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Our recent fun map about the farmhouse that moved from the Upper East Side to Greenwich Village reminded us of all the other buildings in NYC that were literally picked up and relocated. Here’s a list of these migrants and their stories!

1. The Empire Theater on 42nd Street

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Image via Cryptome 


Margaret Wise Brown House-121 Charles Street-Move from York Avenue-Vintage Photo-14th Street-NYCThe Charles Street farmhouse turns west on 14th Street, in 1967

We previously featured this little farmhouse that could at 121 Charles Street in Greenwich Village, which was moved in 1967 from the Upper East Side to save it from demolition. Last month, news broke that it might be razed for condos–something that the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation warned was a “misguided” assumption. GVSHP executive director Andrew Berman writes,


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Let’s face it: Manhattan is loud. Get in touch with your inner zen for a second and avoid the screeching noise of the subway at these five spots on the quieter side. Check out a bar opened by monks, a room filled with dirt, the smallest park in NYC, and more! (more…)

13th avenue manhattan daily what west village new york city untapped citiesThis is a view of 13th avenue. “13avenorth” by Jim.henderson at Wikipedia

There may be a 13th avenue in Brooklyn, but have you ever seen the minuscule 13th avenue in Manhattan? Despite its unassuming size, 13th Avenue holds prime Meatpacking District real estate with coveted Hudson River views. It lies just West of 11th Avenue (ironically, 13th Avenue doesn’t go anywhere near 12th Avenue), between Little West 12th Street and Gansevoort Street…but it wasn’t always so small. (more…)

Holey Donuts! is on the corner of Grove St and 7th Avenue South

We love our sweets here at Untapped Cities, particularly when it’s in a quirky location. You will remember how taken we were with that automated cupcake machine, or our roundup of the top 8 “indie” donut shops in NYC. Today this stopped us in our tracks.  Holey Donuts! are said to be great tasting without the fat, calories or guilt.

A regular donut can have as much as 15-35 grams of fat and have a calorie count north of 400.  But at Holey Donuts! they are talking more like 3-5 grams of fat due to a patented cooking process that avoids deep frying, and calories ranging from 170 to 280.  Up to now, they could only be purchased online and delivered by express mail.  But they are now venturing into the retail shop arena.



Not surprisingly, a lot has changed since the 70s — it’s hard to believe that “back in the day” there were certain streets people would  never cross because of the imminent danger. Then again, New York in the 70s has a horrific reputation — was it really that bad? To emphasize just how much the city has changed, we took a field trip to lower Manhattan and re-shot some of the locations featured on “Dirty Old 1970′s New York City” as they look today.

If you are a junky for anything related to the gritty and long-departed New York City of yore, then you are probably already a fan of the phenomenal “Dirty Old 1970′s New York City” page on Facebook. For those who are not familiar, this is a page run by an anonymous administrator who collects photographs of NYC during the 1970′s (and occasionally the late 1960′s and early 1980′s) from around the internet.  (more…)