Rori Highline hr_by Jacqui Polonko

The brightest object that most Manhattanites ever see in the night sky is the beacon on the Empire State Building, but it’s also possible to marvel at the wonders of the universe for free with a stargazing club – right in the center of the city.


Faith Ringgold's commissioned piece, 'Groovin High', for the High Line

Faith Ringgold describes herself as a painter, writer, speaker, mixed media sculptor and performance artist.  But she is probably best known for her story quilts and illustrated children’s books.  Raised in Harlem, her artistic focus and inspiration was on the fabric of her community, racial conflicts, the female view of the civil rights movement, inequality for women, and in particular, focusing on African-American women in their efforts to have their work recognized and admitted into galleries and museums.  (more…)

New Yorkers are constantly moving, focused on getting from Point A to Point B. We are so accustomed to walking that we neglect the many opportunities Manhattan presents us for sitting. This weekend, set aside some time to slow down and take a seat. Here are some unique city benches for relaxing, reading, or simply enjoying the view. You can also check out a map of our bench route here!

1. Grant’s Tomb

Grants Tomb-Bench-Mosaic-Chessboard-Manhattan-NYCImage via Flickr user Andrea

Grant’s Tomb in Morningside Heights is a presidential memorial overlooking the Hudson River. The monument is flanked by 17 colorful mosaic benches that compose a public art project called “The Rolling Bench.” Designed by artist Pedro Silva and architect Phillip Danzig, this disjointed sculpture was created by hundreds of children over a three-year period. Originally assembled in 1972, the benches pose a shocking contrast to the neoclassical tomb. They are reminiscent of Gaudí’s mosaic benches in Barcelona’s Park Güell.  (more…)

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Last year, the High Line offered walks on the third, final section of the elevated railway at Hudson Yards in conjunction with Carol Bove’s Caterpillar exhibit, a series of site specific works. They’re bringing the walks back as “Winter Walks.” It’ll be a little cold, but look how pretty it looks with some snow! Registration is currently open for dates through February. One Untapped tip to check out when you visit–there are dates on the tracks that say when it was installed, going back to 1913.

More photos of Carol Bove’s exhibit here and here. Read about the plans for Hudson YardsGet in touch with the author @untappedmich.

The High Line in New York City is one of the most well-known elevated parks, but around the world there are many similar urban reclamation projects underway. The success of the High Line inspired many other cities around the world to reuse and rethink space around old rail lines. Here are 10 plans from Europe, Canada, Australia, Asia, the United States and Mexico.


Spur-High Line-NYC-Untapped Cities-Bhushan Mondkar-013Image Credit: James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Courtesy of the City of New York and Friends of the High Line.

During the recent 2013 MAS summit for NYC, Joshua David, co founder of the High Line mentioned- “Most parks are places where people go to escape the city, The High Line is a place where you go to experience the city in new ways”

… and what an experience it has been! As we move onto the third and final section of this elevated park, Friends of High Line co-founder Robert Hammond and City councilman-elect Corey Johnson joined the design team at the School of Visual Art’s Beatrice Theater on Monday evening to present construction updates and unveil design concepts for the Spur- a unique space within the third section of the High Line.