Doors of brooklyn - joseph lee sweeney- brownstoner- UntappedCities-001Joseph Lee Sweeney’s “The Doors of Brooklyn,” 2004

Joseph Lee Sweeney’s The Doors of Brooklyn is an iconic poster that celebrates Brooklyn’s unique and diversified brownstones. Sweeney, a successful architect and photographer, documented hundreds of the borough’s doorways and chose his favorite 30 to create Doors. A former Park Slope resident, Sweeney once told the New York Daily News that he chose to document Brooklyn’s brownstone doors because “these great artistic masterpieces have become so much of our daily routine we barely notice them.”


Strange Bird Hill-and-Pond Garden Untapped Cities AFineLynePhotos courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden. “Strange Bird” (1945, cast 1971), bronze, Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden 

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, the first Japanese garden in an American public garden. This garden was one of the first speciality gardens designed for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and to commemorate this historic event, the the Garden is celebrating with a unique and temporary Isamu Noguchi exhibition, in partnership with the Noguchi Museum. The 18 Noguchi sculptures picked for the exhibit are meant “to appear to have materialized through some extraordinary natural process,” keeping in tradition with the Garden’s philosophy of scientific inquiry and aesthetic display.


Rica Takashima Flow Randall's Island Untapped Cities AFineLyne“El Barrio Comes in All Colors, Shapes and Sizes” by Rica Takashima. Photo via flowartnyc.org

Fall is in the air and with it, an entirely different backdrop to New York City’s art installations. Some of these installations will be leaving in early October, others will be here through the fall and beyond. The below takes us from the Brooklyn Navy Yard to City College, indoors and out. Here are 11 exhibits and installations not to miss.


art-of-style-kit-mills-arrows-untapped-citiesWhich way?

As a design element, arrows are both compelling and open to a variety of interpretations. They could mean that you know where you’re going. They could mean that you don’t know where you’re going. You are a weapon, or a direction. You might feel a spiritual connection between yourself and an object propelled at high speed until it hits a target. Maybe you’re into archery, or maybe you feel attacked and wish to shield yourself. They seem to be a popular element in branding designs from the past five years or so, so you could also just be a designer who is stuck in hipster logo go-to aesthetics.


The Corn Exchange Building, Harlem

Our picks of New York’s urbanist events for next week include our Harlem History Walking Tour, the discussion of Gateway to Freedom: Hidden History of the Underground Railroad, and the kickoff to the Meat Packing District’s Open Market festival.

Monday, September 28th

Love the history of bridges? Come see Dr. Dave Frieder, an Untapped Cities contributor and bridge climbing extraordinaire, give a presentation of NYC’s bridge at the Old Tappan Public Library.

Freeman’s, a new literary journal, will be launched at The New School. The first issue will include pieces by Haruki Murakami, Louise Erdrich, David Mitchell, and Lydia Davis. Performances and readings by Colum McCann, Ann Carson, Laura van den Berg, and more.


imbible-history of drinking-untapped cities-NYCPhoto via Time Out NY.

We know many of our readers love discovering where to find the best hidden bars and speakeasies around the city. Well, thanks to Anthony Caporale’s show, The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking, you can now learn about the history of drinking in an authentic Tammany society speakeasy – the Huron Club, located in the historic SoHo Playhouse. Sit back and sip while mixologist and raconteur Caropale, paired with vocal stylings by The Backwaiters Acapella group, takes you through a lively history and scientific look at spirits.  You will not only learn about alcohol’s economic, political, and cultural impact on society, but you will also see live demonstrations of brewing beer and distilling liquors. Oh, and did we mention – you get three free cocktails with your tickets?