The Writer’s Room, birthplace to more than 1,000 books
E.B. White once said, “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.” But what if writers stopped waiting for those conditions and tried renting them instead? We here at Untapped Cities have a thing for co-working spaces: last week we told you about The Oracle Club, the week before it was The Yard. Today we offer five spots dedicated exclusively to writers. (more…)
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
We’ve been noticing a trend lately of places that double as coffee shops and some other kind of shop. It got us wondering, is a good old cuppa joe not enough anymore? Are people so busy that they need to get their coffee and their floral arrangements in the same place? Or are shop owners just so ambitious that they can’t satisfy themselves by only focusing on one thing?
Whatever the answer, we have to admit that these shops are doing something right, and presenting us with some fun and quirky new ways to caffeinate ourselves. From a surf shop/coffee shop to an art gallery/coffee shop, here are 8 of the most interesting examples in NYC. If you know one that isn’t on this list, leave us a comment!
If you happen to need a surfboard along with your espresso, Saturdays Surf NYC in Soho is the place to go. Their coffee counter is right next to a display of surfboards. The shop also sells men’s clothes, surf gear, accessories and books. In the warmer months, grab a macchiato and head out back to sit in the courtyard. Saturdays also made our list of the Top 10 Coffee Shops in Manhattan (for Design Buffs). They’ve got a West Village location too. (more…)
Imagine walking through a discrete doorway, up (or down) stairs, to find yourself in a fine dining restaurant. These are New York City’s hidden restaurants. Like New York City’s hidden bars, these restaurants have unmarked entrances, or are discreetly hidden inside another establishment. Below we compiled a list of our 10 favorites, from a hidden Nordic eatery inside a Greenpoint bar to a ramen shop hiding in plain sight inside a Whole Foods.
In the tiny taqueria La Esquina on the Soho-Nolita border is a grey door simply marked employees only. With a reservation needed to gain entrance, one is brought to a fine dining brasserie in the basement. Serving dishes from Mexican style grilled corn to ceviche, an elevated selection of Mexican food is offered. (more…)
Welcome back to our new Untapped Cities series on NYC’s Micro Neighborhoods, where we delve into long standing ethnic enclaves.
View of the neighborhood with the George Washington Bridge in the backdrop. Photo via Esra Realty.
Little Dominican Republic
Washington Heights, Manhattan
Amidst the hills of Upper Manhattan, one can find New York’s Little Dominican Republic. The Washington Heights neighborhood, also referred to by locals as “The Heights,” is pleasantly nestled between Fort Washington Park (whose secrets are revealed here) and Highbridge Park. Sharing the northernmost tip of Manhattan with its sister neighborhood Inwood, both communities hold one of the greatest concentrations of Dominicans not only throughout the five boroughs, but outside of the Dominican Republic. The migration of Dominicans into this section of the city has resulted in one of the most culturally vibrant neighborhoods on the island of Manhattan. (more…)