Via Verde in the Bronx

We’re excited to not only serve as co-sponsor for the December 1st event “Designing Better Affordable Housing” at the Museum of the City of New York, but to also announce that the panelists will be taking crowdsourced questions right from Untapped Cities community that you can submit online in the next week. The panel will discuss how best to renovate and repurpose the existing buildings in New York City while bringing new sustainable development into the affordable housing market.


1-New York Botanical Garden Train Show Untapped Cities AFineLyneThe Enid A. Haupt Conservatory miniature created by Applied Imagination for the New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

Now in its 24th year, The New York Botanical Garden and Applied Imagination have filled the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory with the Holiday Train Show. The installation fills the space, with tracks and trains whistling around you at several levels. No matter where you’re standing, you will view treasured landmarks in a colorful garden setting.


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The new Amazon show, Man in the High Castle is (loosely) based on the 1962 book by Philip P. Dick that reimagines the United States if the Allied forces had lost World War II. The East Coast to the Rocky Mountains, known as the “Greater Nazi Reich,” is ruled by the Nazi regime. The Japanese Pacific States in the west is ruled by the Japanese, with a thin Neutral Zone in the center of the country serving as a buffer between the two. The show takes place across the country, with two home bases – New York City and San Francisco, and traces the lives of two main characters – Juliana Crain and Joe Blake, two characters from opposite sides of the country who meet in Canon City in the neural zone.

A lot of the show’s establishing shots are edited with CGI, put on top of familiar places, the city of Seattle serves as some stand-ins for both New York City and San Francisco, while the interiors are clearly filmed on sets. We’ll focus first on locations set in and near New York City, then move to San Francisco and other locations.


NYC MicroUnits-Apartment-Listings-Carmel Place-Kips Bay-My MicroNYMicrounits at Carmel Place in Kips Bay. Rendering via Monadnock Development.

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1-Linda Cunningham No Longer Empty Untapped Cities AFineLyne“Surviving Then and Now” South Bronx Sagas” by artist Linda Cunningham

The No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab (NLE Lab) is addressing one of New York’s hot topics – community change – with its current exhibit NLE Lab: Intersecting Imaginaries. The subject matter, shown in visual form, explores the culture and current environment of the South Bronx, and at the same time, draws parallels with current changes going on throughout New York City. The exhibit addresses what happens when community connections are broken, and the many issues that affect the people who live there via site-specific works by a collection of artists.


Monopoly Sidney Mobell Untapped Cities AFineLyne18 karat solid gold and jewel encrusted Monopoly set. Photo via National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institute

Need some extraordinary holiday shopping ideas? The exhibit “Worth Its Weight: Gold From The Ground Up just opened at The Museum of American Finance, showing the ways gold has influenced our everyday lives from the American Gold Rush days to the present, along with its more unexpected uses (like the 18 karat gold Monopoly set, above). Worth Its Weight showcases hundreds of objects from over forty public and private collections.