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Rendering for Pier 5 Uplands at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Image via Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

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

  • Could height limits on NYC skyscrapers be in the city’s future? [Curbed NY]: When you think of the New York City skyline, it’s likely that the city’s iconic Midtown skyscrapers—the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and their ilk—come to mind, along with some of the new-guard towers like 432 Park Avenue and One57. But it’s the latter that have, in recent years, ticked off preservation-minded New Yorkers.
  • NYC Gallery Selling Original Watergate Courtroom Sketches [Gothamist]: On February 6th, 1974, the impeachment process against Richard Nixon was formally initiated, and Freda Reiter was on hand for ABC-TV’s coverage of the event as a courtroom sketch artist. She captured the events leading up to the process, starting with the Watergate hearings in 1973, and continued to provide visual recreations — from listening to Nixon’s tape-recorded conversations, to the moment the president shed a tear as he signed his resignation letter in 1974. That sketch, titled “Alone in the Oval Office,” is one of the 24 that are now for sale through Gallery98.
  • Grand Central will temporarily restore intercity rail service for the first time in 26 years [6sqft]: Ahead of repair work set to begin at Penn Station next week, Amtrak said it will reroute some trains each weekday to Grand Central Terminal. For the first time since 1991, passengers will use the iconic Beaux-Arts terminal to reach destinations along the Hudson River Valley, like Rhinecliff, Hudson and Albany. As the New York Times reported, Amtrak will reroute six of their Empire Service trains to Grand Central instead of Penn Station from July 10 to Sept. 1.
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5 unveils its new ‘tranquil and expansive’ lounging lawn [Curbed NY]: One of the few remaining pieces of undeveloped land within Brooklyn Bridge Park is barren no longer. Today marks the opening of the Pier 5 Uplands, a chunk of green space located near the park entrance at Joralemon Street; its debut means that the transformative Brooklyn park is now 80 percent completed, according to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation. “Today marks an important milestone for Brooklyn Bridge Park,” BBPC president Eric Landau said in a statement.

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