07/18/14 10:00am

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We here at Untapped Cities are always interested in uncovering the unseen, unnoticed, or misunderstood aspects of urban life. We were super excited to speak with Morbid Anatomy Museum founder Joanna Ebenstein. Along with a community of “rogue scholars”, Ebenstein is dedicated to harboring some of the weirdest and most obscure artifacts in the world. We got a chance to chat with her about the roots of her unorthodox museum, which just opened two weeks ago in Gowanus, and its newest exhibit, The Art of Mourning.


07/18/14 9:00am

Bar Subway Map-Thrillist-NYCImage via Thrillist

You may remember the map that called out the best coffee shops near each subway station in ManhattanQueens and Brooklyn. Well, Thrillist has just done the same thing but for bars! With this creative take on the traditional subway map, it’s easy to find any local drinking hole near subway stations around Manhattan . Broken down further by subway line for clear viewing, here are their callouts:


07/17/14 4:00pm

Here’s what the Untapped staff is reading in the HQ today!

07/17/14 2:00pm

7f06f780a58fd723888b9d2253f0e855Chuck Jones Exhibit Promotional Art (Image via Museum of The Moving Image)

This Saturday, make sure you take that left turn at Albuquerque and head to Astoria’s Museum of The Moving Image for their newest exhibit on the life, and art of Chuck Jones. The exhibit, which runs until January 19th, 2015, is a partnership between the MOMI, The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences and The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. NYC has the honor of being the first of fourteen cities to host the exhibition.

Born Charles Martin Jones, the artist and animation director is behind some of the most iconic animated short films in the medium’s history. From his time in “Termite Terrace” to bringing Dr. Seuss’s vision to animated life. David Schwartz,the Chief Curator of the MOMI, who curated this exhibition along with the Museums Curator of The Collections and Exhibitions Barbara Miller, speaks about Jones’s influence; “Chuck Jones is one of the enduring geniuses of American comedy, as accomplished in the art of animation as his hero Mark Twain was in literature.” It is not an outrageous comparison for Jones, much like Twain, is highly respected by his peers and fans for furthering the timeless quality of his art-form; he is responsible for entertaining countless children (and adults) both in theaters and on television for decades, and Jones has helped his platform live on by inspiring future generations of animators. (more…)

07/17/14 12:00pm

Madison Square Garden-Rooftop-Stanford White Murder-NYCRooftop theater of the Second Madison Square Garden. Image via Lost New York

We’ve seen a lot of images of the famous rooftop of the second Madison Square Garden where architect Stanford White was murdered in cold blood in 1906. But reading through the great book Lost New York, we came across one we hadn’t seen before. Most reports about this theater and pleasure garden speak to the Parisian influence, but this photo clearly shows a Japanese design. Was it built specifically for the theatrical performance? Either way, it’s undeniable that Americans were particularly fascinated with Asian culture at the turn of the 19th century.


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Source:  New York Historical Society

Source: New York Historical Society

Originally built in 1883-84, this Queen Anne and Romanesque Revival structure was designed by architects Lamb & Rich at a time when Harlem was a suburb and 81 East 125th Street was conveniently located next to a ground-level Metro Station.  The main floors were occupied by the Mount Morris Bank and Safe Deposit Company, with luxury apartments on the floors above.  The structure had three arched entrances.  One used for the apartments, one for the lower-level bank vault and a grand entrance to the main level of the bank.  In 1913, the Mount Morris Bank became a branch of the Corn Exchange Bank.