04/21/14 4:00pm

1-CoalHouse-NorthBrotherIslandAbandoned buildings on North Brother Island. Source: Christopher Payne

Here’s what the Untapped staff is reading today:

New York City

04/21/14 12:00pm

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Monday April 21st

A contemporary take on King Lear, William Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy at The Barrow Group Mainstage Theatre by Shrunken Shakespeare Company. Instead of a kingdom, Lear is the CEO of a powerful corporation. The cast is made up of veterans of the Broadway stage and television. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.

Tuesday April 22nd

Adult toy store Babeland is celebrating Earth Day. For interested parties, you can head to the Babeland store on Bergen Street to collect a free adult toy that is Solar Powered and promises to provide something (in their words, not ours) “Earth-shattering.”

The Poets House is showcasing the first career retrospective of poet and painter George Schneeman. An icon in the NYC underground art movement, his work has been celebrated as witty and pleasurable.  (more…)

04/21/14 10:00am

Last fall, gawkers on 41st Street and Avenue of the Americas marveled as the lobby of 5 Bryant Park was converted into a street art exhibit. While the building continues to undergo construction, the street level floor features tall glass windows that display the work of four international artists:  Max Bode and Don Rimx from Brooklyn, Chor Boogie from San Francisco, and Polish artist Natalia Rak.


04/21/14 9:00am

Clever hats on this couple Clever, architectural hats at the Fifth Avenue Easter Parade

It started as an Easter Sunday Church Event in the middle of the 1800s, but the New York City Fifth Avenue Easter Parade has evolved to be one of the most glamorous and over-the-top events of the year. Fifth Avenue is closed to traffic from 47th Street to 57th Street and fashionistas, men & women of every age—and their pets—strut their stuff. As architecture buffs, we were on the lookout for the most unique (and sculptural) outfits!


04/20/14 11:00am

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This week we profile Untapped Cities intern Matt Nestor, who writes our vintage photos column and likes to cross-dress and write about it in his free time.

What’s your “day job”?

I do the downtown hustle, peddling everything from script edits to Airbnb rooms.

What’s your favorite Untapped spot in your city?

Everybody knows about Caffe Reggio on MacDougal street, but not everybody flirts with all the waitresses there as relentlessly as I do.

Favorite piece you’ve written for Untapped:
5 Beautiful New York Murder Scenes(more…)

04/19/14 11:00am

Here are our picks for the Best of the Untapped Cities Photo Pool: Water Water Everywhere. Remember, to have one of your photos entered in the running for a “Best Of” nod, just hastag your Instagram or Twitter urban exploration pictures #untappedcities. Keep an eye on what contributors and readers are checking out by browsing the live feed.

Looking across the East River by Dawn Waters (@dawnwaters30)

Untapped Cities Instagram pic of the week by dawnwaters30