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Jeffrey Gamblero-Untapped Cities-NYC-Brooklyn-ArtThe Brooklyn Nets (Photo via Facebook)

Before they hit the court to take on the Miami Heat, the Brooklyn Nets (who took part in a major political statement last week) decided to make a pay respects to a fallen fan last night at Barclays Center. Along with a video tribute, every member of the Nets wore a shirt with the name ‘Gamberlo’ and the number 44 on the back. This was in tribute to fallen fan Jefferey Vanchiro a.k.a Jeffrey ‘Korn’ Gamblero. The graffiti artist and former professional poker player sadly passed away last weekend, setting shockwaves through the NYC art scene.

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Burried deep inside the Ramble, a perfect spot for the tree memorializing beloved pets

Burried deep inside the Ramble, a perfect spot for the tree memorializing beloved pets

For all of us who have ever had and lost a pet, we know how big a place in our hearts they continue to occupy long after they’re gone. Last year we heard a rumor that there was a place deep within Central Park where people who lost their pets gathered to hang mementos on a tree. We could only find one article written on it, and no where could we find a hint of where in the park the tree might be. But at Untapped Cities, we do love a sleuthing challenge, so we set out to find it. It was no easy task but find it we did. This year, we heard that the ornaments started going up last week and set out to find it again this year.

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Sweet Toof-Pandemic Gallery-Untapped Cities-Art-Street Art-Brooklyn-NYCSweet Toof

The Pandemic Gallery in Brooklyn presented the opening of UK street artist Sweet Toof’s second NYC solo show Derailed this past weekend. If you happen to journey around Bushwick or look out the windows of an elevated J Train; you would be hard pressed not to notice the bright pink gums, with bright white teeth, on Brooklyn’s streets and rooftops. Sweet Toof’s colorful cartoon iconography filled the large gallery, with a colossal mixture of works that included oil paintings, graffiti murals, sculpture and performance art.

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Lois Lane-Staten Island-Hilton Garden Inn-Kiddie Academy of Staten Island-Street View-NYC-2Lois Lane, via Google Maps

There’s no Clark Kent nearby, but there is a Lois Lane in New York City. That is, there’s a lane named Lois, on Staten Island. In 2005, the New York Times dug into this fun occurrence, uncovering that it was named by developer Richard Nicotra for his wife, Lois. As Nicotra recounts, “My wife is named Lois, and I own the street, and I am no Superman, but she is my Lois Lane.” He renamed the street in about 2005, after purchasing the land in Bloomfield which as formerly a horse farm. Today, there’s a Hilton Garden Inn, the offices of Nicotra’s company, The Nicotra Group, a Pearson VUE location and the Kiddie Academy of Staten Island along this road. No office for The Daily Planet in sight, however.

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New York City’s prison population is the lowest it has been in 10 years–10,923 inmates as of September 2014. But still, an ongoing question for the NYC Department of Corrections is where to house the inmates in a city as dense as New York. It might be surprising to some that the city’s prisons are generally, right among us–some look just like the apartment buildings next door except for some barbed wire windows. Prisons used to be organized along district lines, particularly before the 1898 consolidation of the five boroughs. They were attached to or near the courts and were little more than holding cells.

Here below are 15 of NYC’s former prisons, many which are still standing:

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