Today’s Daily What?! is this view of the East Side Access construction snapped from atop the Long Island City Clocktower. Underground, massive tunnels have been constructed that connect Sunnyside Queens to a new Long Island Railroad Terminal that will sit underneath the current Grand Central Terminal tracks.
Photo Source: woodenddesigner
The round-up of our favorite links this week curated by the Untapped Cities’ staff includes the fate of 5Pointz in Long Island City and a park modeled after a city.
Happy 100th anniversary to the Woolworth building. Did you know this historic building includes a pool in the sub-basement? [NY Historical Society]
The fate of 5Pointz in Long Island City has been decided. Take a look at the new redevelopment plans. [Curbed]
In his series SkyArt, French artist Thomas Lamadieu is inspired by the empty spaces of sky that form between city buildings. [Good]
EuropaCity, one of the largest developments between Paris and Roissy in France, is to be modeled after a city. [Atlantic Cities]
In Mont-St.Michel, a $285 million restoration project is causing confusion and anger among locals. [NY Times]
Europe is incredibly diverse and expansive. When planning your next trip, consider incorporating one of these seven notable walks. [NY Times]
This past Saturday evening, Untapped Cities, Local Roots NYC and No Longer Empty produced a dinner in the Clocktower in Long Island City, the abandoned Bank of Manhattan. The 5-course meal by Chef Will Griffin, using locally sourced food, was complemented by docent tours of the exhibition on its final weekend, a trip up to the Clocktower with 360 degree views of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, and a performance by artist Hayoon Jay Lee.
The evening benefited arts non-profit No Longer Empty, which curates exhibitions in unused storefronts in New York City. Special thanks to our liquor sponsor Punzone Vodka. The night also marked the launch of the Untapped Cities/Local Roots NYC Dinner Series, pairing local chefs and fare with New York City’s most unique locations. The next Untapped Cities Event: Prohibition NYC, an over-the-top speakeasy event at a secret location curated by Bravo chefs Rob McCue and Adam Banks.To stay in-the-know of Untapped Cities events, sign up for our mailing list.
Would you consider the ubiquitous elevator worthy of a shrine? Apparently this humble-seeming mode of transportation has more devotees in New York City than you’d think. There are two different elevator museums in the city–the Long Island City Elevator Historical Society and The Museum–both totally different but equally worthy of perusal. However, how would you distinguish one elevator museum from the next? Having been to both, I’ll say this: it all depends on whether you want to learn about elevators or have your understanding of their function revolutionized.
Long Island City Elevator Historical Society
The Museum on Cortlandt Alley
5Pointz Aerosol Art Center
This weekend I had the opportunity to take a SideTour experience of 5Pointz Art Center, an outdoor art exhibit space in Long Island City, Queens where artists from around the world paint on the walls of a 200,000-square-foot factory building complex. Our guide was Meres One, a talented artist and the curator of 5pointz, which is nicknamed “The Institute of Higher Burnin.” Meres is an engaging guide, and has a way of making the artwork come alive as he shares stories of artists, often with themes of personal loss and overcoming obstacles such as medical illness that effected the creative process. (more…)
Our curated events picks for this week: E.L. Doctorow reading at MCNY, No Longer Empty + Local Roots 5 course fundraising dinner, Chinatown Restaurant Week.
MONDAY, MARCH 11: “We stood in the shadow of the Trylon and Preisphere, and I felt these familiar forms, huge and white, granted some sort of beneficence to my shoulders.” So says the narrator of World’s Fair: A Novel, the 1986 National Book Award Winner by celebrated novelist E.L. Doctorow, which recreates the magic of the 1939 New York World’s Fair as seen through the eyes of a young boy. Join Mr. Doctorow as he reads excerpts from his novel, followed by a discussion with the audience. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s. 6:30pm at MCNY, 1220 5th Avenue. Reservations required. $6 Museum members / $8 students & seniors / $12 general admission. RSVP here. (more…)