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What do you get when you pair iconic, non-traditional, often historic venues with new, up-and-coming artists?: a unique experience that fans couldn’t get in a larger venue. Artists Den is a critically acclaimed show that is, in the words of the founder Mark Lieberman, “A curator of the very best breaking artists.”

As part of the show, talented artists and live performers with original material are paired with intimate, unique settings to suit their individual styles. The result is an intimate, inimitable music experience from some of the industry’s best acts. The three-time Emmy nominated series is currently broadcasted on public television, and is also popular in the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and Latin America.



In a nutshell, comedian Trent Gillaspie summarizes New York City as “the city that never sleeps with the same person twice.” It’s important information to know if you’re a tourist visiting the most populous city in the United States, or fair warning if you’re a New Yorker. Whereas cheesy guidebooks point out tourist–laden attractions and overpriced restaurants, Gillaspie’s new book, Judgmental Maps, based on his popular blog, offers straightforward, concise and brutally honest insight into some of America’s greatest cities. You may well remember his previous Judgmental Map of New York City that we featured here on Untapped Cities.



We’ve been talking about the Second Avenue Subway for a while, haven’t we? Before jet travel, World War II and, well, almost everything, but now, it’s (nearly) here! Many of you have already seen the videos of test trains running along the new line. In the last week, the MTA has started with a new advertising campaign to herald the arrival. Subway entrances and signage have started to incorporate the old W train icon again. As you prepare for the launch of the Second Avenue Subway and the return of the W train, here’s a guide to how it’s all going to work:


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Every city has places that serve as a reminder to some of its darker points in history and New York City is no exception. Untapped Cities regularly features parts of the city that could be considered “dark tourism” – or visiting places associated with death, suffering or disaster.

On Wednesday, October 26th, join Untapped Cities founder Michelle Young and bioethicist Elizabeth Yuko in the panel discussion “Let’s Get Ethical” on dark tourism at Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens at 7:30 p.m. The event will begin with a brief lecture on Lizzie Borden and her former home, which is now a museum and bed & breakfast, followed by a conversation on the ethics of dark tourism. Tickets are $6 and on sale now.

To get a taste of what is considered dark tourism, here are a few places previously featured in Untapped Cities that fall under this category:

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    We’re all guilty of resorting to Wikipedia whenever we need to write a history report or organize a presentation. Instead of pulling your information from a questionable source, why not speak with a librarian from the New York Public Library? In this video on Great Big StoryLibrarian Serena Jimenez talks about the help-line that answers more than 30,000 calls a year.