Broad City is a new and quirky show on Comedy Central that documents the lives of 20-somethings Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer who are living on their own in Brooklyn, making the most of their post-graduate lives. The show is filmed throughout the city, playing on stereotypes of neighborhoods as well as the personalities embodied by their residents. Check out this list of a few awesome locations from the first six episodes of Broad City. (more…)
Since May 23, 1911, Patience and Fortitude have flanked either side of the steps leading into one of the most stunning Beaux Arts building in New York City, the New York Public Library. They are statues of lions, yet for over 100 years, people have been personifying them.
Sculptor Edward Clark Potter created them as part of a pride—a number of male and female lions, much like a pack of wolves. (The Piccirilli Brothers did the actual carving of the marble.) Potter also sculpted the two female lions at the Morgan Library, on 36th Street and Madison Avenue. Here’s where one might recall these lions and lionesses are not actually alive. (more…)
On the list of things needed to survive in NYC, a go-to barbershop is essential. You never want to be that person who goes to that really buzzed about art event, or that big job interview without a proper haircut. Every neighborhood in the city has barbershops, so they are never hard to find. However, to find the right barbershop for you—professional, convenient and most importantly, affordable—is more of a mission.
Tomcats Barbershop, over on 135 India Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, fits all the criteria, as they specialize in classic styles, without charging you the kind of money you normally see in other high-class barbershops in NYC. (more…)
Armory Arts Week, which takes place March 5-10, began in 1994 as The Gramercy International Art Fair, named after its initial location in the Gramercy Park Hotel. In 1999, the name was changed to The Armory Show and moved to the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue. Since then it has become one of the most anticipated art events of the season. We are all familiar with the big shows: The Armory Show at the Piers, Volta NY, Scope, ADAA, which, by the way, donates all of its ticket proceeds to the Henry Street Settlement. Here at Untapped Cities, we’d like to suggest some Armory Arts Week events you might not have thought of. (more…)
Naming these places “Square” is just a ploy to confuse tourists. (Image via Wikipedia)
Have you ever visited Madison Square Garden? What about Madison Square Park? To be clear, we’ve explained why they’re so far apart. But the building known as MSG has a very distinct shape in Midtown, and that shape is definitely not a “square.” In fact, most of New York City’s “squares” are part of the street grid, so they would be better described as “rectangles.”
The park that would be closest to a near-perfect square would probably be Tompkins Square Park, seemingly the only trustworthy Square Park in NYC. Looking at Duarte Square above, New Yorkers have a very loose definition of what constitutes a “square,” but here are some extreme examples around the City of places named “Square” where a different polygon would be much more fitting. (more…)