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

  • A Brief History Of Delmonico’s, New York City’s First Restaurant [Gothamist]: Until the Delmonico brothers opened their eponymous eatery in 1837, New York City didn’t have a proper restaurant, just cafes and inns where diners had little control over what they were served. Delmonico’s, New York’s first a la carte restaurant on 2 South William Street, favored French cuisine, cloth-covered tables and a printed menu designed by the first “star chef,” Charles Ranhofer.
  • Public Art Fund to light up New York [The Art Newspaper]: The New York-based Public Art Fund celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with a series of new commissions, beginning on 6 February with Commercial Break (until 5 March). The digital shows will expand the fund’s pioneering 1980s exhibition Messages to the Public, in which 70 artists, including Jenny Holzer, David Hammons, Alfredo Jaar and the Guerrilla Girls, created 30-second animations that were displayed on an 800 sq. ft screen in Times Square, disrupting the flow of advertisements.
  • NFL in NYC: pro football’s history in the five boroughs [Curbed NY]: New York may have three teams in the National Football League, but pro football hasn’t been played in New York City since the 1980s, when the New York Jets departed Shea Stadium for the greener pastures of the Meadowlands. (Efforts to bring a new stadium to the city have been wildly unsuccessful, to boot.)
  • How New York City’s Public Art Gets Made [Gothamist, previously on Untapped]: Kendal Henry, director of Percent for Art, the primary public art program within the Department of Cultural Affairs, identifies the major concerns for public art when taxpayer dollars are at stake: affordability, durability, maintenance, and contextual appropriateness (how a piece engages with its site).

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