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Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton by John Turnbull. Image via Museum of the City of New York

This past Friday, February 5th, the Museum of the City of New York opened an exhibit on early American portraiture titled Picturing Prestige: New York Portraits, 1700-1860. Curated by Bruce Weber, the exhibit illustrates early New York’s growth as a city and arts capital featuring paintings of New York High Society, Titans of Industry, and some of our nation’s Founding Fathers. (more…)

fake book decoration-Grolier Club-NYC-Untapped Cities-Vera PenavicHanging wooden book bindings used as a prop in a school play. 

The Grolier Club, located on East 60th Street in Manhattan, is America’s oldest and largest society for bibliophiles and graphic art enthusiasts founded in 1884. Once you step inside, the reverent silence, almost library-like, cuts out the noise and bustle that defines Midtown. On the second floor is an interesting new exhibit that showcases “blooks”: book-looking things that can be anything except actual books. The exhibit, titled Blooks: The Art of Books That Aren’t, showcases the wonderful, antique collection of Mindell Dubansky’s book-shaped objects. (more…)

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Washington Street 1985 © Brian Rose

The swank boutiques, high-end galleries, and ritzy accommodations of today’s Meatpacking District are a far cry from the seedy desolation that dominated the area in the 1980s. Lucky for us, photographer Brian Rose set out to document the neighborhood in 1985, when the stench of meat and blood still permeated the streets.

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EvanBindelglass_UntappedCities_BlacksmithCentralPark06Blacksmith Larry Hagberg and his forge

There is a man working for the NYC Parks Department in Central Park whose profession many think has gone the way of the telegram. His name is Larry Hagberg. He’s a 61-year-old native of Queens and he has been a blacksmith since 1976.

Hagberg was kind enough to recently welcome us to his shop, which is part of the Parks Department’s larger 86th Street Shops.  (more…)

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Meet Galdino Molinero, master of tortas. His truck is Tortas Neza. Be intimidated by his torta of infamy, the Pumas.

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Just outside the 111th street station in Corona, under the shade of the tracks above, Tortas Neza has been around for twelve years. Mr. Molinero has always had a loyal following which grew with long deserved recognition as a 2012 Vendy Awards finalist. He’s a charming, laid back guy who exudes that feeling of someone actually enjoying what they do and where they are. (more…)