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Gowanus_Wild_Egret_untappedcities_annabrownImage by Miska Draskoczy

Gowanus is a neighborhood of inconsistencies: its booming real estate market makes it the next hot destination in Brooklyn, while its polluted canal could give a person ecoli, dysentery, and cancer. Upscale restaurants and art galleries are popping up on its streets, yet two blocks away one finds garbage piled up against corrugated tin walls, demarcating a warehouse or a car yard, or maybe the next big housing development.

Miska Draskoczy revels in the area’s contradictions in his photography series “Gowanus Wild.” His photos, taken over the course of two years, try to find the beauty in what many consider to be an industrial wasteland. Draskoczy writes:

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Working by our magnetic wall of photos from the 1800s…

It’s amazing to us that we’re about to welcome our 9th internship class here at Untapped Cities. Our interns get to do it all, writing published articles from day one, managing their own columns, exploring the city, and covering events.  As an Untapped Cities intern, you can learn how a web magazine really works, pitch your own ideas, have an article published within your first week, and, of course, re-discover the city you love.  If you go to school in New York City or if you’re just looking for journalism experience, we’re currently accepting applications to join our Spring 2015 class of interns in New York City. Read on for job descriptions.

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Artist and scientist Stephen Von Worley made these incredible “day glo” maps of a handful of the world’s major cities ostensibly to understand in his own words, “what other treasures I had missed.” The result from a data visualization standpoint is to give us an idea of how gridded a city is. A basic rundown of how these beautiful maps work: the roads that are oriented in the same direction have the same color. The thicker the lines, the more “grid-like” the area is.

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horse-carriage-nyc-untappedImage via Library of Congress

After noticing how many “fake” mews there are around New York, we decided to look into actual mews that have been preserved from the 19th century. Before the automobile, when the only way to get around was on a horse or being draw by one in a carriage, horses inhabited the city and actually played a huge role in its functioning. These valuable horses needed stables where they could rest and be cared for, so owners bought land and built rows of stables and carriage houses–also known as mews.

When the automobile took over and the mews were no longer needed many of these rows were destroyed, but thankfully some were converted for residential or commercial purposes. Converted mews and carriage houses that have been carefully preserved give us a glimpse into the past; a New York lost to the modern age. Here we share 9 of NYC’s remaining mews.

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Revolution Books-Chelsea-NYCImage via Flickr by Erin M

“If you find the current state of the world intolerable … if you yearn for a better future
. . . Revolution Books is the place for you.” – Revolution Books

Revolution Books is a little-known Manhattan bookstore on W. 26th Street that carries books on revolutionary thought ranging from science, to culture, to political morality and beyond. The store is beautifully curated and feels really welcoming. Assuming that people are looking for books on strong controversial ideas, the space feels safe and the staff is careful to let their customers know that it’s a “no judgement zone.” Revolution Books is a space for minds to gather and discuss ways to change what is wrong with the world.

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