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

We love photos of urban streets and boulevards–the arteries of our cities. From the looks of it, so do our readers. Hashtag #UntappedCities on Instagram and Twitter if you would like to have one of your photos entered in the running for our weekly “Best Of”column. Also, you can keep an eye on what contributors and readers are checking out by browsing the live feed.

Busy Streets of 8th Ave & 42nd St by iron_fists_nyc

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YMCA-Paris-Basketball Court-Rue Trevise-9th ArrondissementImage via Invisible Paris

The origins of basketball are undeniably in America, in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1891 where the game was invented at Springfield College. But the oldest known basketball court is actually located in Paris, according to Invisible Paris who recently took a visit during the annual Journées du PatrimoineThe court is located in the YMCA on 14 rue Trévise in the 9th arrondisement of Paris, in a building built in 1892 (the same year the first public basketball game was played).

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With today’s technology, it seems like there is no mystery or question that can’t be answered, or person that can’t be found. But the Toynbee Tiles are one of urbanity’s unsolved mysteries. Scattered throughout nearly two dozen cities in the United States and in three South American countries, these linoleum messages in asphalt have confounded viewers for almost 30 years, after the first one appeared in Philadelphia. The tiles bear the following message:

 TOYNBEE IDEA

IN MOVIE 2001

   RESURRECT DEAD

  PLANET JUPITER

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New York City has historically looked to Europe for architectural inspiration, particularly in the Beaux-Arts and City Beautiful eras. The penchant for monumental arches has its roots in the great works of France, Italy, Greece, England and other countries. The arches in New York City form the gateways to numerous well-known landmarks in the city, but first we thought we would begin with the arches that are now lost.

1. Madison Square Park Victory Arch

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Stained glass inside John’s Pizzeria in Times Square

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