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On April 1, 1889, the Board of Trustees of Columbia University voted to found Barnard College, which became the first college available to women in New York City. Columbia College’s long-time president, Frederick A. P. Barnard, was a strong supporter of co-education, and he had pressed upon the Columbia Board of Trustees to admit women for four consecutive annual reports from 1879-1882. The Board was not fully convinced, but it did set up a system for women to take the Columbia exams and earn a seal from the college. One young woman, Annie Nathan Meyer, was not satisfied by this arrangement.


Jonas-Salks-Childhood-Home-The Bronx-853 Elmsere Place-Historic Landmarks Medallion Jonas Salk lived with his family in an apartment complex located on 853 Elsmere Place in the borough of the Bronx

Last Thursday, the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center held a cultural medallion ceremony at the childhood home of world renowned scientist and humanitarian Jonas Salk, the man who developed the world’s first polio vaccine. Born on October 28, 1914, Jonas Salk lived with his parents and two younger siblings in an apartment complex located at 853 Elsmere Place in the Bronx.  Jonas Salk’s cultural medallion plaque states that, “In 1955, he developed the first polio vaccine with his research team at the University of Pittsburgh, at a time when polio crippled tens of thousands in the U.S. annually.”


Broadway-Trinity Church-Vintage Photography-Michelle Young BookLower Broadway c. 1908-1913. Image via Library of Congress as seen in the book Broadway by Michelle Young

Here at Untapped Cities, we have a soft spot for vintage photographs–and not just for the nostalgic aspect. It’s also because what earlier photographers chose to document and what they chose to leave out give weight to the importance of certain moments in history and the consequence of the buildings that awed their aesthetic sensibilities. Releasing next week (but available for pre-order now on Amazon), is the new book Broadway by Untapped Cities founder Michelle Young about the history of Broadway as a street in New York City. Reproduced below is a modified excerpt from the forthcoming publication.


Pac-Man Google Maps-Screenshot-NYC-Madison Square ParkMadison Square Park and Flatiron Building in Pac-Man mode on Google Maps

If you read in the news yesterday that you could play Pac-Man in Google Maps, but didn’t get to it–do not fret. It’s still available. Just navigate to Google Maps on your desktop browser and you’ll see the normal option to toggle to Google Earth in the bottom left, and a new icon to toggle to Pac-Man mode. Most fun is that you can choose anywhere around the world, and that becomes your game frame. There’s sound too, but luckily it defaults to mute so your coworkers may not hear the siren sounds coming from your computer.


Last night, the latest Blueprint video from NYCmedia about the transformation of The High Line premiered. Before the full episode is available for streaming, here’s a reminder of where we’ve come since the High Line was constructed in 1934.

The High Line attracts nearly 6,000,000 visitors a year. Though thoroughly modern at every step, The High Line Park owes its success –and its very existence–to the past.  In fact, the elevated train tracks that make up the current day park were originally constructed not only to deliver food to Manhattan, but also to save lives.