If you’ve ever seen Koch, the movie, you’ll recall the scenes were Ed Koch delightfully waves at drivers crossing “my new bridge!” The scene was filmed shortly after the 59th Street/Queensboro Bridge was renamed the Edward I. Koch Bridge on March 23, 2011.
Mayor Bloomberg had announced the idea at Ed Koch’s 86th birthday party, and the City Council…well we know what the City Council did during the Bloomberg era. What was that rubber stamp quote about the City Council? Not all were happy about the Ed Koch Bridge, with 64% of city voters and 70% of Queens voters opposing.
On a cold start to spring this past Saturday, over 20 explorers headed to an Untapped Cities tour of Dead Horse Bay in south Brooklyn with Will Ellis, author of Abandoned NYC to learn about the history of the area, as well as go antique hunting for bottles and other discarded materials. The landfill was in operation from the 1930s to 1940s, and as Will pointed out, even though the landfill was capped in 1953, erosion from each successive tide regularly eats away at the shoreline where you can see refuse waiting to be sifted out.
In three days, the New York Public Library is holding a public meeting to discuss the renovation of the main branch at Bryant Park at 42nd Street and the Mid-Manhattan Library. Last year, following extensive public protest, the contentious plan to move the stacks off-site was shelved (no pun intended). Still, the organization The Committee to Save NYPL believes there are still some unanswered questions about the renovations, which they detail here.
Untapped Cities reader @TOPOS_lab has shared with us a cross-section illustration of what the stacks look like underneath Bryant Park. Next time as you sit taking in a summer film at Bryant Park or having lunch on the lawn, remember that 1.5 million books are beneath your feet (in addition to the remnants of bodies from an old burial ground).
Streetcar jumps the tracks at Nostrand and Putnam Avenues, crashing into a drug store in July 1931. Photo via NYC Municipal Archives
It often took an excellent photographer, such as Arthur Welig aka Weegee, to skillfully encircle a New York City crime scene, capture it through his lens and ultimately translate a temporary moment in time into one of permanence. However, the public display of crime photos from the New York Police Department is actually a rarity. Various photographs taken by the New York City Police Department from 1914 to 1975 are set to be released for the first time, with a set of photos recently featured in The New York Times.
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