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

  • MTA will replace Grand Central Terminal’s old eateries with more ritzy ones [6sqft]: At Grand Central Terminal, it’s in with the new, out with the old. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said it will replace stores that have served the busy terminal’s commuters for over two decades–Junior’s, Two Boots Pizza, Grand Harvest Wines–with more upscale shops. As the New York Post reported, new stores include Art Bird & Whiskey Bar, run by Oprah Winfrey’s former personal chef, Art Smith, and Tartinery, an open-face sandwich vendor. The restaurant refashioning process is expected to run through 2018.
  • Here Are Ai Weiwei’s Lower East Side ‘Fences’ [PHOTOS] [Bowery Boogie]: World renowned artist Ai Weiwei began installing works last week as part of the “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” endeavor. But today is the official start of the public art project. The Lower East Side features prominently in the campaign, too. Ai Weiwei installed four in the neighborhood proper, plus dozens of 2D banners on light poles, and a “flagship” installation up at Cooper Union.
  • Majority of New York City’s bridges are functionally obsolete [Curbed NY]: It isn’t only New York’s subway and rail tunnels that need some love, the city’s bridges are also in need of repair. A new report by State Comptroller Thomas Di Napoli finds that 76 percent of bridges in New York City are functionally obsolete and don’t meet current design standards for the amount of traffic they carry, meaning they have shoulder or lane widths inadequate to current standards, low clearance, or low load-carrying capacity.
  • Study: NYC mice are evolving to better digest pizza [Brokelyn]: According to a new study by a SUNY and a Fordham researcher who caught 48 mice from three different city parks as well as close but rural areas and compared them, the city mice had, “larger livers with more scar tissue,” as well as, “genes linked to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease,” according to a New Scientist article on the study’s findings.

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