04/15/14 9:00am

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Inside the Brooklyn Museum’s rotunda gallery, Brooklyn based street artist Caleonia Curry a.k.a Swoon and her team have installed an awe inspiring 60 foot tree sculpture. The sculpture –which is reported to have taken months to complete –is the base and center piece for her exhibition titled Submerged Motherlands. The former Pratt Institute student turned world famous street artist and humanitarian’s site-specific installation is said to be an artistic response to past and contemporary catastrophe’s.  (more…)

04/11/14 12:00pm

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Brooklyn Heights was the first-ever New York City neighborhood to be designated a historic district. But did you know there’s also a Brooklyn Skyscraper District?

For over a decade the Brooklyn Heights Association and a coalition of residents rallied against Robert Moses, who proposed routing the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway through the heart of a neighborhood with over 600 pre-civil war structures. Had this proposal come to fruition, hundreds of historic homes would have been demolished.  After nine years of legislative maneuvers, Brooklyn Heights was designated a historic district in 1965, paving the way for other neighborhoods to seek the same protection. There are now 109 historic districts and 20 historic district extensions across the city.  (more…)

04/09/14 2:00pm

foragedchickweed_avachin_untappedcitiesChickweed, edible to some, pesky weed to others. Photo by mystuart/Flickr.

If you judged it by its name, you might think the Food Book Fair is all about books. But actually the Third Annual Food Book Fair, coming to Williamsburg  April 25-27 brings together authors, magazine and book editors, filmmakers, designers, artists and people like us: food enthusiasts.

Untapped Cities sat down and talked to native New Yorker Ava Chin, one of the authors competing in an event at the Food Book Fair, the Food Book Slam, to hear more about her hobby, foraging, her new memoir, “Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal,” and, perhaps most important of all, how she is training for the competition.

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04/04/14 12:00pm

Welcome back to our Untapped Cities series on NYC’s Micro Neighborhoods, where we delve into long standing ethnic enclaves.  

Little Poland
Greenpoint, Brooklyn

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Look past the emerging counterculture and you’ll find New York City‘s Little Poland in Greenpoint. Though Greenpoint is rapidly gentrifying, its rich Polish culture and history has yet to be completely expunged.

This North Brooklyn neighborhood is home to the second largest concentration of Polish immigrants in the United States, behind Chicago. Though it is the clusters of Polish residents that have won Greenpoint its title as Little Poland, the neighborhood has also held a strong Latino and South Asian population which pours out into its sister ‘hood of Williamsburg. Look no further than Greenpoint to best sample all the Polish traditions that New York City has to offer.  (more…)

04/01/14 2:00pm

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British artist Amar Stewart is the man behind the amazing paintings of NYC’s most important MC’s in the guise of 17th century Dutch royals and noblemen. Hailing from London, Stewart came to NYC to do a month-long residency at Cotton Candy Machine in Williamsburg. We met up with Stewart in Bushwick to chat about his inspiration, the New York vs. London art scene, and his upcoming show in San Francisco.

Can you tell us about your inspiration, first of all? We’ve obviously read that you’re inspired by Frans Hals’ portraits in the Met, but are there other artists or art forms that inspire you?

Yeah, definitely ‘cause I only discovered Frans Hals about two years ago, and it was my fiancée that introduced me to his work. I’d heard of it, I’d probably seen a little bit of it, but I never really paid much attention to it. I think because for so many years I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my art, so I was looking at graffiti artists, illustrators, designers, all sorts of creative people in different genres, which I don’t think was a bad thing. I was looking at them all, and I guess because of that I was inspired by so many people. A lot of the works were different mediums, even, like digital or illustrations to chalk works, to aerosol, murals and whatnot.  (more…)

03/18/14 10:00am

In honor of the warm weather (hopefully) dawning on the city soon, we thought we’d share a list of New York’s most notable swimming pools–from historically significant ones now in ruins to a floating public pool to ones crowning five star hotels. What follows is a list of notable pools around the city.

1. Woolworth Building Pool

The Woolworth Building‘s Pompeii inspired pool (photo via New-York Historical Society)

In the depths of the the Woolworth Building, one of New York’s most iconic buildings, rests the remnants of a Pompeii inspired pool . Covered extensively in our The New York City That Never Was column, the pool was designed by Woolworth architect Cass Gilbert and used until 1999 as part of the Jack Lalane health club. Today it sits awaiting possible renovation as the Woolworth Building gets partially converted into condos. Note our upcoming tour of the building!

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