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Jane Jacobs House-555 Hudson Street-Vitage Photograph-NYCJane Jacobs, husband and son in front of their home at 555 Hudson Street. Photo from Becoming Jane Jacobs

Here at Untapped Cities, the legacy of Jane Jacobs impacts our daily life – what we write, how we see the streets, how we hope our city will become. We were part of the small group that participated in the Rockefeller Foundation conference, Jane Jacobs Revisited at the Bellagio Center in Italy in in 2012. We’ve written about the impact of Robert Moses, often pitted as Jacobs’ nemesis, and we recently attended the premiere of the rock musical BLDZR about the two. We also took in a preview of the opera about Moses last fall.

On her 100th birthday, we look at the apartments Jane Jacobs herself lived in while she was a resident of New York City

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Yesterday, FDNY officials announced that some of the several hundred Easter candles may have caused the massive fire at the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava (formerly Trinity Chapel) on 25th Street in Manhattan. On our end, we have been digging into the fate of a Nikola Tesla statue that sits in front of the church – prompted by a question from Untapped Cities reader Steven Romalewski, director of CUNY’s Mapping Service.

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america's cup-rendering-nyc-untapped citiesRendering of the upcoming race. Image via America’s Cup

On May 7th and 8th this year, America’s Cup will be coming to New York City. Known as the competition for the oldest international sports trophy, this event began in 1851 on the South Coast of England, and the last time it was in New York was in 1920. This two-day sailing event between six teams from around the world is one of the preliminary events calendared this year as a prelude to next year’s 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda. The center of the race will be held on the Hudson River, with the course running north from Battery Park to Pier25. Here are 8 places in New York and Jersey City you can enjoy the race from. (more…)

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

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It’s clear from Brooklyn-based artist Mark Reigelman’s website he has a sense of humor – his team photo is himself, cloned eight times. He has a sarcastic wit – shown in the number of times he references himself as awesome on his website (particularly on his about page). Reigelman’s latest project in New York City, Smökers, as seen on City Lab, places a white wooden cabin atop the steam that comes out of manholes, often channeled through those ubiquitous orange and white striped vents. With the cabins, the steam is redirected up a chimney.

In addition to highlighting the unique steam system of New York City, which both heats and cools much of Midtown Manhattan, Smökers meant to be subversive. But it’s also really adorable.

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