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

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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.

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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.

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04/09/14 9:00am

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The long vacant New York State Pavilion at Flushing Meadows Corona Park will be open to the public briefly on April 22nd, the actual date of the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 World’s Fair. In anticipation, the Facebook page People for the New York State Pavilion has been busier than ever. We came across these great before/after photographs by Robert Fein, a member of the page and student at Queensborough Community College. Taken in gloomy weather, the then and now images particularly highlight the state of deterioration at the site.

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04/08/14 3:00pm

Storefront the Disappearing Face of New York NYC Untapped CitiesE 14th Street & Union Square West via 22 Words

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