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There is a new shop in Williamsburg devoted completely to selling hot sauce. Heatonist is for all of us who need our food as spicy as possible and revel in the collection of hot sauces (more than a row of the Untapped Cities HQ fridge is just hot sauce). This past weekend, we went to the opening party of Heatonist, where hot sauce enthusiasts can come and taste a very wide variety of sauces, ranging from mild to hottest.


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French street artist JR, whose work has previously been shown in Times Square, Fordham University and inside abandoned hospitals on Ellis Island, always seems to outdo himself when he comes to New York City. Last week, The New York Times Magazine released the April issue, titled “Walking New York.” The cover is an aerial photo of the very large and very real piece by JR at Flatiron Plaza, with information that there were many more placed throughout the five boroughs. There could be no better cue for us at Untapped Cities to go traipsing around the city this weekend.

All 14 of the other pieces were also photographs of recent immigrants, taken by JR on the streets of Nolita earlier this month. The goal is to encourage people to walk all over the city to find the pieces. Below are all 14 pieces of JR’s “Walking New York” project:


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On Tuesday, Untapped Cities and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) brought readers to the second installment of the Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series, into the raw spaces and the roof of the Brooklyn Army Terminal. The tour was led by Dean Bodnar, Vice President of NYCEDC in charge of the Brooklyn Army Terminal. The impressive 4 million square foot complex was designed at the end of World War I by Cass Gilbert, architect behind the Woolworth Building, U.S. Customs House and more.

Though it was decommissioned in 1964, the Brooklyn Army Terminal had ample activity to garner many fun facts and secrets, even as it has undergone a multi-decade renovation and reactivation under the leadership of the NYCEDC. Here are 10 secrets and fun facts about the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park that we learned on the tour:


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Brooklyn Heights is probably best known for its charming, tree-lined streets filled with 19th century mansions and churches. But the bucolic neighborhood boasts more than just cobblestone lanes and scenic views of Lower Manhattan. Being one of the oldest neighborhoods in New York City, it also has its fair share of stories and secrets.


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There comes a time where we must all pick a side: Knicks or Nets, Marvel or DC, Jacob or Edward. A unique exhibit inside a Williamsburg apartment is asking us a similar question, one that hasn’t been asked in over 20 years: are you a Tonya or a Nancy?

The Tonya Harding & Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum is the brainchild of two Brooklyn comedians, Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen. The duo came up with the idea of transforming their long entrance hallway into a museum exhibit after viewing the ESPN 30 For 30 documentary The Price of Gold. The documentary tells the history of one of the most bizarre rivalries in sports history. The two rivals were Olympic pro skaters Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, arguably the worlds best figure skaters at the time. The two shared a common passion, but little else. Tonya came from a broken home and grew up in poverty; Nancy seemed to have the perfect life and was seemingly everyone’s ideal of an Olympic athlete. The two competed head to head in numerous tournaments around the country, however, their rivalry would take a dark turn on On January 4th, 1994.  (more…)

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Yet another piece of cultural history is being demolished in New York City. The old Vitagraph studio of Midwood, in south-central Brooklyn, which then became an NBC studio, is being ripped up as we speak. This studio was built by J. Stuart Blackton, a former partner of Thomas Edison, in 1906 and was once the largest producer of motion pictures in the United States. It was later sold to Warner Brothers in 1925. The facility housed two sound stages, as well as a pool.

Among the acclaimed works filmed here were “Peter Pan” (with Mary Martin) and the musical show “Sing Along With Mitch,” starring Mitch Miller. It’s been said that Leon Trotsky and Rudolph Valentino been worked there as extras before they became famous. Early recorded sound to film experiments were worked on here as well, as the facility included a laboratory.