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

1. Did you know the idea for G.I. Joe was created in Brooklyn? [6sqft]: Did you know G.I. Joe, considered the world’s first action figure, was first conceptualized in Brooklyn? The famous toy was invented by NYC native Stanley Weston, who passed away this month at 84 years old. Weston, born in Brooklyn in 1933, sold his idea for a military-themed toy to Hasbro for $100,000 when he was just 30 years old. Hasbro later turned it into a $100 million success, with more generations of the dolls, comic books, a television series and movies following it.

2. An Oscar Wilde-Themed Bar Is Headed To New York City [Logo]: Fans of Oscar Wilde may not be able to share a drink with the Irish writer himself, but they can soon have a drink surrounded by images of him when a new bar dedicated to the playwright opens in New York City this June. Oscar Wilde NYC will serve up signature cocktails and food with Victorian flair when it debuts in Manhattan next month.

3. You don’t have to leave New York City to enjoy getting out on the water [USA Today]: If there’s one mistake that New Yorkers make every summer, it’s not taking advantage of the waterways around the city. Sure, you might not want to go swimming through the Gowanus, but there’s plenty of fun to be had in, on and around NYC’s shores.

4. How Google Street View documents a changing New York City [Curbed NY]: It’s been a decade since Google Street View launched, giving folks all the tools they need to virtually travel to far-flung places without leaving the comfort of their couch. But the tool is also useful for those who are curious about the evolution of places over time—and few places have experienced as drastic a change to their landscape in the past decade as New York City.

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