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In an old storefront on 165th Street in Jamaica, Queens, is an unobtrusive art exhibition in a sea of clothing stores and food carts. Passersby stand in front of the clear glass doors, while expressions of confusion and amusement cross their faces as they try to decipher the colorful installations within. Inside the four walls of the repurposed building is Jameco Exchange, a site-specific art exhibit that celebrates the rich history and diversity of Jamaica.


Brooilyn Museum Coney Island Untapped Cities AFineLyneThe Hug: Closed Eyes and Smith, 1982. Photo via brooklynmuseum.org

Our December curation of installations and urban exhibits is filled with cool and quirky, beautiful, delicious and heart-warming installations all around New York City. From the world’s most expensive dollhouse to an exhibition about affordable housing, a new historical exhibit about Coney Island, and a photography exhibit about Frank Sinatra, here are 15 installations and events not to miss:


1-Linda Cunningham No Longer Empty Untapped Cities AFineLyne“Surviving Then and Now” South Bronx Sagas” by artist Linda Cunningham

The No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab (NLE Lab) is addressing one of New York’s hot topics – community change – with its current exhibit NLE Lab: Intersecting Imaginaries. The subject matter, shown in visual form, explores the culture and current environment of the South Bronx, and at the same time, draws parallels with current changes going on throughout New York City. The exhibit addresses what happens when community connections are broken, and the many issues that affect the people who live there via site-specific works by a collection of artists.


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The Old Bronx Borough Courthouse, the site of No Longer Empty’s latest exhibition.

Built between 1905-1914, the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse at 878 Brook Street has been shuttered for the last 37 years. Now, it’s been reopened for the first time as part of No Longer Empty‘s series of public art programs in underutilized spaces. When You Cut Into the Present the Future Leaks Out brought together 26 artists from the Bronx and across New York to create site-specific work drawing inspiration from the structure, its history, and the surrounding neighborhood.


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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.



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…)