03/12/14 12:00pm

Here’s a fun new urban project for you. The Sonnet Project from NY Shakespeare Exchange and its accompanying Android and iPhone app uses 154 unique New York City locations as a glorious backdrop for short films to go along with all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets. The Sonnet Project was started in an attempt to bring the presence of Shakespeare the playwright to those who have never experienced him.

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02/20/14 1:00pm

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This Fun Maps post is guest-written by Margaret McKenna, Head of Data and Analytics at RunKeeper, a free app for running, cycling and other fitness activities 

Recently the Flowing Data blog released a series of captivating maps created using public running routes from RunKeeper.  Many media outlets picked up the maps, and local newspapers were happy to see a reflection of their hometowns.  But tension arose around what the maps meant.

The Flowing Data editor suggested that the maps could be used by public officials for city planning. Meanwhile, The Washington Post’s Know More blog suggested the maps proved that only rich people use apps for fitness. One major problem with each of these arguments was that they assumed that the maps were correct.

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01/28/14 2:30pm

BatceilingGowanus Batcave 

Want the Untapped Cities lists on the go? Check out our Foursquare page and follow us for tips and download the app.

Our most popular list on Foursquare is our Abandoned NYC list. These are Untapped Cities’ favorite abandoned spots in NYC and the surrounding area. Some are break-in-able, some open to the public, some only for the intrepid. It features some great summer escapes like Fort Totten, Dead Horse Bay and Bannerman’s Island, as well as some great winter expeditions. Some places are harder to access, like Glenwood Power Plant and the Gowanus Batcave (both of which have recently been closed off for gutting/renovation, North Brother Island, and some of the abandoned theaters.

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11/26/13 3:00pm

bowery mural-street art-swoon-nyc-untapped citiesHurricane Sandy Themed Street Art Mural at Bowery Mural by Swoon

The owners of the Bowery Mural Wall have commissioned contemporary artists to paint gorgeous murals at this location since a Keith Haring piece in 1982. Currently, Brooklyn street artist Swoon has a piece on display–a Hurricane Sandy tribute–at Houston Street and Bowery. Last week Animal New York covered a cool app called Re+Public which uses your smartphone camera to visualize historical murals and street art. ”

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10/17/13 10:00am

City Noise-Roaring Twenties-Emily Thompson-VectorsBreakdown of city noise sources in the Roaring Twenties interactive site by Emily Thompson.

We came across this interesting study (via Studio-X NYC) into the historical soundscape of New York City. When you went out into the streets of New York in the Roaring Twenties, what did you hear? Written by historian Emily Thompson (author of The Soundscape of Modernity: Architectural Acoustics and the Culture of Listening in America (1900-1933)) and designed by Scott Mahoy, the site attempts to foster an interactive exploration of the historical soundscape of NYC. Thompson believes that a great deal of history is preserved through sound and the site helps to highlight some of the important (and not so much) sounds of close to a century ago.

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