From Caffe Reggio–the place that claims to have brought the cappuccino to America–to Minetta Tavern, MacDougal Street plays host to its fair share of historic institutions. It has also been home to a series of the city’s most notable residences. Eleanor Roosevelt called the street home following the death of her husband, and Jackson Pollock lived on the private MacDougal Alley. The street lies at the heart of Greenwich Village, with the lifeblood of the neighborhood ever present on this dense strip. (more…)
Tucked away in a residential building in Greenwich Village, this gourmet eatery will make you reconsider everything you know about oatmeal. Opened in 2012, OatMeals is the world’s first oatmeal bar and serves 100% natural, whole grain steel cut oats. We’re not talking about a soggy, microwave-nuked morning snack—OatMeals takes its oats very seriously and uses highest quality ingredients. (more…)
With over 18,000 alcohol-serving establishments spread throughout the five boroughs, New York City is regularly in a state of good ol’ drunken merrymaking. Still, many of these locales may be just a bit too banal for the average bar hopper. Why sip at the ordinary surface-planted saloon, when you can go to a discreet subterranean spot?! For those who just imagined themselves bragging about their experience with the latter, here are 10 subterranean bars and lounges to satisfy the underground explorer within you!
1. Little Branch, 22 7th Ave South
Guests delighting by the bar counter at Little Branch. Photo via My Odyssey Years.
At Untapped Cities, we have a particular interest in repurposed places. New York City has historically been adept at adaptive reuse, though there are plenty of examples of the city forgetting this particular skill too. In addition to NYC’s repurposed banks, churches, synagogues, theaters, psychiatric asylums, and parking garages, here are eight fire stations that have been converted into great uses.
1. Downtown Community Television Center, 87 Lafayette Street
Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest film, Inside Llewyn Davis, is a dark comedy about a week in the life of an aspiring folk singer played by Oscar Isaac. Loosely based on real life folk musician Dave Van Ronk’sposthumous auto-biography The Mayor of MacDougal Street, the film takes place predominately in the Greenwich Village area, during the folk revival scene of the early 1960’s. The film has received numerous awards and nominations from film institutions and critic circles around the country.
The Coens decided to shoot most of the film on location in Greenwich Village and in Queens. Here is a list of film locations where the Coen Brothers filmed their 19th feature film.
This 17-story building on the corner of East 10th Street and Broadway is home to nearly 575 New York University freshmen. Constructed in 1929, Brittany Hall at 55 East 10th Street served as a luxury hotel long before its status as a dormitory.
Now, these NYU students have the benefit of high pre-war ceilings and a terrific proximity to the renowned Grace Church. This residence hall also features a penthouse suite, now a 24 hour study lounge, with bewitching views and a Prohibition-era history. (more…)