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Nestled in the heart of midtown, the Daily News Building was once the center of the news world, housing newspapers as well as TV and radio stations. Named for it’s main tenant, at the time of completion, The Daily News had the largest circulation of any newspaper in America.

After successfully designing the Chicago Tribune Building, Raymond Hood focused his efforts on changing the skyline of Manhattan. First designing the American Radiator Building near Bryant Park, then daringly agreeing to design a building east of the Third Avenue El. At the time few people wanted to develop anything in that area, but The Daily News required a place to run their noisy presses. In 1930, the 37-story building was completed. Raymond Hood was also the chief designer for Rockefeller Center a few years later, in 1933.


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The phenomenon of craft beer continues to sweep NYC, as more and more local breweries release bolder, richer, and more flavorful brews. Beer has become more than just a part of a meal, and drinkers have shown an increasing interest in who is making their brews and how. Breweries have become the houses of entertainment in ways similar to the bars they have distributed their products to, attracting people from all around. To help you with your brewery hop, we’re listing 12 of the craft breweries in New York City (with help from our readers!), with the hopes that you’ll be smart enough to take the subway or walk between them when hopping from one to the other. Special thanks to beer connoisseurs and Untapped readers Conrad Lumm and Mike Miles for assisting with this piece.

1. Finback Brewery


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Street art murals are not too common in Inwood, at the northern tip of Manhattan. There is plenty of graffiti, some made by artists who have been painting graff since the 70s. However, street artists have not made it up to the 200s, leaving street art fans and photographers to travel all the way down to SoHo or insert hip Brooklyn neighborhood here to catch street art. However, thanks to the partnership between street artist Damien Mitchell and the WAT-AHH! water brand, the Upper Manhattan neighborhood now has one of the largest and most striking murals in NYC.

WAT-AHH!‘s Taking Back The Streets Campaign aims to bring street art to certain neighborhoods around the country while also promoting healthy drinking for children–a less frightening version of the PSAs you see in the subway. The Campaign has given prominent NYC street artists like Icy & Sot, Fumero, Pose and others opportunities to paint large murals around the country for a good cause. This mural, the company’s second mural in NYC is their largest by far and took street artist Damien Mitchell ten full days to complete. (more…)

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After two years in rather epic locations in Manhattan–Bryant Park and Lincoln Center, the pop-up Dîner en Blanc returned to the New York City waterfront last night at Nelson A. Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City, not too far from the World Financial Center where the dinner launched in 2011.


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One of the greatest assets of being a New Yorker is our overabundance of beautiful waterfronts. Whether its the East River Waterfront or other lesser-known spots such as Hunter’s Point South or Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg, there are few better or cheaper ways to enjoy an afternoon in the Big Apple. If you’re looking to do something a little out of the ordinary for your next waterfront visit, consider one of these quirky waterfront activities. You’ll thank us later.

1.  Hudson River’s Floating Library

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The floating library hasn’t opened just yet on the Lilac Museum Steamship, but this may soon become one of the most remarkable of the Hudson River waterfront activities. The floating library will be open from September 6th through October 3rd and will not only feature, you guessed it, a library, but it will also feature such things as rountable discussions and listening rooms. Did we mention that there will be rope swings?

2. Circumnavigate Manhattan Overnight with North Brooklyn Boating Club


North Brooklyn Boating Club, who are similarly dedicated to providing free access to New York City’s water, offer a unique annual event allowing New Yorkers to take an overnight rund trip around the entire borough of Manhattan.  Untapped Cities was able to participate in the first circumnavigation, which you can check out here. All you need to take part in this amazing opportunity is a membership to the club and a willingness to tough it out from 10 at night to 8 the next morning.

3. The Frying Pan at Pier 66

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Pier 66 on west 26th Street is home to many great activities that are as scenic as they are edible. Along with a spectacular view of the Hudson River, visitors of Pier 66 can also check out the historic ship Frying Pan, which also happens to be parked right next to the Maritime Bar & Grill. Frying Pan was a  United States lightship built in 1929 that’s now permanently docked and open to the public during the Bar & Grill’s hours of operation. The Bar & Grill itself is built floating railroad barge alongside the Frying Pan and John J. Harvey Fireboat.

4. The Tug Pegasus & Waterfront Museum Barge

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Speaking of floating riverside attractions, the Tug Pegasus and Waterfront Museum Barge also gives New Yorkers another way to enjoy the Hudson waterfront. This barge is parked at Pier 25 and is probably the last remaining all-wooden Hudson River railroad barge still afloat. It now gives the visitors the opportunity to learn about the history of the waterfront along with it’s unique performance space.

5. Ghosts of the Titanic Tour with Boroughs of the Dead

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Brought to you by Boroughs of the Dead,this walking tour leads you from the Greenwich Village all the way to the Hudson River, stopping off at many little-known historical landmarks to reveal the stories behind many of the spectral remnants of the Titanic disaster.  Ghosts leftover from the Titanic are believed to exist everywhere from the West Village Hotel to the rescue ship Carpathia, not to mention deadly premonitions 14 years before the titanic had even set sail.

6. Jet Ski Tour of Mannhattan

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Here’s yet another chance for New Yorkers to explore the island of Manhattan from the outside through a little known operation called Rockaway Jet Skis. Beginning in the Rockaways in Queens, expert Jet Ski guides lead on a tour of the city that can take anywhere from one hour to several days. If the waters cooperate, you can do a 4 hour tour and circumnavigate Manhattan. Other areas that people are open to explore through Rockaway Jet Skis include Jamaica Bay, City Island, and Jones Beach. Read about how Rockaway Jet Skis is a part of Hurricane Sandy recovery in the Rockaways.

7. The Staten Island Boat Graveyard

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Unknown even by many native New Yorkers, the Staten Island Boat Graveyard is one of the most fascinating and recommended activities on our list.  It is located in Rossville, Staten Island near the Fresh Kills landfill and is unknown even to many New York natives. This enormously fascinating assortment of rusted old ships and dilapidated cabins from the earlier part of the century cannot be accessed by any official tours though, so if you are planning on visiting the graveyard, go at your own risk. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to check out our visit to the graveyard a few years back.

8. Free Kayaking at the Downtown Boathouse

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Perhaps the best part about enjoying New York’s waterfronts is the fact that it’s free, and nothing beats free. The Downtown Boathouse‘s free kayaking is a classic activity that we would be remiss to include on this list. The Downtown Boathouse can be found at either Pier 26, Governor’s Island, or Pier 96 & 72nd Street. This organization is run by a group of volunteers dedicated to providing free access to the Hudson River by providing free kayaking from the month of May to October. Their services are available from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays as well as weekdays from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Yearly membership available in addition to free lessons and trips.

For even more waterfront fun, check out the Other Islands of New York City City Island, a magical getaway in the Bronx, and this roundup of the other bridges of NYC. Get in touch with the author @DouglasCapraro