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Jim Power, the Mosaic Man, tearing down his beloved mosaics from the lampposts around Astor Place.

Jim Power, the Mosaic Man, tearing down his beloved mosaics from the lampposts around Astor Place with a hammer and a chisel.

We were saddened when the news broke that Jim Power, the famous  “Mosaic Man”  of the East Village has begun tearing his mosaics down.  Today, he explained that he is removing them before the city has a chance to, as Astor Place continues its redesign“This is Mosaic Massacre, 2014,” said Powers.  “They are planning to move them to Queens, or all over the city – who knows where. They called them ‘historic artifacts’. Well, they weren’t made to be artifacts in Queens.”  Yesterday we had a chance to photograph Jim Powers in action as he removed his works from the Mosaic Trail

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Nicholas Blechman, the art director for the New York Times Book Review has a really fun new series on landmark architecture as food, called Gastro-Architecture. While many of the drawings are from all around the world “The Gherkin” in London and “The Bottle Opener” in Shanghai, several are of New York City. The Apple Store as an Ice Cube, The Chrysler Building as orange wedges (aka “The Tropicana Tower,” The San Remo apartment towers on Central Park West as “Salt and Pepper Shakers, and “The Tostito,” a current project by Blarke Ingels for Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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

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Boston’s Gem Club will be playing this Thursday at Bowery Ballroom with Agnes Obel.  The Ballroom is  a perfect venue for their brand moody, ambient music.  The classically orchestrated three-piece is comprised of lead singer and pianist Christopher Barnes, cellist Kristen Drymala, and vocalist Ieva Berberian. Barnes has said in the past that he attempts to recreate landscapes through music.  We caught up with Barnes—who once lived in a piano factory in Boston—to find out how the urban spaces in his hometown affect the music that he writes.

1.  How does your city influence your music? (more…)

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We’ve got an exciting addition to our Untapped Cities event series this fall! We’re partnering with Chashama to offer 4 lucky readers a chance to win a free tour of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park on Saturday, September 20th (details to enter below). The terminal is four million square feet of history, which dates back to the days of World War I.  It is also one of the most stunning architectural places in the city, open to the public only in the last few years.

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Instagram, the ubiquitous photo social media app you keep telling your spouse to stop checking because you finished checking it first, has become one of the greatest ways for us creative types in NYC to express ourselves. Food, coffee, street art, concerts, selfies, family photos, purchases, engagement announcements, vacation photos, more selfies, we just can not stop taking pictures of everything we do, say, and eat and putting it on Instagram. As much as we love Instagram and are thankful for its existence, boy do we hate Instagram.

We hate the constant stream of selfies, food, coffee, engagements, etc.  As much as you love your friends, you get tired of seeing them put the same stupid “Kermit drinking tea” meme on every other photo. You want to follow more creative, interesting and talented people. Well, we have five people for you to follow on Instagram (no, we’re not on this list but you should check out our account anyway).  (more…)