NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton-Theodore Roosevelt Desk-Manhattan-NYCPolice Commissioner Bill Bratton with Theodore Roosevelt’s desk – Photo via Twitter/CommissBratton

Before Theodore Roosevelt became the nation’s 26th president, he was president of the board of the New York City Police Commissioners from 1895 to 1897 and palled around with reformer Jacob A. Riis. During this time, Roosevelt enacted reforms to fix the police department, which was one of the most corrupt in America at the time. Though Theodore Roosevelt died in 1919, a piece of him still lives on in 1 Police Plaza: his 121 year old desk.


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2016 marks the 100th anniversary of New York City’s zoning resolution, which has shaped the way our city functions in the present day. To celebrate, the Museum of the City of New York and Open House New York is hosting the Zoning New York Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, July 9. Players will be taking photos in front of key zoning sites using hints provided in the game. The scavenger hunt is a lesson on how zoning has shaped the city in ways both seen and unseen, and explores the themes of the museum’s upcoming exhibit, ‘Mastering the Metropolis: New York and Zoning, 1916-2016.’


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July 4, 2016 marks the 240th year that America declared independence from the British Empire (and of course, 2016 marks “Brexit,” the year the United Kingdom voted to break free from the European Union). Every year in New York City, celebrations are marked with the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Show, backyard cookouts and beach trips. But if these yearly rituals don’t appeal to you, Untapped Cities has curated a list of ten off-the-beaten path ways to spend your July 4th holiday weekend in New York City.


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Broadway and 42nd Street circa 1947 – Courtesy of MCNY

Photographs have the ability to capture the zeitgeist of an era and transport the viewer from the present to a completely different time. The Museum of the City of New York is hosting an exhibit called “Lost in Old New York.” The series of eight interactive black and white photos gives a glimpse into New York City in the 19th and 20th centuries. The exhibit also gives museum guests a special chance to win a year of free admission at the MCNY. To enter the visitors must take a selfie or ask someone to take their picture in front of the photographs and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #LostInOldNY. The museum will choose a winner every month from now until the exhibit closes on October 1st.

“Lost in Old New York” is a precursor to the museum’s first ever permanent exhibit “New York at Its Core,” a three-gallery exhibition that tells the story of New York’s 400-year history. “New York at Its Core” will open on November 18, 2016. Preview the pictures for “Lost in Old New York” below.


taj_mahal-donald_trump-atlantic_city-untapped_citiesTrump at opening of Taj Mahal Casino & Resort, April 1990. Image via Vice

Before becoming a presidential candidate, Donal Trump stepped into the casino world in Atlantic City, New Jersey in the ’80s and ’90s, in an effort to reinvigorate the city’s casino culture. Born in New York City, Trump has worked on large-scale real-estate development projects throughout the city. In 1982, he entered the casino world after being granted a casino license by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, slowly acquiring land along Atlantic City’s boardwalk. Eventually, Trump opened four casino-resorts, but a downturn in the city’s economy ultimately brought his ventures to bankruptcy.  (more…)