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

1. Queens’s Willets Point megaproject could be stalled indefinitely after court decision [Curbed NY]: The New York Court of Appeals is upholding a decision to block the development of Willets West, a planned $3 billion mixed use development adjacent to Citi Field, without the approval of the state legislature (h/t TRD). The decision has been a long time coming, and stems from a debate over the use of public parkland for private gain.

2. Macy’s Midtown flagship could get a public park on its roof [Curbed NY]: It may be troubled times for the retail behemoth, but Macy’s isn’t ready to concede the death of brick-and-mortar just yet. According to the New York Post, the brand is weighing a new in-person-only strategy to attract visitors to its Herald Square flagship store: put a public park on it.

3. The MTA considers a ‘car-free busway’ as L-train alternative [6sqft]: To mitigate the nightmare commuters will face during the 15-month L-train shutdown, the MTA and the Department of Transportation presented four possible alternatives that would make a portion of 14th Street a car-free busway. Streetsblog NYC reported that during a Manhattan Community Board 6 meeting on Monday, the agencies laid out the following options: a standard Select Bus Service (SBS) along 14th Street, enhanced SBS that includes turn and curb restrictions, a car-free busway in the middle lanes along 14th and a river-to-river car-free busway.

4. Durst to move National Debt Clock back to One Bryant Park [The Real Deal]: The clock that Seymour Durst vowed would stay up as long as the country’s “debt or the city lasts,” is coming down again — at least for now. The National Debt Clock at 1133 Sixth Avenue will be taken down on Thursday to make way for a new entrance at the Durst Organization’s TRData LogoTINY building, the New York Post reported. The developer installed the original clock, which estimates the United States’ current national debt and each family’s share of it, in 1989 at Sixth Avenue and 42nd Street. At the time, the debt was under $3 trillion.

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