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


Fulton Center, the $1.4 billion project under construction by the MTA intended to improve access to subway lines stopping at Fulton Street, Chambers Street – World Trade Center / Park Place and Cortlandt Street stations, is getting a new gadget. It’s called the “Sky-Reflector Net” and will operate like a giant kinetic oculus. Curbed reports that the 8,500-square-foot net-like surface will transform constantly, while the prismatic glass blades at the top of the dome that will scatter natural light throughout the interior of the station.

On the theme of transportation, a new “vintage camper” bar is now open at 415 Myrtle Avenue, between Clinton and Vanderbilt, according to Brownstoner. The venture, called Splitty, is serving delicious Chinese steamed buns and a good range of interesting cocktails, all for $10.

Also, have you heard that the company +POOL wants to put a floating pool, full of filtered river water, in the East River this August? Brokelyn reports that now is your last chance to own a tiny piece of it via Kickstarter. 


Speaking of pools, we were stunned to hear that the main character from Yann Martel’s fantasy adventure novel ‘Life of Pi’ was named after a real public pool in Paris- Piscine Molitor Patel. The historic 1920s Art Deco complex in the 16th arrondissement fell into disrepair after its closure in 1989. It is now undergoing a major demolishion/restoration which is expected to finish next year. Take a look at the amazing pictures from Messy Nessy Chic.


If you have an abandoned pool or a bathtub lying around somewhere (or would like to have one), you should absolutely take a look at this renovation project in Penarth, Wales. A Victorian bath building was slowly bought-up by a businessman Paul Smith and converted into four separate swanky apartments. What an inspiring example of adaptive reuse!


For those who prefer the comfort of a dark movie theatre over a sunny day at a pool, we would suggest taking a look at the list of Must-See Movies at the 2013 LA Film Festival. As always, it’s impossible to see everything so we’re very happy that Los Angeles Magazine shares their top 5 picks. Finally, don’t forget that it’s Father’s Day today. For possible celebration ideas check here.

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