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The Night Of, a limited series on HBO, tells the fictional story of Queens resident and college student, Nasir Khan, and the repercussions of a single night in his life which brings the character unwittingly into the underworld of urban incarceration and New York City politics. English actor Riz Ahmed, who got his start as rapper Riz MC, plays Nasir, an earnest millennial and son of first generation Pakistani immigrants.

The Night Of is beautifully filmed and the show does a detailed job of using real locations and making sure they are where the show says they are. As New Yorkers, we appreciate that accuracy, as well as the touches in the script that make it clear that screenwriter Richard Price is a New Yorker. Price was born in the Bronx and many of his novels and films are set in the New York city region. The gritty opening sequence is further haunted by the presence of executive producer James Gandolfini, uses black and white aerial shots of New York City with key elements of the storyline pulled out for visual effect.

Without further ado, here are the notable film locations so far in The Night Of:

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We’ve been a little quiet on the publishing front for the last couple days, and that’s because we have news! We’ll be joining the GSAPP Incubator at the New Museum, run by Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation for the 2016 to 2017 year. The aim of the incubator is to be a “launch pad for new ideas and projects about architecture, culture, and the city.” That’s a mission we can get behind! 

We will work alongside the New Museum’s NEW INC Incubator, which is dedicated to art, design and technology. The incubator has an event space, fabrication lab with things like 3D printers, and other fun stuff. We’re excited to be inspired by the members of the incubator which included last year a founding member of +POOL, the filtering pool for the East River, researcher Forrest Jesse, creative and design consultancy Consortia, and numerous architects and practices.

We’re excited to be able to soon offer panel events with the many experts that write, give tours, and are part of the Untapped Cities community. We’re also working on a complete web design overhaul for Untapped Cities, that readers should see by end of September and have some projects we can’t reveal yet up our sleeve!

In the meantime, we’re sad to be leaving our digs at Nowhere Studios in Brooklyn, a wonderful co-working space that truly builds a community. How many other co-working spaces have an über-adorable resident cat, a rooftop deck where you can grow vegetables and herbs, and street art by Swoon inside and out?

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An Untapped Cities reader recently contacted us about a vintage Times Square sign he had in his collection, passed down from his grandfather who acquired it. He wrote that the sign was in Times Square from 1904 to 1915, according to the New York Historical Society, but was looking for more information on it because he was looking to sell it. The sign has four sides, with cut-out letters that read alternatively with “42ND STREET” and “TIMES SQUARE.” The glass squares would have been illuminated from the interior of the sign similar to the Victorian-era street signs you can see in the photos from our previous article, “The History of NYC’s Street Signs.”


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Starting September 22nd, the next time you take the Staten Island Ferry (even if you got on just for the view), make a stop inside St. George Ferry Terminal at the Staten Island Culture Lounge. There’s a photography exhibit, “Freshkills: Landscape in Motion” that examines the changing topography of Freshkills as it evolves from a landfill into the largest park developed by New York City since the 19th century.

The photographs are the results of a competition sponsored by Freshkills Park and the Staten Island Advance and the exhibition shows twelve winning photographs side by side with historical images. The three first place winners are shown below:


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In March, we announced that the National Trust for Historic Preservation would run a competition to reimagine the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, designed by architect Philip Johnson for the 1964 World’s Fair. The site, an iconic landmark along Grand Central Parkway, has been a popular site for urban explorers (as seen in photographs of the crumbling towers and of the pavilion itself). Steady community activism, including a documentary film has led to numerous local and national government initiatives over the past few years and the site has been opened up on occasion to the public.

Yesterday at the Queens Museum, the winners of the National Trust competition were announced and the designs will be on exhibit inside the museum until August 28th. The competition was meant to be visionary, to inspire in the public and government officials the possibilities of what the New York State Pavilion could become in the 21st century.


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This week’s events picks are particularly historical, from tours of Gracie Mansion, Greenwich Village and Noho, and a talk about the Crown Heights riots of 1991. But you’ll also be able to check out the occasionally open Hallett Sanctuary on your own, explore the world’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard.

Monday, August 8th

Explore the normally off-limits Hallett Sanctuary in Central Park at your own pace from 2 pm to 5pm. The sanctuary is only open on limited days and times.

At Bryant Park, the screening of Clint Eastwood’s drama Man with No Name in which he starred and directed, will take place on the lawn in the evening.