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Last night, Untapped Cities contributor Rachel Fawn Alban shared this trippy photograph she took of the National September 11th Memorial, with a footprint of the World Trade Center towers reflected in the fog against One World Trade Center. While this is not the most overt photograph of Veterans Day in New York City by far, the subtleness of the image makes it our pick to mark the holiday – a reminder of those lost and who served on 9/11 and in the conflicts before and since.

Follow Rachel Alban on Instagram @fawn_nyc and read her contributions on Untapped Cities. Next, see the 11 year construction of One World Trade Center in this video.

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The last time French street artist, Invader, was in New York, he left quite a mark on the city with his 8-bit street art mosaics. After posting an Instagram of a mosaic with the letters NY, there has been quite a buzz about when he’ll first strike in the city again. Finally, yesterday, we caught a glimpse of his first tags in none other than Bushwick, Brooklyn.


Gateway-to-soho-599 broadway-forrest-myers-Stephanie-Geier-NYC-Stephanie-GeierThe Gateway to Soho at 599 Broadway

The bright blue, eight-story art piece adorning a wall on 599 Broadway certainly stands out among the surrounding buildings and billboards, catching the eye of pedestrians. Unknown to many of them, however, this piece, called “The Gateway to Soho” (or “The Wall”), actually has a rocky history and even became the subject of a federal lawsuit.


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In September 2014, we reported on the S.S. Columbia Project, an initiative to bring America’s oldest surviving passenger steamship to New York. While it served its previous life in Detroit as one of the Boblo Boats, it will get new life reinvigorating the Hudson Valley‘s connection with its river and will serve as a floating mobile museum and cultural space along the Hudson River. Over the last year, the S.S. Columbia moved from Detroit to Toledo, where it wintered and had its hull repaired with 3,791 square feet of new steel welded below the waterline. On September 2nd, 2015 it arrived in New York State and will be docked at Silo City on the Buffalo River for the upcoming winter, before more rehabilitation is done to the boat next year.

A new video shares beautiful footage inside the S.S. Columbia and tells an oral history of the ship’s role in Detroit’s cultural memory.


Secrets of turtle Bay_apartment view_NYC_Untapped Cities_Stephanie GeierAn apartment view of Turtle Bay neighborhood. Image via KW New York City

We’ve already uncovered the intriguing remnants and secrets of the abandoned Dead Horse Bay earlier this year. However, on the east side of Manhattan lies another interesting cove: Turtle Bay.

Midtown Manhattan’s Turtle Bay encompasses the area between 41st and 53rd streets east of Lexington Avenue, including the United Nations headquarters and the Chrysler Building. While it may not have old glass bottles or destroyed ferry remnants like Dead Horse Bay, Turtle Bay does have secrets of a different nature.

Invader’s last New York trip, 183 Bowery 

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