Peter Stuyvesant-New Amsterdam-Fall-1664-NYCImage via Library of Congress

By the early 1640s, New Amsterdam had found its identity as a cosmopolitan trade capital, but it was almost wiped out after launching a foolhardy war against neighboring Algonquin tribes. On February 25, 1643, Governor-Director Willem Kieft led a raiding party against a helpless groups of Lenape Algonquins seeking refuge from rival Iroquois invaders. The mass killing was called the “Pavonia massacre,” and it prompted a full-scale retaliation from surrounding Algonquin tribes that utterly decimated the fledging new colony.


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Untapped Cities is excited to announce the Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to provide special access to some of the city’s most exciting development projects. Over the next six months, a monthly tour will bring Untapped Cities readers and New Yorkers to projects such as the newly renovated Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, raw spaces at the Brooklyn Army Terminal untouched for 40 years, the Hunts Point Produce Market, the Harlem Corn Exchange Building, and Staten Island’s North Shore.

The tours will be led by NYCEDC experts who have spearheaded the redevelopments, as well as the community partners for the projects, offering insider insight into the past, present and future of these sites.


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This winter, with New York City’s Hudson and East Rivers particularly frozen (and sometimes trapping the ferries), New Yorkers are getting a first-hand glimpse at, well, nature. In-the-know New Yorkers like to point out that the East River is not actually a river, but is an estuary, meaning that waters come in from multiple sources, including salt water from the sea. On February 17th, the East River Ferry published an explanation, sharing how the tidal patterns cause unpredictable ice flows writing, “the tide changes multiple times per day, enabling ice to enter from different major bodies of water, making it nearly impossible to predict what it’s going to do, or where it’s going to be.” But what about the Hudson River?


Times Square Porn ShopsImage via nyclovesnyc

As we explored two weeks ago, the battle for Times Square was long and messy. On February 24, 1998, the Giuliani administration won a major legal battle when the New York Court of Appeals ruled that the City had legally re-zoned Times Square, a seeming death knell for the local adult entertainment industry.

One of the initiatives Rudy Giuliani is most known for is turning Times Square, a neighborhood that was awash in porn shops, strip clubs, and thinly disguised brothels, into a Disneyfied tourist destination. In 1995, the New York City Council amended the City’s Zoning Resolution, banning “adult” entertainment and businesses in certain commercial districts.


Here’s what the Untapped staff is reading in the HQ today:

NYC Shortest Streets MapMap via Curbed

Last year, we revealed what were the shortest streets in Manhattan and now Curbed NY has mapped the shortest streets in New York City! It doesn’t get any better than Fun Maps and superlatives. Many streets we’ve included in our list of NYC’s one-block streets like Gay Street, Renwick Street and Hunts Lane. There’s the really difficult to get into Pomander Walk (our photos of the inside here). And the very shortest, Edgar Street (and the close runner up, Mill Lane which has no addresses on it).