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Here at Untapped Cities, we have strong ties to both New York City and Paris. As the founder of Untapped Cities, I was born in New York but lived in Paris in 2010, and my husband Augustin Pasquet, who manages partnerships and advertising for Untapped Cities, moved to New York City from Paris in 2012. Many of our contributors live in Paris and for many years we ran a subsite, Untapped Paris as well. This year, part of our team spent all of April and May living and working in Paris, and a large portion of August.

There is a kinship between New York City and Paris – so different physically, even culturally, but similar in spirit. When I was married, I thought long and hard about whether to change my last name. In the end, I kept both, and I’m glad because today I also feel French. It is with sadness that I see what people are willing to do to the places that so many call home, places that have such rich history and culture, whether New York City or Paris, or elsewhere. But we cannot succumb to fear. Cities like New York City and Paris must continue to be melting pots, to welcome the world to its doorsteps and to invite them in – porte ouverte.


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Last night, Untapped Cities contributor Rachel Fawn Alban shared this trippy photograph she took of the National September 11th Memorial, with a footprint of the World Trade Center towers reflected in the fog against One World Trade Center. While this is not the most overt photograph of Veterans Day in New York City by far, the subtleness of the image makes it our pick to mark the holiday – a reminder of those lost and who served on 9/11 and in the conflicts before and since.

Follow Rachel Alban on Instagram @fawn_nyc and read her contributions on Untapped Cities. Next, see the 11 year construction of One World Trade Center in this video.

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The Walk, a film by Robert Zemeckis and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt tells the story of tight rope walker Philippe Petit who gave New Yorkers a 45-minute performance atop a wire between the original World Trade Center towers on the morning of August 7th, 1974. The subject of an impressive Academy Award-wining documentary, Man on Wire, Petit will get the big screen treatment in The Walk, which opens on September 30th. While the story is amazingly true, the promotional poster, featuring star Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Petit, gets one major detail wrong: the location of the Twin Towers. The World Trade Center towers are placed in midtown Manhattan, just next to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, over 3.5 miles from where they belong on the west side of Lower Manhattan. Oops…


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Danish architect Bjarke Ingels is most notable to New Yorkers these days as the designer of 2 World Trade Center, the final building slated for construction that will overlook the former Ground Zero in the new World Trade Center complex. His body of work, however, is growing in New York City with the Dry Line and the unique residential building in Hell’s Kitchen,VIA 57 West. His firm BIG is one of the hottest in the industry right now, translating the wacky and intricate modern designs Ingels is known for in Europe to the New York stage. There’s also a project, nicknamed “The Tostito” coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

In a new interactive and video from The New York Times, Ingels notes how Manhattan has welcomed him since moving a branch of his Copenhagen firm to New York in 2011. Ingel’s redesigned 2 World Trade Center, conceived of as a leaning stack of sharp-edged boxes, with outdoor terraces on the 80th floor and above, should be one of the more interesting sights in the Financial District, along with being the fifth tallest building in New York City. An interactive 360-view of the planned building can be seen here.


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This question pops up around the Untapped Cities office pretty often. What’s the latest tallest building in New York City? With so many supertall buildings going up, particularly on the residential end, it can be hard to keep track. This will be our official tally (updated as new buildings come into play, or get chopped down by the powers that be) of the tallest buildings in New York City:


EarthCam, a leading network of live cameras broadcasting scenes from around the world, has just released a time lapse video of the entire construction of One World Trade Center, which took place from October 2004 to Memorial Day 2015. The video, which captures the construction from a number of different angles, condenses the eleven-year project into a paltry two minutes.