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View from atop 432 Park Avenue construction, tallest residential skyscraper in Western Hemisphere

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

Today’s most popular reads: Insane Instagrammer Takes Photo Atop 432 Park Construction, Tallest Residential Building in NYC10 of Manhattan’s Best Hidden Underground Bars & Lounges

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“…each block is covered with several layers of phantom architecture in the form of past occupancies, aborted projects and popular fantasies that provide alternative images to the New York that exists.”

A map tool that opens with a quote from Rem Koolhaas’ Delirious New York? How could we resist? Urban Layers by Morphocode allows you to trace the building history of New York City starting in 1765–with an added bonus of using up-to-date mapping tools like Mapbox to make everything look pretty and open source data like PLUTO and NYC Building Footprints. Those of us in the urban planning world use these data sets frequently, but this is a wonderful and fun way to introduce the general public to it.

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Autumn is in full swing, and this week, we are excited for cocktail parties, parades, haunted houses, and much more!

Monday, October 13th

At 6:30 pm, The Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation is hosting authors and tour guides James and Michelle Nevius for a discussion regarding their latest book, Footprints in New York: Tracing the Lives of Four Centuries of New YorkersThe website describes that “in a talk illustrated with vintage photos and old maps, James and Michelle will focus on the stories in Footprints in New York that are connected to Greenwich Village, from Peter Stuyvesant’s bowery to Bob Dylan’s MacDougal Street.” Click here to register, and give yourself a bit of context for the talk by reading up on some of the quirks and histories of Greenwich Village.

Tuesday, October 14th

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Recently, the New York Times launched a weekly video series called “Living City,”explaining New York City’s infrastructure.  The fourth and most recent installment, “Living City: A City Shaped by Steam,” explains the steam systems beneath our streets. The 105 miles of steam pipes in New York City power about 2000 buildings, of which the largest 300 buildings are over half a million square feet. When skyscrapers were going up in the late 19th century and early 20th century, the steam system was put underground to avoid a skyline of chimneys and to reduce soot from coal-burning chimneys. Into the 21st century, Con Edison has continued to make sure that the largest steam system in the world provide a cleaner source of energy, despite a few accidents caused by steam pipes exploding. This mini-documentary calls on museums, restaurants, historians, private executives, and city officials to share their experiences with this unique system that both heats and cools the city.

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Street art is a beautiful form of art, which is why we love seeing pictures of graffiti. Judging from the amount of great photos of street art, so do our readers! Hashtag #UntappedCities on Instagram and Twitter if you would like to have one of your photos entered in the running for our weekly “Best Of”column. Also, you can keep an eye on what contributors and readers are checking out by browsing the live feed.

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

Today’s most popular articles: Abandoned NYC Takes Us into Kings Park Psychiatric Hospital on Long IslandWhat’s Inside the Oldest, Unopened Time Capsule at NY Historical Society