The New York Times has a video of what you’ll see when you take the elevators to the observatory atop One World Trade Center–and it’s pretty neat. An animated time lapse in all 5 elevators shows the development of the city’s skyline, from the 1500s to today from the perspective of your exact spot inside One World Trade Center. Immersive, floor to ceiling LED technology lines each elevator, and you’ll go from bedrock in the early 1500s to the natural shoreline of the early 1600s. But look closely, there seem to be some time errors in the 19th century.


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New York City is known for its dynamic street art. You’ve probably seen our monthly roundup of the best street art pieces in the city, but our readers are also actively photographing the subject as seen in this week’s collection below.

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.


The subject of the tallest building in the world has always been ripe with architectural controversy. From the last minute spire of the Chrysler Building to the “vanity height” used to game the system. There’s an organization, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), that comments and ranks buildings but the Skyscraper Museum has come out with its own list which include buildings that have topped out but may not yet be open. The CTBUH waits for a building to be officially open.


A Trip To Baker's Row - Untapped CitiesBelmont, a neighborhood in The Bronx, is home to a number of Italian-owned family business including a number of bakeries located on East 187th Street.

If you’re in The Bronx, take a trip to the neighborhood of Belmont. Known to many residents as “The Little Italy of The Bronx,”the neighborhood is teeming with thriving Italian family owned businesses that date back to the early years of the 20th century. Some of the businesses located in Little Italy include delis, butchers, pizzerias, restaurants, and a retail market.

If you take a walk down East 187th Street, you will find a myriad of bakeries detailed in our guide below. In some regards, East 187th Street could be considered as the neighborhood’s “Baker’s Row.”


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There comes a time where we must all pick a side: Knicks or Nets, Marvel or DC, Jacob or Edward. A unique exhibit inside a Williamsburg apartment is asking us a similar question, one that hasn’t been asked in over 20 years: are you a Tonya or a Nancy?

The Tonya Harding & Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum is the brainchild of two Brooklyn comedians, Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen. The duo came up with the idea of transforming their long entrance hallway into a museum exhibit after viewing the ESPN 30 For 30 documentary The Price of Gold. The documentary tells the history of one of the most bizarre rivalries in sports history. The two rivals were Olympic pro skaters Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, arguably the worlds best figure skaters at the time. The two shared a common passion, but little else. Tonya came from a broken home and grew up in poverty; Nancy seemed to have the perfect life and was seemingly everyone’s ideal of an Olympic athlete. The two competed head to head in numerous tournaments around the country, however, their rivalry would take a dark turn on On January 4th, 1994.  (more…)

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Waving severed limbs at children. Graverobbing. Fleeing angry rioters. The medical profession has definitely come a long way since April 16, 1788, when a mob of New Yorkers, some literally armed with pitchforks, came looking for doctors who had been digging up the dead to teach medical students with their cadavers.

Using the deceased to teach medicine was hardly limited to New York City, nor was it even news there. A few months earlier, black residents had complained of Columbia College (then downtown) and other private medical schools (which were then a few sessions long, rather than four years) using fresh graves from the African Burial Ground, but their pleas went unheeded. The African Burial Ground, on Duane and Elk Streets, near today’s courthouses, was then just north of the city limits, and despite being used to bury more than 15,000 people, was forgotten until an accidental excavation in the early 1990s.