On Court Street in Brooklyn in the middle of 3rd and 4th Place in Carroll Gardens, is an abandoned storefront where you can still see the remnants of a shoe-shine shop from the dusty windows. Carroll Gardens, and much of Court Street, has historically been a strong community for the Italian immigrant diaspora and you can see a good number of Catholic items inside, like a photo of the Pope on the wall, a cross and a shrine.
The Writer’s Room, birthplace to more than 1,000 books
E.B. White once said, “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.” But what if writers stopped waiting for those conditions and tried renting them instead? We here at Untapped Cities have a thing for co-working spaces: last week we told you about The Oracle Club, the week before it was The Yard. Today we offer five spots dedicated exclusively to writers. (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…)
In 1893, McKim, Mead, & White won the design competition for what would become the Brooklyn Museum. Their design featured a Beaux-Arts masterpiece , 560 feet square, with four interior light courts. The Greco-Roman building won praise for its sculpture filled façade (noted sculptors include Daniel Chester French, Adolph Weinman, and Charles Kerk). In New York City, the Brooklyn Museum is often overlooked, despite the fact that it is one of the oldest and largest museums in the United States and is well known for its Egyptian Collection. (more…)
Tomorrow night, Cotton Candy Machine, an art boutique in Williamsburg run by Sean Leonard and artist Tara McPherson, hosts an opening of oil paintings by their first artist in residence, Amar Stewart. The Brooklyn-based artist, originally from London, England, has had his work shown before in NYC and in other major cities like LA, Hong Kong and Melbourne.
The theme of his latest collection of oil painting takes inspiration from Dutch Golden Age painter Frans Hal and Hip Hop culture, with most of his paintings featuring legendary NYC MC’s along with ones who have made their mark on the culture over the past few years. (more…)
The film your uncle will not shut up about every time it is on TV, The Godfather is one of the premier films set in NYC. Besides being nominated for 11 Academy Awards in 1973 and inspiring many filmmakers since its release, the film is known for helping launch the career of Al Pacino, one of NYC’s greatest living actors. In honor of the Academy Awards celebration this Sunday, we look back to one of the most beloved films of all time, by listing locations in NYC used in Francis Ford Coppola’s mafia classic.
The film opens on the wedding of Don Corleone’s only daughter Connie. The wedding brings out gangsters, family members and even policemen, who are outside the ceremony writing down license plate numbers of suspected gangsters. The home on 110 Longfellow Road in Staten Island belonged to the same family for over 50 years. The house, including the lawn where the celebration took place went up for sale in 2010 for $2.9 million. No word on if someone has purchased the house, or if there will be any more fantastic mafia weddings since the story broke in 2010. (more…)