Feltman’s Hot Dogs is returning to Luna Park. Image from Library of Congress, Boston Public Library

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

  • Mary Lee the Shark is probably headed to NJ [Gothamist]: The best indication that summer’s arrived is the return of Mary Lee, our friendly local Great White Shark—and indeed, she may pay New Jersey a visit this weekend. Mary Lee winters down south, but the folks at OCEARCH, who stuck a tracking device on Mary Lee years ago, say the Atlantic’s loveliest Carcharodon carcharias pinged off the coast of Virginia recently, and she’s probably headed to the Jersey Shore for Memorial Day weekend. However, she probably will not eat you, and if you see her just let her swim at her leisure.
  • The 22nd annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts is this weekend []: The three-day downtown arts festival, whose theme this year is Art V Tyranny, seeks to show a lively downtown arts scene in an era when everything from funding cuts to technology, science and affordable housing puts pressure on the arts. The festival includes hundreds of well-known and emerging artists ranging from theater to dance, music to movies, a street fair and art exhibit. This celebration collectively provides a showcase of downtown’s artistic diversity and energy, while seeking to “take up art” against a sea of troubles. The theme of Art V. Tyranny, with the V as a kind of victory sign as well as a sign of resistance, seeks to shine a spotlight on the need for the arts for a healthy life and economy. As part of the festival, TNC typically closes down 10th Street between First and Second avenues for a street festival filled with vendors.
  • Feltman’s Hot Dogs to Open at Historic Coney Island Location with Frank Giveaway [AMNY]: A free taste of history is yours when Feltman’s Hot Dogs reopens at its original Coney Island location this Memorial Day. The hot dog vendor, whose original founder Charles Feltman is credited with inventing the sausage-on-a-bun sandwich 150 years ago, is giving away free frankfurters at the grand opening of a stand near the main entrance to Coney Island’s Luna Park at noon Monday. Attendees should arrive early for a complimentary beef frank with toasted potato bun; a newsletter from the amusement park guarantees vittles for only the first 150 guests.

Today’s popular Untapped Cities reads:

  1. 10 Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings In and Around NYC
  2. NYC Film Locations for Billions on Showtime
  3. 10 Off-the-Beaten Path Ways to Spend Memorial Day Weekend 2017 in New York City


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