04/22/14 4:00pm
The empty observation towers of the New York Pavilion hover over Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

The empty observation towers of the New York Pavilion hover over Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

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New York City

04/22/14 2:00pm

Baltimore Craft Beer Brewer's Art Jenna McLaughlin
The catacomb-like basement of Brewer’s Art in Baltimore, a craft beer scene. Photo Credit: Jeff Kubina via Flickr

Baltimore’s small independent craft breweries host some of the most unique architectural, flavorful and cultural facets of the city. Two particular locations demonstrate the individuality of the city’s craft brew scene, including the bar of many faces—The Brewer’s Art, and the one-stop-shop for home brewing, Nepenthe.

Nestled between the historical district of Mount Vernon with its monument to Washington and the young, hip area of Station North Arts and Entertainment District sits what appears to be a window into a classy barroom. The area is host to bookstores, crêperies, Middle Eastern restaurants, clubs and very little parking. Less manicured than Charles Village and Johns Hopkins University and much less touristy than the redeveloped Inner Harbor and its Hard Rock Café, Station North is representative of the indie art culture that Baltimoreans treasure but outsiders may never know about.  (more…)

04/22/14 12:00pm

Kevin Roose author of Young Money NYC Untapped Cities

For his bestselling book, Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street’s Post-Crash Recruits, Kevin Roose spent three years shadowing eight young bankers and traders as they got their first taste of the world made notorious in The Wolf of Wall Street. What he found is enough to shatter the illusions of power broker hopefuls, who quickly learn that they’re expected to work 100 hour work weeks doing inane tasks like completing excel spreadsheets for insanely demanding bosses. We caught up with Kevin to find out what motivated him to write the book, how his subjects reacted when they read it, and how it made him think differently about NYC.  (more…)

04/22/14 10:00am

IMG_0274 copy-002The author puts his guide to the test

We here at Untapped love all of DOT’s ventures, especially those pertaining to two-wheeled transportation. In our eyes, bike lanes are the bee’s knees and Citi Bike’s a triumph, never mind the latter’s losing money faster than your aunt playing slots.  We have to admit, however, that the department may have stumbled when it published the uptight and naive Bike Smart Guide. How many real New Yorkers are going to Stop at all red lights and stop signs“? Save that kind of talk for downtown Des Moines.

Though Untapped would never condone bicycle rule-breaking, we are, if nothing else, a practical gang. Temptation lurks at every traffic stop, and sooner or later even the best-bred cyclist skirts the letter of the law. So why not sin in style? Untapped proudly presents a biking guide for real New Yorkers.

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04/22/14 9:00am

Specials on C art space in a bodega destroyed by Hurricane Sandy NYC Untapped CitiesPhoto via Specials on C’s Facebook page

When Hurricane Sandy came ripping through New York City, as many Untapped readers will recall, Lower Manhattan was consumed by a blackout and awash in floods. For many small businesses, the damage was devastating. Yet, where one bodega was wrecked, the community seized the opportunity to do something productive. Thus, Specials on C was born.

The vacant bodega on the corner of East 12th Street and Avenue C has found new life as a creative space for social projects. According to Specials on C’s website, “It’s not a gallery, or a venue, it’s a safe space for your social experiments.” The former bodega hosts art shows, interactive and performance art, concerts, pop-up shops, workshops and video nights.  (more…)

04/21/14 4:00pm

1-CoalHouse-NorthBrotherIslandAbandoned buildings on North Brother Island. Source: Christopher Payne

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New York City