04/10/14 2:00pm

NYPD officers and conductor with commuters on City Hall platformTurn of the century New York police officers in the old City Hall Subway Station

It’s getting nicer out, so the thought might cross your mind to grab an ice cream cone on a lazy Sunday. If your hands are full, don’t even think about putting that cone in your pocket, or you may be committing a crime. In NYC, it is illegal to transport an ice cream cone in a pocket, specifically on Sunday.

Today we’re looking at strange and crazy laws such as this one. Find out what other laws you may be breaking with this list of 10 of the strangest New York state laws. (more…)

04/10/14 12:00pm

Month of Scorsese-Martin Scorsese-Taxi Driver-Robert De Niro-Untapped Cities-Film Locations-NYCRobert De Niro and Martin Scorsese filming Taxi Driver (Photo via The Hollywood Reporter)

This is our second installment in our month long look back at the NYC films of Martin Scorsese. This week, we look into the locations for one Marty’s masterpieces: the depressing and violent crime film Taxi Driver. Winner of the coveted Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1976 and nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. This film was somewhat responsible for the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. After viewing the film, John Hinckley Jr began fantasizing about killing Reagan to impress Jodie Foster. Hopefully none of you try anything so drastic as we go through 10 NYC locations used in Scorsese’s classic.


04/10/14 10:00am

Andy Warhol-Queens Museum-Queens-Corona Park-Untapped Cities-Art-Flushing Meadows-001Andy Warhol: Most Wanted Man No. 2, John Victor G. (Photo via Queens Museum)

This guy sure as hell is not as pretty as Marilyn Monroe. In 1964, the man pictured above, along with twelve other unfortunate souls who happened to be at the end of an NYPD mugshot camera, became the inspiration for an installation by a then up and coming artist named Andy Warhol.

Fifty years ago, before he became one of the world’s most influential and polarizing artists, Warhol sparked a small controversy during the construction of the 1964 NYC World’s Fair. On the exterior of the New York State Pavilion in Queens, Warhol installed enlarged mugshots of the man pictured above and twelve others; all taken from an NYPD booklet, featuring the most wanted criminals of 1962. The piece, titled 13 Most Wanted Men was put on display in April of 1964. While it was one of the many art displays commissioned for the fair, it was deemed offensive and was covered up with sliver paint before the fair opened. (more…)

04/10/14 9:00am

queens10Photo via Highway Host

Who would have guessed that the largest roadside restaurant in the United States was once right here in New York City? According to Highway Host, Howard Johnson’s Rego Park, Queens location was the largest Roadside restaurant in the U.S. when it was built in 1939. And believe it or not, it was quite luxurious!  (more…)

04/09/14 2:00pm

foragedchickweed_avachin_untappedcitiesChickweed, edible to some, pesky weed to others. Photo by mystuart/Flickr.

If you judged it by its name, you might think the Food Book Fair is all about books. But actually the Third Annual Food Book Fair, coming to Williamsburg  April 25-27 brings together authors, magazine and book editors, filmmakers, designers, artists and people like us: food enthusiasts.

Untapped Cities sat down and talked to native New Yorker Ava Chin, one of the authors competing in an event at the Food Book Fair, the Food Book Slam, to hear more about her hobby, foraging, her new memoir, “Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal,” and, perhaps most important of all, how she is training for the competition.


04/09/14 10:00am

3-Steinway Street IIISteinway Street in Astoria, Queens

The history of Steinway Street, running through Astoria, Queens, is deeply intertwined with the history of the piano maker Steinway and Sons. The street is also a central part of what is historically known as Steinway Village. Today, Steinway Street is a major shopping street with a vast array of stores. A stretch is also home to a micro-neighborhood dubbed Little Egypt.