We all love our iconic, innovative, and picturesque bridges (insert photos of the Brookly, Manhattan, and Queensboro Bridges here), but New York City is home to far more bridges, each with its own unique story to tell. Below, we round up some of the city’s “other” bridges, who have made the cut either for their obscurity, their interesting history, or their other distinguished features. (more…)

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As we sailed north, along Manhattan’s iconic skyline, the tall, taller and tallest of its architecture, soon blurred into a forested landscape and rocky terrain, reminiscent of the Mannahatta that Henry Hudson discovered four hundred years ago. The transition was quite evident as the Untapped Cities crew took to the waters aboard the classic harbor line yacht ‘Manhattan ‘ inspired by the famous (and infamous) commuter yachts of the roaring twenties. The three hour spectacle- called the Around Manhattan Architectural tour sponsored by the New York chapter of American Institute of Architects, offers some stunning insights into the past, present and future of the ever evolving city and its waterfront.


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Yesterday, the 2014 Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance Conference fittingly took place aboard a Hornblower Cruise boat which took attendees on a tour around the New York City harbor while speeches and panels about rebuilding New York City’s waterfront took place.

As the boat passed South Street Seaport, a small group congregated at the prow of the boat staring as plumes of dust seems to rise up from the river. The mall at Pier 17 was midway into demolition. Those working nearby said they had been documenting the demolition from their offices above, but the view from the river really brought a new perspective.


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The East River has seen an unprecedented amount of growth and development over the course of the Bloomberg administration, and the Openhousenewyork architectural boat tour of the East River emphasized that. We joined OHNY and speakers Justin Davidson, the architecture critic of NY Magazine, Robert Balder, executive director of Cornell’s College of Architecture Art and Planning in NYC, Andrew Winters, the director of capital projects and planning for Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island, Deborah Marton, senior vice president of programs for the New York Restoration Project, and Philip Orton, a research scientist at Stevens Institute of Technology, for an architectural boat tour of the East River. As they pointed out some key sites, the experts discussed what makes for successful vs. unsuccessful urban planning on the waterfront. Here are some highlights:  (more…)


On Saturday, 27 members of the North Brooklyn Boating Club completed a circumnavigation of Manhattan. This was the club’s first circumnavigation of Manhattan, and their flotilla included canoes, kayaks and a row boat.  Fellow Untaped Cities contributor Charles-Antoine Perrault, was also present for this amazing trip.


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Earlier this week, we published a photo essay about notable spots along the Hudson River in “Thirteen of NYC’s Most Important Architectural Sites on the Hudson River.” The East River, in contrast, is in a different state of development with new sleek skyscrapers abutting both active and abandoned industrial sites. Untapped Cities photographer Troy Hahn went by East River Ferry to photograph these elements on the Brooklyn side, showing how new and old co-exist. Inevitably with the course of development, some industrial elements will be lost but sites along the East River such as Long Island City and the Brooklyn Navy Yard have embraced or built around their historical elements.