Before the spring arrives (which we are all anticipating), there are still a few fun activities to enjoy while we wait. Namely, drinking plenty of tasty hot chocolate! So to get you through these last few weeks of winter, we’ve compiled a carefully curated list of the best hot cocoas to check out in the city. We had such a tough time “researching” for this, but hey, someone had to do it.
Owner Max Brenner got his start in Israel with his 10 retail shops that quickly grew into a chocolate empire and his Union Square establishment in 2006. Wanting his customers to experience his chocolate using all five senses, Max masked his restaurants in bright colors, menu items like Mexican spicy hot chocolate, chocolate chunk pizza and waffle fries dusted with chili and cocoa powder. (more…)
Did you know that each of the NYC boroughs has its own borough flag? In most cases they’re visually derived from the New York City flag, which also has it’s own flag as a whole. This flag, pictured above, comes from the Prince’s flag of the Dutch Republic, when New Amsterdam was first settled on Manhattan Island. Here is a look at the flags of each borough, their design features, and history. (more…)
New York City is still a hotspot for guerrilla street art, even though we lost 5 Pointz and Banksy left. Around the City you may have noticed a few instances of new and original street art, so we thought it best to round up a few of them you might not have heard about. Here are five new street art projects in NYC that you might have missed:
This interesting and whimsical project by NYC designer Yoonjin Lee uses small cardboard signs to give lost and discarded items a voice in her Little Lost Project. The artists explained to My Modern Met, “How about losing your favorite lip balm that you always keep in your pocket? It is definitely annoying but you can easily buy a new one. Ever wonder where and what these little objects are doing now?” (more…)
Tomorrow night, Cotton Candy Machine, an art boutique in Williamsburg run by Sean Leonard and artist Tara McPherson, hosts an opening of oil paintings by their first artist in residence, Amar Stewart. The Brooklyn-based artist, originally from London, England, has had his work shown before in NYC and in other major cities like LA, Hong Kong and Melbourne.
The theme of his latest collection of oil painting takes inspiration from Dutch Golden Age painter Frans Hal and Hip Hop culture, with most of his paintings featuring legendary NYC MC’s along with ones who have made their mark on the culture over the past few years. (more…)
Here are our picks for the Best of the Untapped Cities Photo Pool: Modes of Transportation. Remember, to have one of your photos entered in the running for a “Best Of” nod, just hastag your Instagram or Twitter urban exploration pictures #untappedcities. Keep an eye on what contributors and readers are checking out by browsing the live feed.