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untappedcities_workers_annabrown_christmasThe first Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. More photos.

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

Today’s most popular reads:

Matt Taylor-Manhattan Only Accessed by Car-NYC

A highway engineer from Vancouver has done some serious math to calculate how many bridges would be needed in Manhattan if it could only be accessed by car. The result: it would need 48 additional 8 lane bridges. The Manhattan bridge has 7 vehicular lanes, 3 subway lanes, a walkway and a bikeway. By Matt Taylor’s calculations, 2.06 million enter and exit Manhattan daily, but only 16% currently drive by personal vehicle.

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All the leaves on our fair city’s trees have pretty much given up by now, having long since blown off and been trampled by a million pairs of winter boots stomping up the sidewalk. The only bright spots of greenery left now are from the Christmas tree vendors. Long lines of pine flank the sidewalk, which is a nice respite from the usual towering piles of trash and makes you feel like you’re walking into an actual winter wonderland instead of some kind of garbage hell world. In the absence of bright plants, the color palette of our city’s denizens tends to neutralize around this time as well. Suddenly everyone is in black and brown and grey, which makes me feel very at home. We are all cold and we are all dressed in black—ahh, kinship.

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First of all, there’s a Lego Museum Break-In Set. That’s pretty cool and sufficiently art nerdy for us here at Untapped Cities. But what’s even better is that the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Director of Security, Bob Combs, actually tested the set, and wrote a blog post about it. Inside the museum, the treasures up for grabs include a blue diamond, a painting that looks like a Vermeer, a golden sword, a gold nugget, and other antiquity. Amazingly, all those priceless objects fit into the City Museum which looks to be practically the size of the armored police vehicle.

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Set in the Street-NYC-Justin Bettman-Godze Eker-Photography-Sidewalk-Discarded Furniture-1

You know how it goes. You see discarded furniture on the sidewalk, you poke around, maybe you take something. We know some guy that put up another family’s ’70s era photo album on his bedroom wall. But what if all that discarded stuff was transformed into an interior set, but on the street? “Set in the Street” by photographer Justin Bettman and stylist Gozde Eker have done just that. They’re building elaborate sets out of unwanted furniture and other materials, photographing it and then leaving the sets up for people who walk by to enjoy. Using the hashtag #setinthestreet, it’s clear that people are just loving the random moment of serendipity.

The zoomed in/zoomed out photo series tells it all:

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At the beginning of December, 5 Pointz was basically gone, but the streets of New York City are stilled filled with art. Graffiti complaints are up throughout the city and for those of us who love hunting for street art, there has been no better time be a part of the art scene here. Over the summer, we listed the Top 10 Street Art Murals of The Year (So Far) and with the year coming to an end, we selected our 10 favorite pieces that made the streets of NYC that much more interesting.

10. Smart Crew, Snoeman & Elmo Chinatown: The Lower “Far East” Side

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