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Specials on C art space in a bodega destroyed by Hurricane Sandy NYC Untapped CitiesPhoto via Specials on C’s Facebook page

When Hurricane Sandy came ripping through New York City, as many Untapped readers will recall, Lower Manhattan was consumed by a blackout and awash in floods. For many small businesses, the damage was devastating. Yet, where one bodega was wrecked, the community seized the opportunity to do something productive. Thus, Specials on C was born.

The vacant bodega on the corner of East 12th Street and Avenue C has found new life as a creative space for social projects. According to Specials on C’s website, “It’s not a gallery, or a venue, it’s a safe space for your social experiments.” The former bodega hosts art shows, interactive and performance art, concerts, pop-up shops, workshops and video nights.  (more…)

Sheep Station Getty Station W 24th Street Chelsea NYC Untapped Cities

At the site of a former gas station on the corner of West 24th Street and 10th Avenue right under the High Line in Chelsea, a flock of sheep stand grazing on grassy hills. Paul Kasmin Gallery (which also represents Kenny Scharf) and real estate developer/art collector Michael Shvo are responsible for placing “Sheep Station” by the late artist François-Xavier Lalanne on the site. We previously covered the station in September but go see it now before it gets taken down: Sheep Station will remain on display until November 24th. (more…)

Future of Home living PSFK Untapped Cities

With the first prefabricated apartment in NYC going and city-sponsored micro-apartment competitions, New York City is actively examining the changing landscape of urban living. Presented by PSFK.com in a residential building in Chelsea, The Future of Home Living pop-up exhibition displays over 70 innovative products and designs that could potentially transform how we live in the city. And it looks like things are going to become more customizable, more efficient and more sustainable.

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Pop-Up Pianos-Play Me I'm Yours-Paris-CDG Airport-2013

This year’s pop-up piano festival in Paris, Play Me I’m Yours, just concluded on July 9th, but there’s one piano still surprising visitors daily. In the beautiful Terminal 2E at Charles de Gaulle Airport sits an impromptu piano, unpainted like the Play Me I’m Yours pianos, but still a welcome respite for weary travelers. It’s not part of the official festival, but someone has clearly taken the cue.

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Courtesy of Kate SpadePhoto courtesy of Kate Spade

Clothes delivered to your door within the hour, at the tap of a finger—with the help of life-size touch screens and eBay, the new Kate Spade Saturday pop-up shops are taking window shopping to a new level throughout downtown Manhattan. The brand, a more casual, less expensive offshoot of Kate Spade, is offering passers-by a mix of online and in-person shopping through its 24-hour window shops.  (more…)

conflict-kitchen-kubideh-kitchen-iranThe original iteration of Conflict Kitchen, Kubideh Kitchen serves Iranian takeout. Source: Conflict Kitchen.

In the three years since it opened, Pittsburgh’s Conflict Kitchen has served Iranian, Afghan, Venezuelan and Cuban food under four different names. The pop-up style restaurant is currently an Iranian restaurant called Kubideh Kitchen. But next month, the cuisine could be North Korean, Israeli or Palestinian. By serving food only from regions that are in conflict with the United States, the restaurant aims to bring social and political consciousness to the dinner table with the goal of familiarizing the foreign.  (more…)

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