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Pier-5-Uplands-Brooklyn-Bridge-Park-rendering-NYCRendering for Pier 5 Uplands at Brooklyn Bridge Park

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

  • Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5 uplands revealed in new renderings [Curbed NY]: Work on the new uplands section of Pier 5 began in 2016 and has been progressing steadily ever since. Now, we have a glimmer of what that 4.5-acre piece of parkland might look like when it’s completed later this year.
  • WNYC Explores a Generation of Young Baracks [WNYC]: Nationwide, there were 52 Baracks born in 2008, and another 69 born in 2009. The country welcomed dozens more little Baracks over subsequent years. WNYC reporter Yasmeen Khan recently caught up with one such child – Barack Chad Joseph Tillard, a precocious 7 year-old whose parents Conrad and Tamecca Tillard were inspired to name him Barack after feeling the hope and excitement of Obama’s ascendency to the highest office in 2008.
  • Can Tiny Homes Solve America’s Homelessness Problem? [Narratively]: Four cities in the Pacific Northwest are proving the case for living super-small — and their experiments can teach the rest of us a thing or two about building real community.
  • Trump Reportedly Wants to Eliminate National Endowment of the Arts [artNet]: The Hill reports that Trump is seriously considering eliminating both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of a “dramatic” plan to slash government spending. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which runs PBS and NPR, would be privatized.

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