2-top 12 NYC nature trails-Old croton aqueduct-bronx-van cortlandt park-untapped cities-Stephanie GeierPart of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail in Van Cortlandt Park. Image via imjustwalkin

Hiking in New York City? Yep, you can do that. It’s not always necessary to drive out into the middle of nowhere to find the solitude of a forest or trail – you can find it right here in New York City and in any of the five boroughs. Most of the trails go back to the Native Americans era and were formed thousands of years ago by natural processes, maintained now by the NYC Parks Department. All you need to do is gather up your gear and hop on train or bus to get there!

So before winter arrives, check out these peaceful nature trails, which are perfect for explorative walks, jogs or bike rides.


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On Thursday, November 19th at 6pm, join us for our new Untapped Cities Behind the Scenes NYC Tour with NYCEDC of the Sims Municipal Recycling Facility, is a state-of the-art, recycling facility located at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT). The facility is the result of a public-private partnership between New York City and Sims.

Completed in 2013 using sustainable design practices, the reactivated site processes all plastic, metal, and glass collected by the Department of Sanitation and helps traffic the City of New York’s recyclables while creating jobs for the local community. Eadaoin Quinn, Education Coordinator at Sims, and Patrick Thrasher, Assistant VP in NYCEDC‘s Asset Management Division, will take Untapped Cities behind the scenes of the recycling plant, which currently occupies 11 acres of SBMT. Join us for a 90-minute tour and get a first-hand look at the City’s recycling process. Tickets are limited.

Operated by Sims Municipal Recycling, the Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility is New York City’s principal recycling center receiving approximately 20,000 tons of residential metal, glass, plastic and paper every month. The facility features advanced sorting equipment, award-winning architectural design, interactive educational displays, a 600kW solar panel array and NYC’s first commercial-scale wind turbine.

The Untapped Cities Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series is produced in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to provide special access to some of the city’s most exciting development projects. The tours are led by NYCEDC experts who have spearheaded the redevelopment as well as the community partners for the projects, offering insider insight into the past, present and future of these sites.

A sample of the mapmaking needed for the game. Image via Technical.ly

From Candy Crush to Temple Run and Trivia Crack, entertainment-seekers have a wide variety of apps at their disposal. New York City history buffs will be pleased at the addition of another innovative app, one that creates both an enjoyable and educational experience for users: Brooklyn 1776. As recently seen on Technical.ly, Creative Good just launched the app,which allows players to relive the American Revolution by fighting in the Battle of Brooklyn.


When people think of the New York City underground, they usually think of the vast subway system, or maybe the sewers, and water tunnels buried deep in the bedrock. Far lesser known are the obscure tunnels – often running from building to building, or through lesser documented parts of the city. Here’s a very unique look at 7 such locations that will make you question where else there might be hidden in subterranean passageways.


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The first big, important news to impart is that there is an alternative Oktobefest in Germany that few people know about. Called Oide Wiesn (old Oktoberfest) and in its fourth year, the festival was founded precisely to combat the overwhelming tourist experience at the tents. Though slightly more expensive, it’s a throw-back to the Oktoberfest of old, with rides and replica tents in the traditional style.

In New York City, we’ve asked beer enthusiast and Untapped Cities contributor Luke Kingma to put together his list of best spots to celebrate Oktoberfest in the spirit of the original.


Doors of brooklyn - joseph lee sweeney- brownstoner- UntappedCities-001Joseph Lee Sweeney’s “The Doors of Brooklyn,” 2004

Joseph Lee Sweeney’s The Doors of Brooklyn is an iconic poster that celebrates Brooklyn’s unique and diversified brownstones. Sweeney, a successful architect and photographer, documented hundreds of the borough’s doorways and chose his favorite 30 to create Doors. A former Park Slope resident, Sweeney once told the New York Daily News that he chose to document Brooklyn’s brownstone doors because “these great artistic masterpieces have become so much of our daily routine we barely notice them.”