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fao schwarz vintage-NYC-Untapped Cities8The F.A.O. Schwarz Piano, immortalized in the 1988 film ‘Big’ starring Tom Hanks. Image via msnbc

New York City lost a treasure yesterday. F.A.O. Schwarz on Fifth Avenue and 58th Street, once the premier toy store in the country, was dropped from its lease with its parent company, Toys R’ Us, last month. It closed its flagship store on July 15th.


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As seen on Gizmodo and Curbed NY the interactive “Surging Seas” maps by Climate Central depicts what New York City would look like if global temperatures rose 2 degrees by the end of the century. And for New York City, that’s not so promising. As you’ll see from these maps, more than waterfront condos getting flooded, much of the city’s major infrastructure will too from an approximately 20 foot sea level rise in this scenario.


celebrate brooklyn show bandshell-NYC-Untapped CitiesCelebrate Brooklyn! Image via bricartsmedia.org

With July closing out and the worst few weeks of a humid New York summer upcoming, cool off with a Central Park waterfight, Harlem food festivals, an indie music festival on Pier 84, and a preview of Mozart at the Lincoln Center.

Monday, July 20th

The Museum of the City of New York will be hosting ‘Is Preservation Elitist?‘ a panel discussion on the ethics and methods of preserving culturally significant areas of the city that delves into themes explored in the museum’s upcoming exhibit, ‘Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks.’

The Urban Park Rangers are hosting weekly obstacle-challenge Adventure Courses in Queens’ Alley Pond Park, for people of all ages and physical ability. The next outing takes place on July 26th and registration opens July 20th. (more…)

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A farm and skate park are growing next to the former Domino Sugar Factory, a community partnership between Two Trees Management Company, the developers of the property and the neighborhood. We recently got a sneak peek inside, as North Brooklyn Farms (also casually known as the Farm on Kent) prepares to open this month.

Formerly located in a vacant lot across the street from the Domino plot, the community garden moved to be directly along the waterfront in May and plans to open later this month. They’re growing flowers and produce, all organic but none of which will be sold. Instead, they’ll be used for dinners to be hosted on site. How’s that for farm to table? From some of the picnic tables that are set up under string lights, you can literally reach over into the produce beds. A shipping container is also being converted into a mushroom farm.


thousandwonders.net rockefeller center-NYC-Untapped Cities30 Rockefeller Plaza. Image via thousandwonders.net

This 19 unit Art-Deco complex is one of New York’s most popular tourist destinations. Every year, it hosts the largest Christmas tree in the country, films a handful of national television’s most popular primetime talkshows as well as the 40 year-old ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and is probably the only New York landmark with a show, the Tina Fey creation ’30 Rock,’ named after its centerpiece, the GE Building. Rockefeller Center is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. It draws millions at all times of the year and exemplifies the crossroads of entertainment, corporate America, retail, and tourism, that is the Big Apple. It was completed in 1939 and named for John D. Rockefeller Jr., the son of the Standard Oil Founder John D. Rockefeller Sr. Rockefeller Center is a high traffic Manhattan destination, and has its fair share of secrets intwining it firmly with the city’s history and character. Here are 10 that we found the most eye-catching: