JR has unveiled his latest at the Pantheon in Paris. The stunning building, which looks like this normally, has been taken over by photographs he received from all around the world.

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05/29/14 1:42pm

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We are saddened to announce the recent passing of Untapped Cities illustrator, cartoonist and beloved friend David Cessac. He was 39 years old. David, who lived in Paris, always made us laugh with the witty illustrations and commentary he created for his Untapped Cities column, A Few Parisians. In his first interview with Untapped, David said, “What I like about this series is that it’s a new way to reinvent, or reappropriate, the city of Paris. It was the first idea I had.”  (more…)