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Birdman, the 2015 Best Picture Academy Award winner was shot in New York City, telling the story of a washed up superhero actor played by Michael Keaton, looking to make his comeback in a play he has written, directed and starred in based on Raymond Carver’s short story, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.” Throughout the film, he is haunted by the voice of Birdman, the superhero that made him famous. Though the film appears to be one single long, tracking shot, director Alejandro González Iñárritu and cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki cleverly and skillfully wove together long filming segments, the longest at 15 minutes, most around 10 minutes. Here are the locations used in the film, all around New York City’s Theater District and Times Square:


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TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport, an America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places success story

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is accepting nominations for its annual list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places until March 2nd. The list has been an annual initiative for nearly 30 years now, shining a spotlight on threatened historic places and galvanizing local support for their preservation. Since the list began in 1988, just three percent of featured sites have been lost. In New York City, the TWA Flight Center was highlighted as one of the 24 most inspiring preservation stories in the 24 years of the 11 Most Endangered list. Last year’s list included The Palisades in New Jersey, while familiar spots in New York City like the abandoned Ellis Island hospitals, Governors Island, the demolished Worldport Terminal at JFK Airport, the home of John Coltrane, and more have appeared on the list before.


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Last week, Untapped Cities reader @nationsofnations tweeted at us, asking us if we had a story about the “replica bridge on top of buildings in brooklyn.”

A photo she took from a car gave us the clue we needed: rather than a replica bridge, they’re the WWII radio towers once used by the Navy, specifically the Third Naval District US Naval Communication Center Headquarters. They sit atop the 1940s-era building, 25 Washington Avenue, in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and part of Steiner Studios.


Seems like the snow is never ending here in New York City, so we dedicated this week’s Instagram theme to snow. Stay warm while taking awesome pictures, readers! 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.

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Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, later known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. Malcolm X’s career was inextricably bound to New York City, the place that brought him fame and saw his demise on February 21, 1965. Here are 7 key spots in NYC that lead up to his assassination.