Brooklyn-Gowanus-Smith-9th-St-Bridge-Kentile-Floors-Art-Vanderbilt-Republic-Untapped Cities-Nasha Virata The Smith-9th Street Bridge as “Spectrum II” from George Del Barrio, Vanderbilt Republic

From tonight until January 23rd, the Smith-9th Street bridge transforms from its typical concrete structure to a background of colorful pattern. A half-mile wide and 90-feet tall “photographic monument” drenches the bridge as George Del Barrio, of creative agency Vanderbilt Republic, and San Francisco-based Colin Bowring, “Spectrum II” project a beam of lights on the concrete bridge.


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Starting this week, thanks to Untapped Cities reader feedback, the weekly events column will now publish on Fridays for the upcoming week to help you pick out some of the most exciting events for the next week. This week, check out events celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr., the return of the Idiotarod, and many great NYC-oriented events.

Monday, January 19th

At the Apollo Theater with WNYC at 3pm, “Hear Our Voices, Count Our Votes: MLK’s March Continues,” Brian Lehrer of WNYC and Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC co-host this event with Congressman Charles Rangel, Dante Berry, the deputy director of Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, urban revitalization strategist Majora Carter, author Daryl Pinckney. RSVP closed but there will be a standby line in person.


Winter has finally arrived in full force, bringing with it great photo opportunities! Hashtag #UntappedCities on Instagram and Twitter if you would like to have one of your photos entered in the running for our weekly “Best Of”column. Also, you can keep an eye on what contributors and readers are checking out by browsing the live feed.

The Frozen Bryant Park Fountain by fawn_nyc!

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Martin Luther King Jr, Coretta Scott King, Mayor Wagner NYC Untapped CitiesMayor Robert F. Wagner shakes hands with Coretta Scott King. Photo via the Library of Congress

Coretta Scott King called MLK Day “a people’s holiday,” but it’s hard to resist honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who had some of his most important moments here in New York City.  Below we’ve summarized King’s relationship to New York in 10 vignettes.

1. Blumstein’s Department Store (1958)


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On February 4th, longtime Untapped Cities columnist Will Ellis will be giving a talk for our events series about his new book Abandoned NYC at the East Village speakeasy The Red Room. There are just few tickets (free) left to this talk and in preparation we’ve asked Will to share with us his multi-year experience putting together this book.

Untapped: How did you first get into abandoned photography?


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A few times a year, New Yorkers may come across a dinner party inside a dumpster. While at first glance, it may seem like yet another “hipster” pop-up, the Salvage Supperclub is far from that. It’s a dinner series with a mission: to change the way people see food waste. Using expired and imperfect foods donated from local farms, restaurants and food co-ops, a gourmet multi-course meal is created by a chef and the proceeds are donated to food-related non-profits like City Harvest and Culinary Corps. The next dinner is tomorrow, but since it’s winter it won’t be on the street in a dumpster. Instead, the dinner is taking place at Ascent Contemporary Projects, a gallery in Tribeca. There will also be a panel discussion. Tickets for the event are here and there are just three left.