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

  • Photos: The Last Secret, Illicit Parties Atop The Old Kosciuszko Bridge [Gothamist]: In Hidden Cities, his memoir about urban exploration, Moses Gates describes the first time he walked off the subway platform and down onto the tracks: “It was only one step past the sign, but the mental barrier was enormous.” That sentiment leapt to my mind a few weeks ago, around 11 p.m. on a Sunday night, as I moved with a group of nervously giggling strangers around a corner in industrial Greenpoint and found myself walking right up the closed exit ramp to the soon-to-be-dismantled old Kosciuszko Bridge span.
  • These NYC neighborhoods are where it’s toughest to build new housing [Curbed NY]: It may seem like construction on new apartment buildings is never-ending in New York City—and indeed, more than 26,000 new rental units are due to be added to the housing stock this year. But that surge in development doesn’t necessarily reflect how easy it is to build in the five boroughs; and in fact, a Wall Street Journal report argues that New York City is one of the hardest places to build new housing in the U.S.
  • STIK’s 7-Story ‘Migrant Mural’ on Allen Street Raised $12,500 for the Tenement Museum [Bowery Boogie]: Street artist STIK’s latest mural has been on view for a month at the southeast corner of Delancey and Allen Streets. The 7-story piece was painted in conjunction with the Fat Free Art gallery and the Tenement Museum. Proceeds from the exhibition in the Allen Street showroom – totaling $12,500 – go toward the museum’s “Shared Journeys program,” a free program that provides ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) workshops for adult immigrants.

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