07/18/14 9:00am

Bar Subway Map-Thrillist-NYCImage via Thrillist

You may remember the map that called out the best coffee shops near each subway station in ManhattanQueens and Brooklyn. Well, Thrillist has just done the same thing but for bars! With this creative take on the traditional subway map, it’s easy to find any local drinking hole near subway stations around Manhattan . Broken down further by subway line for clear viewing, here are their callouts:


07/14/14 12:00pm

 NYC-Music-Map-Full-View-Untapped-CitiesPhoto via Constantine Valhouli

It would be nearly impossible to visualize the songs that reference and are inspired by New York City – until now. Real estate developer Constantine Valhouli (whose past exploits include a Facebook hoax centered around fake memorial plaques) took it upon himself to comb Wikipedia’s list of songs referencing New York City, and has created an interactive map which puts a pin on the location mentioned in each song. (more…)

07/11/14 1:00pm



In this installment of Fun Maps, we looked at a 1970′s New York City subway map we had lying around the Untapped HQ and we found subway relic of the past. On September 23rd, 1978, amidst struggles to put into place rebuilding projects from the 1960s and an impending train operator strike, the Transit Authority introduced the “Train to the Plane” or the “JFK Express.” The ride charged premium fare and featured higher quality train cars. The train was actually slower than the A service, though many residents of Howard Beach, Queens were happy to pay extra for a more comfortable ride to work or home.


07/10/14 2:00pm

velvet underground-nico-nyc-warhol-mapImage via Flickr: thatspep

At a time when the majority of people around the world were “California Dreaming“, the Velvet Underground were un-apologetically representative of the much grittier New York City experience. And as the Velvet Underground’s critical stature grew to astronomical heights after their initial 1960s heyday (thanks in no small part to the involvement of NYC art icon Andy Warhol), they have become one of the city’s  most recognizable cultural benchmarks. Flavorwire were keen enough to put together a Velvet Underground map of New York City to illustrate just how intrinsically connected they were to the streets of NYC. You can view it below:


07/04/14 1:00pm

Urban-Reviewer-Full-Maps-Splash-Screen-Untapped-CitiesPhoto via Urban Reviewer

The Urban Reviewer is an interactive map of NYC  ”master plans” (aka, urban renewal plans), where tenants were re-located in order to clear the way for urban development plans. The city has been funding urban development projects in neighborhoods they deemed “blighted” since 1949, but the maps starts in ’52. The map is by the 596 Acres group, which is dedicated to mapping publicly owned land so neighborhoods could access and utilize community owned spaces.


06/23/14 1:00pm

Pneumatic-Tube-System-Untapped-CitiesPhoto via Twitter user Tim Wallace

As we’ve mentioned before, New York City’s original pneumatic tube mail network has a fairly interesting history, transporting mail–and once, even a cat–throughout the city from 1897 to 1953. There are some remnants of the 27-mile postal system (which linked 23 post offices) still viewable to the intrepid, but images like this early-twentieth-century map reveal the extent of the unique delivery system and the promise it once held, as well as how some destinations on the network have evolved.