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A mural by David Choe. Image from JoeMonster.org

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

  •  ‘Facebook muralist’ David Choe Begins Work at the Bowery Graffiti Wall [Bowery Boogie]: Millionaire muralist David Choe is two days into work on the latest art to grace the Bowery Graffiti Wall. He began over the holiday weekend, and will continue through the end of the week. This scribbly mess is the progress thus far. As usual, the corner was crowded much of yesterday afternoon with gawkers, photographers (i.e. Martha Cooper), and other street art aficionados. And when the day’s job is complete, a security detail is there to ensure no taggers wield the spray can. The new piece will be on display through October 2017.
  •  Cuomo Announces $151M Elevated Promenade to Improve Staten Island’s Coastal Resiliency [6sqft]: Governor Cuomo announced a $151 million plan on Tuesday to build an elevated promenade to improve the resiliency of Staten Island’s east shores during natural disasters. The seawall will stretch from Fort Wadsworth to Oakwood Beach to protect residents from coastal flooding, while simultaneously creating new wetland habitats and recreational amenities. The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation will hold a series of community-based design forums, allowing for Staten Island residents to offer direct input into the project’s final design, which will be complete in the winter of 2018, with construction expected to begin in 2019 and a completion date of 2022.
  • This Weekend is Liberty Weekend [Bklyner]: There are many events happening this weekend, but this one should be on your Brooklyn bucket list. It is free, is for everyone, and you will learn a bit about Brooklyn history. So come on down, rain or shine, to the New Utrecht Church in Bensonhurst. There will be Revolutionary War re-enactors, historical displays, a lecture on “Washington’s Spies in the Revolution”, tours of the historic 1828 church, ceremonies at the Liberty Pole and a tour of the Old New Utrecht Cemetery. There will be a bake sale to benefit the Church restoration fund.
  • Bronx’s Historic Orchard Beach Pavilion Now has $50 Million for Renovation [Curbed NY]: Plans to renovate the Bronx’s historic Orchard Beach Pavilion are moving forward with additional funds from Mayor Bill de Blasio, the New York Daily News reports. At a press conference on Friday, the mayor committed $20 million to restoring the waterfront structure, which has been shuttered since 2007. The city hasn’t yet announced how long it will take for the majestic pavilion to reopen, but it’s fair to expect it’ll be a few years at least. At its peak the pavilion came with 5,000 lockers and a 500 seat restaurant. The announcement comes just a few days after the city’s beaches opened for the summer season.

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