Barretto Point Park-Hunts Point-The Bronx-Floating Pool-NYC-3Photo by Malcolm Pinckney via NYC Parks

Among New York City’s 520 miles of coastline and far from the hordes of people that crowd New York’s more popular beaches are a host of lesser known parks offering waterfront access, panoramic views, and even natural wildlife discovery. The city published a map of all of New York’s public waterfront space, but we’ve picked out some of the most interesting from each of the five boroughs. Check them out!


In early April, in partnership with the NYCEDC, we took Untapped Cities readers into the abandoned Staten Island Farm Colony with Nate Gray, a Vice President from the NYCEDC and the architect from Vengoechea+ Boyland Architecture in charge of its transformation into the Landmark Colony, a multi-use complex with senior housing, affordable housing, and new public space. It was a rare opportunity to access the off-limits site, and guests were allowed to roam fairly freely to take photographs and explore inside some of the buildings. Watch the quick video we made above of the exploration and see more photographs and information about the project here.

Discover more of our upcoming Behind the Scenes tours of NYC.

Spread across the five boroughs of New York City, the Fire Alarm Telegraph Stations stand in City parks as reminders of the City’s efforts decades ago to improve the efficiency of its fire fighting system. They are architecturally distinctive buildings set in bucolic park settings, with minimal signage to indicate their purpose. (more…)

10 Repurposed Theaters in NYC

04/19/2016 at 9:00 am

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You have no idea how many times this native has planned to see a show, enters the building, and then leaves curious about how the owner repurposed the space for art.  It’s easy to miss if you find yourself outside of the amazing theatre district during the day. However, if you are a theatre lover, especially of Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway, performance art, and/or avant garde, then we have a fun and artistic scavenger hunt for you. We present the many repurposed theaters in New York City. Happy hunting! (more…)

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Though not one of New York City’s most famous bridges, the Bayonne Bridge was a record breaking bridge – longer than the Sydney Harbour Bridge – and changes are en route for this connection that stretches between Staten Island and Bayonne, New Jersey. With help from Bridge Man, Dave Frieder, here are 10 secrets of the Bayonne Bridge:

Fort-Victoria-New York City-Untapped Cities-Dan ThurberSS Willochra, later the RMS Fort Victoria. Image via Wikipemedia Commons

On October 26, 1930 this headline burst from the pages of the New York Herald-Tribune: “Sunken Fort Victoria, Menace to Navigation, is Blasted Downward Into Floor of Bay.” In a word: WHAT?!

The “Fort Victoria” in question was a ship (which makes the headline only marginally less amusing), a passenger steamer that began life in 1912 as the SS Willochra owned by the Adelaide Steamship Co., of New Zealand. By 1929, after changing hands, it was known as the SS Fort Victoria and was being used to carry tourists between New York City and Hamilton, Bermuda.