Here’s what the Untapped Cities staff is reading in the HQ today!

New York City

In his recent photo essay on Long Island City’s Court Square, Curbed’s Nathan Kensinger, documents how older industrial warehouses and businesses are rapidly being replaced by new residential towers. Several major new projects are currently underway so the population of the area will be increasing exponentially. However, as local residents remark, the rapid redevelopment is leaving very few amenities behind.

Thomas Rinaldi, author of the book  New York Neon,  which documents New York City’s rapidly disappearing neon signs, highlights neon signs hidden by newer signs on his blog. Tom will give an illustrated lecture about the signs at the New York Public Library on July 22. 


Tomorrow is your last chance to see the thrilling exhibition “DYNAMO: A century of light and motion in art, 1913-2013” in the Grand Palais. The exhibition explores the notions of space, vision and light running through abstract art of the 20th century. On view until  Monday. Browse the exhibition on or take a virtual tour of the Grand Palais.

Messy Nessy Chic tells a fascinating story of Goussainville-Vieux Pays, a spooky deserted town just a thirty minute drive north from the Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris.

Los Angeles 

Highly rcommended: the Gagosian Gallery show by he Inez & Vindooh- Dutch husband-and-wife photography duo that has been a “name” in the field for decades . More information on LA I’m Yours.

Los Angeles Magazine’s City Think Blog tells the story behind 19th century LA’s Most Eccentric House.


Hyperallergic offers a stunning photographic round- up of 19th century museum galleries that are long gone. Glimpse into the Naples Museum, the Field Museum in Chicago or the Egyptian Gallery of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences without leaving your desk.

Photographers Daniel Barter and Daniel Marbaix toured the United States to capture derelict public buildings. Take a look at the majestic and eerie photo essay of their work recently featured in the Guardian.


Get in touch with the author @tendrebarbare.

 abandoned, Grand Palais, Linkages, long island city, museums, photography, urban planning

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