1-ArtsBrookfield-artist-Amanda-Parer-Intrude-Untapped-Cities-AFineLyneArtist, Amanda Parer with her installation, Intrude. Image courtesy of ArtsBrookfield

Listed as one of our 18 Art Installations in NYC Not To Miss In April, we have been patiently awaiting the arrival of the super-sized bunnies that will make up Intrude, the new installation at Brookfield Place. So it was without hesitation that we accepted an invitation to join ArtsBrookfield and the artist, Amanda Parer in a test inflation. We gathered on the North Cove Marina side of Brookfield Place, along with the Vice President and Artistic Director of ArtsBrookfield, Debra Simon – and a fare amount of wind. At the appointed hour, the air-pumps were turned on. (more…)

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Walking down the streets of Manhattan, you many notice many buildings marked with flags of foreign countries. Often characterized with unique architectural features, these buildings could be consulates, permanent UN missions, administrative offices or residences for foreign ambassadors who work and reside in New York City. Some of them may be designed by foreign architects, but most of them have interesting stories of families who were prominent figures of New York. Next time you are strolling down Fifth Avenue, make sure to look out for the waving flags and take a moment to admire these architectural gems. (more…)

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There are a lot of fun and exciting New York City events to attend this week, including a film screening about matzos, a walking tour on New York’s gang history, and our own Untapped Cities Tour of the Woolworth Building! (more…)

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The Sheila C. Johnson Center at Parson’s New School For Design in Manhattan recently opened an exhibit on the prison system of the United States titled States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories. More than just an exhibition on the formation and history of prisons and the treatment of inmates, it is also a dialogue between students from universities across the country and the conditions of prisons nearest them.  (more…)

Cartoon Memories Roz Chast AFineLyne Untapped CitiesIn her own hand, the title of her book “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” by Roz Chast

Hey, New Yorkers, are we really defined by our obsessions, anxieties, quirks and values? Not to worry. Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs, which opened today at The Museum of the City of New York, explores the lighter side of our offbeat sensibilities. With more than 200 works, some of which have never been published, Roz chronicles the follies of contemporary urban life in our city. Her illustrations and captions, written in her own hand, are a personal examination of what it means to be a New Yorker, and what makes stressed-out city dwellers eccentric, awkward and even uncomfortable. Roz explained that her cartoons tell the story of things that have happened in her life, but if you live in New York, you are sure to recognize yourself somewhere in this exhibit. (more…)