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

  • NYC Parks Department Denies Existence of Secret Bunkers Under Central Park [Gothamist]: The conspiracy theory is called “Manhattan Project” (not to be confused with the other Manhattan Project), and it claims that in 1853, hundreds of acres were developed for a secret subterranean city, which still remains 100 feet beneath the park. It also claims that the U.S. government kept it a secret, and used it to hide Czar Nicholas, Adolf Hitler, and the Roswell aliens. We asked Parks rep Sam Biederman about this magical underground city, and he told us this afternoon, “The Central Park Mole City is strictly off-limits to the Above Grounders. I mean, we don’t know what you’re talking about.”
  • Google’s Pier 57 Gets Glassed [6sqft]: Work is moving along at the waterfront development that is rehabilitating and revitalizing Pier 57, Manhattan’s new “SuperPier;” newly-installed, canted glass panels can be seen along the pier’s rows of exterior columns, CityRealty reports. The $350 million transformation of the former freight terminal, a joint venture by Young Woo & Associates and RXR will include 250,000 square feet of offices for Google, a 170,000-square-foot food market curated by Anthony Bourdain and provide an elevated two-acre park with a rooftop movie and performance amphitheater.
  • The Four Seasons restaurant’s midcentury modern interiors get spiffed up [Curbed NY]:  The two main rooms of storied midcentury eatery The Four Seasons have gone without an audience since July 30, 2016, the day the lease expired for longtime stewards Julian Niccolini and Alex von Bidder. Behind the scenes, the interiors’ new overseer, Major Food Group, has been perfecting its concept for the storied space, due to reopen as The Landmark Rooms at the Seagram Building as soon as April. The Times got a peek at where the company is at in its process of reimagining not only a menu for the restaurant that practically birthed the power lunch, but also its beloved interiors.
  • Why Inwood Could Be An Answer to Your (Housing) Prayers [Streetsblog]: More and more New Yorkers are turning to lesser-known areas of Manhattan rather than defaulting to the outer boroughs. Upper Manhattan — a submarket comprising Harlem, Inwood, Washington Heights, Hamilton Heights and Manhattanville — has become an increasingly popular submarket for both buyers and renters.
  • East New York Locals Organize to Influence Development, Rezoning Results [Brownstoner]: The city approved a controversial rezoning of East New York in April — and now locals are meeting to have a say in what comes next. A community umbrella organization, the Coalition for Community Advancement, is holding a meeting to address community concerns about the rezoning.

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