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

New York City

The New York Times reviewed the Midtown ice bar, Minus 5, located within the Hilton, which has two other locations in Las Vegas: Mandalay Bay and the Monte Carl. Critic Brian Sloan recommends the chilly spot for the experience, but not necessarily the drinks themselves. Check it out, but be sure to bundle up before entering!

The Bowery Boys brings us an always welcome piece of quirky New York history.  In 1911, John Wanamaker, a retailer from Philadelphia, wanted to generate publicity for his New York store by flying a giant hydrogen balloon from the Astor Place department store to his Philadelphia location. Read about how it turned out here!

The heat wave is over… for the most part. Some areas, like South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, have few trees and hard, dark surfaces, causing the neighborhood to stay overheated. Co.Exist published a great piece explaining this phenomenon in light of a new NIH study that has found racially segregated neighborhoods to be more prone to heat waves.


Messy Nessy Chic posted some amazing photos this week of a flight school on top of Galeries Lafayette department store, taken in 1932. No official records were found of this “school,” but the photos prove that this unbelievable practice really did take place!


A recent study found that cities in the United States may actually be safer than rural areas, in some ways. Although homicide rates run high in cities, people are more than twice as likely to be killed in a violent car accident in non-urban areas. Read more on The Atlantic Cities.

Also from The Atlantic Cities are these great photos of the latest installment in the ultra-eerie art project “1000 Shadows.” Artist Herbert Baglione has painted creepy shadow figures in abandoned locations in Paris, Madrid, and now Parma, Italy. Brace yourself; these paintings are beautiful, but they might give you nightmares!

Get in touch with the author @YiinYangYale.

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