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Here’s what the Untapped staff is reading in the HQ today:
- How Grand Central Terminal, a NYC landmark for 50 years, was saved from destruction [Curbed NY]: It was 50 years ago today the Grand Central Terminal became a New York City landmark, ensuring that the Beaux Arts beauty would be preserved for future generations. (Though it almost wasn’t enough to save the building—but we’ll get to that.)
- Subway Etiquette 101: How To Not Be A Jerk On The Train [Gothamist]: The “Summer Of Hell” has been marked by frequent subway delays, ongoing track work, decaying infrastructure, and Governor Cuomo repeatedly pretending he doesn’t control the MTA. It’s not easy commuting every day with the knowledge that every train ride could trap you in a system-wide meltdown, which is why we should all do our part to NOT make it even worse by being rude and gross space invaders.
- New York’s tradition of uncapping fire hydrants to beat the heat [6sqft]: When temperatures soar, fire hydrants across the city flow freely and not necessarily to put out fires. The practice, commonly known as “uncapping,” has long served as a way for city residents to cool off. Although it is not entirely legal, it is generally tolerated, especially when temperatures climb above 90, and for a number of legitimate reasons.
- Hollywood-style ‘Brooklyn!’ sign is trivializing, doesn’t belong in Watchtower icon’s place [Brokelyn]: Ghost signs are a time trip, advertisements that have outlived their businesses in a bizarre twist of capitalism, turning PR into art. Their numbers are dwindling – there’s Red Hook’s dot R, the now landmarked Pepsi-Cola sign, numerous old school storefronts – stalwart holdouts from a time gone by.
Today’s popular Untapped Cities reads:
- 18 Outdoor Art Installations Not To Miss in NYC in August 2017
- The Top 10 Secrets of NYC’s Flatiron Building
- Daily What?! Subway’s Famous BMT Sandwich Is Named For NYC Transit Trains