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Jefferson Market Library Interior-Greenwich Village-19

The landmarked Jefferson Market Library that sits between Sixth Avenue, Greenwich Avenue and Tenth Street had a fascinating prior life. The building was formerly a courthouse, with a prison next door where the garden is today, itself replacing a dingy police court over a saloon and a wooden fire tower. In 1967, just under a decade after being saved from demolition through community efforts and years of renovation, the building was reopened as a New York Public Library branch.

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190 Bowery-First Show Last Show-Art Exhibit-Vito Schnabel-NYCFIRST SHOW / LAST SHOW at 190 Bowery. Photo via artnet

A few days after the epic announcement that the elusive 190 Bowery would open for the art show FIRST SHOW / LAST SHOW, the opening was abruptly cancelled (presumably to keep out the crowds, which showed up anyway, but others believe it was all to drum up hype). Nonetheless, the show was accommodating visitors by appointment and artnet snuck some photos inside the exhibition during the first weekend.

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The TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) carries 525 million people a year and 1.6 million people on a typical weekday, meaning that more than half of Toronto’s 2.8 million people use public transit to navigate the city during the week. Contrast that to the 1.75 billion passengers served per year in New York City and you get the picture, but Toronto Transit Commission subway stops have a rich history and incorporate elements from several periods of design. Today we’ll be looking at the unique design of the system’s stations, similar to what we did with New York City and Montreal.

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Fear City - Boston 1993 Cover and back pagesFear City, Boston Version from 1993. Scan courtesy of John Landers, of Brooklyn NY

Untapped Cities readers may remember the 1975 anti-tourist pamphlet released by the New York City Council for Public Safety, the cover emblazoned with a scary skull and the bold capital words: WELCOME TO FEAR CITY. This was the New York City of a different era, and the pamphlet was part of a Council scare tactic to keep tourists away–all in retaliation for a slew of layoffs that shrunk the city’s police force and other public agencies. Yesterday, Untapped Cities reader John Landers from Brooklyn, NY shared with us scans of the much lesser-known Boston version, from 1993, which he has a copy of, which was timed with the Boston Centennial.

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Rockefeller University's Beaux Arts campus welcomed Dan Kiley's modernist vision.

Rockefeller University’s Beaux Arts campus welcomed Dan Kiley’s modernist vision.

Dan Kiley is the most eminent landscape architect you’ve never heard of—a “seminal landscape architect,” said the New York Times in its 2004 obituary, “who combined modernist functionalism with classical design principles in more than 1,000 projects.”

Or, as the Los-Angeles based architect Harry Wolf once commented, “There are plenty of good landscape architects. But there’s only one Dan Kiley, as there was only one Le Nôtre.”

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It’s the week before Memorial Day, and an eclectic mix of events from supper clubs to new exhibits, to a Wikipedia edit-a-thon at the Guggenheim lead up to the re-opening of NYC’s public beaches.

Monday, May 18th

Award-winning community shared agriculture program, Local Roots NYC will be hosting its bi-monthly farm to table supper club. Monday’s dinner features the owner of Boerum Apparel, a sustainable clothing line that emphasizes on creating a transparent supply chain. The farm-to-table menu will feature a 3-course meal inspired by seasonal items, only $20. Two seatings, 6:30 and 8:30pm. Tickets here.

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