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1 World Trade Center via EarthCam

It’s the 100th birthday of the National Park Service and tonight, there are some fancy going-ons in New York City. Most exciting might be the ability to control the color of the spire of 1 World Trade Center using a giant digital circuitboard in Brooklyn Bridge Park. To change the color, participants have to collectively solve interactive puzzles. Even if you can’t make it, EarthCam will provide views of the New York City skyline from the Statue of Liberty.

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The New York City Economic Development Corp (NYCEDC) and Borough President James Oddo recently announced the city’s first planned Wellness Community in Staten Island. The Old Sea View Hospital was once the largest and most renown tuberculosis sanatoriums in the country, which later included facilities for the mentally ill and cholera patients. Upon completion, this Health Community will be the first publicly planned and funded mixed-use health development of its kind in the country. Parts of the old Sea View Hospital and the neighboring Farm Colony have stood in a state of semi-abandonment for decades. Now, with help from the City, Staten Island will become a much healthier place it deserves to be.  (more…)

Bowery Mural at Houston St Logan Hicks Untapped Cities AFineLyneThe mural, not yet completed, was garnering a great deal of interest with locals and tourists

All summer, we have enjoyed a plethora of new outdoor murals throughout our five boroughs, but none is more hotly anticipated than the next artist up on the Bowery Wall. Artist Logan Hicks, known for his intricate stencil murals, will be creating a seventy-foot-long mural entitled “Story of My Life.” He began the project by inviting friends, family and fans to Greene Street in Soho one afternoon, where he asked them to simply walk down the street. Perched high on a ladder, he took hundreds (or was it thousands) of photographs that he would ultimately composite into one. The images include people who have most influenced his life during his ten years in New York, now clearly in view within his mural. (more…)

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This morning, a nude state of Donald Trump was unveiled in Union Square. Trump’s campaign has drawn a lot of controversy since it began, particulrly in these last few months. Yet nothing he said has proved to truly shake up his seemingly “invulnerable” campaign. Members of the anarchist collective INDECLINE, who are responsible for the statues, chose to depict this bombastic, overly confident, aspiring president in the most vulnerable and mortal way possible: naked. (more…)

A while back, we brought you a piece about the now extinct “Train to the Plane” on 1970s NYC Subway Maps. In the 70s, the city introduced the “JFK Express” or “Train to the Plane” as a premium fare charged ride with higher quality cars running from 57th Street and 6th Ave in Manhattan to the airport. Despite the extra comfort it offered, it was still slower than A train services. Today, this direct line no longer exists, instead you’d have to take the E to Jamaica or A to Howard Beach/JFK Airport and take the Airtrain from there.

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VeselkafromSFII-jamesandmurrayphotography-nyc-untappedcitiedPhoto by James and Karla Murray Photography

On Sunday, August 21st at 12pm, Untapped Cities will host the tour STOREFRONT: A HISTORIC EAST VILLAGE FOOD TOUR, led by photographers and authors James and Karla Murray. This visit will cover the  food, history and diverse culture of the East Village while tasting delicious specialties from at least 6 different tasting stops.

Below, James and Karla have written a piece for us about one of those stops, Veselka:

Discover the food, history and diverse culture of the East Village while tasting delicious specialties from at least 6 different tasting stops. Many family-run businesses started out as traditional mom-and-pop stores passed down from generation to generation, and defined their neighborhoods. Not only are these modest small businesses falling away in the face of modernization, gentrification, and conformity, the once unique appearance and character of New York City’s colorful streets suffers in the process. On this tour you will learn about the diverse German, Italian, Jewish and Ukrainian history of the East Village and try some fresh homemade Italian mozzarella, drink an authentic New York City egg cream or have a freshly roasted cup of coffee, taste a hot Ukrainian potato pierogi with toppings from Veselka, sample a freshly baked Jewish sugar cookie, enjoy an authentic New York hot dog and tropical drink and taste a freshly baked Italian cannoli.

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