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

  • Kosciuszko Bridge Implosion Plans Sparks Fear Among Greenpoint Residents [Curbed NY]: Residents of Greenpoint had to learn of plans to dynamite parts of the Kosciuszko Bridge during construction, to make way for a new and improved bridge, through the press and they are not happy. Their concerns are legitimized, stating that they were not given prior notice of the plans before they became public and more importantly, they are concerned on the impact that the implosion will have on the neighborhood’s already polluted environment.
  • Otherworldly Architecture in Japan’s Magical Mountainside [NY Times]: The mountain town of Karuizawa is about an hour’s train ride northwest of Tokyo, a journey that zooms past the small, heartbreaking scenes of beauty that any traveler here knows, an endlessly repeating pattern of fragile persimmon trees, their unlovely black branches sagging with dusty orange fruit; splintered wooden torii gates, their vermilion paint bleached to a fleshy pink; tin-roofed factories and squat apartment buildings, their patios hung with laundry
  • The LaGuardia Airtrain is still happening, for some reason [Second Ave Sagas]: The Laguardia AirTrain is the stubborn bad idea that just won’t die. It came out of nowhere in early 2015, and while it could have been a good idea pushed by a strong state leader, Cuomo’s plan sent the AirTrain in the wrong direction. The system would connect LaGuardia with the 7 train and LIRR at Willets Point. So while most LaGuardia travelers just want to get to Manhattan, this thing will take them further away from where they want to go.

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