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New York City’s tourism agency is hoping that these vintage-inspired, stylized new posters will encourage New Yorkers to go explore their own city. Here at Untapped Cities, we certainly support that message. After all, our long-standing tagline has been “Rediscover your city.” As The New York Times describes, the “See Your City” campaign from NYC & Company “spotlight sections of all five boroughs that might appeal to adventurous local residents.”

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The last time we heard from urban explorer __Macgyver and his crew, they were creating pyrotechnic fire art in New York City’s abandoned subway stations. This time, they’ve hit up the demolition at the beloved street art haven, 5Pointz which was whitewashed last year. In an evening raid, __MacgyverMr_Dume, Jenyc_photography, _Fabricios_franklyfrank and thompsonlxs_ capture what they describe to us as “a last hoorah” for 5Pointz. According to __Macgyver, 5Pointz “literally looked like it was blown away by a tornado.” Yet some of the street art was still intact. With a central building already down and the rest prepared for the wrecking ball, it is likely that 5Pointz will come down imminently.

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Photograph of the metal lined section of the tunnel.

Photograph of the metal lined section of the tunnel.

When was the last time you traveled through a tunnel into Manhattan? Perhaps it was during your subway ride to work, on a train from Penn Station, or even in a taxi coming back from a night out on the town. We take tunnels for granted these days, but prior to the 20th century, only one tunnel existed; a small tube built in 1892 by the East River Gas Company to supply gas to Manhattan, which is still in use today.

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GOTHAM-Fox-Dark Knight-Opening-Bryant Park-New York Public LIbraryOpening screening of Gotham, at the New York Public Library Bryant Park

One of the most anticipated new series this fall television season is FOX’s GothamInspired heavily by Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight film series, the show focuses on how comic book icons like commissioner  Jim Gordon, Selina Kyle (Catwoman), Oswald Cobblepot (The Penguin) and The Dark Knight himself lived in Gotham City before Batman. A month into the show’s run, what truly makes it stand out to us, among the other shows premiering this season, is the many scenes shot here in NYC. It only makes sense for the team behind Gotham to film in the city on which it got its name (unlike The Blacklist, set in DC but filmed entirely in New York) .  In honor of Comic-Con this weekend, we present a short listing of NYC film locations featured in Gotham.   (more…)

By the time New Amsterdam was founded in 1664, sundials had been around for millennia. More than that, they’d been replaced by clocks and were antiquated time-keeping objects. Nonetheless, sundials continued to persist and can be found all over New York City. While a few them are in working order, the sundials are remarkable for their historical range, with pieces constructed anywhere from the late 17th century to the present day. These 10 NYC sundials range widely in style and age, creating a mosaic of artistic periods. These unexpected sightings in New York City can be easily mistaken for just art pieces, so when you’re walking around keep an open eye.

1. Sun Sculpture, New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

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5pointz-secret punk show-graffiti-street art-lic-nycFilthy Savage play a secret show inside of 5Pointz, were demolition is currently underway. Image via Sixdust

As we should all know by now, not only has the historic 5Pointz been whitewashed in preparation for demolition, but demolition has already recently begun. But that didn’t stop a group of fearless individuals from throwing a secret punk show inside of the artistic landmark this past weekend, and we have the pictures and videos to prove it.

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