Here’s what the Untapped staff is reading in the HQ today:
1. Will New York invite the ‘Fearless Girl’ statue to stay on Wall Street? [USA Today]: Should the “Fearless Girl” stand up to Wall Street’s charging bull forever? That’s the question New York City officials are facing after a statue of a ponytailed girl in a windblown dress went up in front of the bronze bull early this month and immediately became a tourist draw and internet sensation.
2. Ai Weiwei’s Latest Artwork: Building Fences Throughout New York City [The New York Times]: Ai Weiwei, the provocative Chinese artist, will build more than 100 fences and installations around New York City this fall for “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors,” one of his most large-scale public art projects to date.
3. See 11 Centuries-Old Remnants of New Amsterdam in NYC [Curbed NY]: As spring finally arrives and tulips bloom across the city, it’s a good time to remember New York’s Dutch heritage. (Indeed, May 5, better known for its Mexican-themed celebrations, is also Remembrance Day in the Netherlands, though that’s a commemoration of a different sort.) The timeliness notwithstanding, small reminders of New York’s early settlers pervade the five boroughs, from the orange stripe on our flag to the old Dutch families whose names adorn streets like Beekman, Bayard, Van Wyck, and Van Cortlandt.
4. An Imperiled, Hidden Orchid Waits Out the Cold [The New York Times]: For those more familiar with frilly pink and purple supermarket orchids, the idea that relatives of these delicate creatures can be found growing in the wilds of temperate North America is a stretch. It seems stranger still that some hang on in the wild corners of New York City, rare, always besieged, but still present.
Today’s popular Untapped Cities reads:
- The Top 10 Secrets of Flushing in Queens, NYC
- First Citywide Ferry Vessel Departs for NYC from Gulf Coast Shipyard in Alabama
- Laura Kimpton’s LOVE Monumental Word Sculpture on Roof of James Hotel