Houdini’s monument in Machpelah Cemetery. Image via houdini.org
In Glendale, Queens, near Cypress Hills Street and the Jackie Robinson Parkway lies a small, isolated Jewish burial ground called Machpelah Cemetery. Despite Machpelah Cemetery’s somewhat abandoned state, one of the most famous men in the world is buried near its entrance: Harry Houdini.
What happens to all the Christmas trees that get thrown out after the holidays? Besides city-wide sponsored mulchfests (this weekend) and curbside collection by the Department of Sanitation, whereupon it gets turned into compost, some Brooklyn trees have the distinct honor of becoming part of the Suspended Forest, a site-specific installation by San Francisco-based artist Michael Neff.
Part of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail in Van Cortlandt Park. Image via imjustwalkin
Hiking in New York City? Yep, you can do that. It’s not always necessary to drive out into the middle of nowhere to find the solitude of a forest or trail – you can find it right here in New York City and in any of the five boroughs. Most of the trails go back to the Native Americans era and were formed thousands of years ago by natural processes, maintained now by the NYC Parks Department. All you need to do is gather up your gear and hop on train or bus to get there!
So before winter arrives, check out these peaceful nature trails, which are perfect for explorative walks, jogs or bike rides.
A shop in Little India in Jackson Heights, Queens. Image via NY Daily News
Chinatown and Little Italy are probably the first locations that come to mind when you think of New York City’s diversity and immigrant history. However, there were several other immigrant groups that migrated and clustered into various neighborhoods, forming smaller ethnic enclaves that also contribute to New York City’s identity as the “melting pot.”
Last year we published a series called NYC’s Micro Neighborhoods, which had more in-depth articles on specific ethnic communities. To provide you with a thorough guide to New York City’s diverse areas, for this list we combined neighborhoods mentioned in NYC’s Micro Neighborhoods with an additional 10 more to check out. Enjoy!
Though opinions on Christopher Columbus have drastically changed in recent years (Seattle recently swapped Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples’ Day), Columbus has long been at the center of our national consciousness and New York City’s in particular. Columbia College was christened in 1784, Manhattan’s Ninth Avenue was renamed Columbus Avenue in 1890 and Columbus Circle was constructed in 1905. There are also five statues of Christopher Columbus across four boroughs (for a time, three of the five were in Manhattan), only George Washington has more. Presented below from most famous to most obscure are New York City’s Columbus monuments.
Every year, Open House New York weekend is one of our readers’ favorite events, allowing them access into hard-to-visit sites and to take in unique programming in others. While the full list of sites won’t be released until early October, we’ve partnered up with OHNY to curate this feature of special locations you shouldn’t miss in this year’s lineup, selected especially for Untapped Cities readers.
This year’s Open House New York, which will take place on October 17th and 18th, will be more “open” than ever, with many locations (and all the ones featured below) now accessible through Open Access, meaning no need to battle for those advance reservations. Stay tuned for an additional guide we will publish, also in partnership with OHNY, on the special programs this year, “Engineering New York” and “Final Mile: Food Systems of New York.”