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Here’s what the Untapped Cities staff is reading in the HQ today:
1. Unofficial Subway Posters Welcome All Aboard The ‘Pride Train’ This Month [Gothamist]: The first batch of 200 MTA-inspired signs has gotten plenty of social media attention in the last few days. Inspired by typical service information posters, the rainbow “holiday” signs read, “No bigotry, hatred, and prejudice at this station.”
2. East Villagers galvanize to protect neighborhood mom-and-pop shops [Curbed NY]: Fearing the influx of big chain stores, East Villagers are galvanizing to create a special zoning district that will protect mom-and-pop stores in the neighborhood, DNAinfo reports. Local residents and business owners have been campaigning for these protections for some time now, but this latest push is now being taken up by the local community board. On Wednesday evening, Community Board 3 will host a forum to solicit public feedback on this special district [PDF!] which will concern an area bounded by East 14th Street, Houston Street, Second Avenue, and Avenue D; and on St. Marks Place between Second and Third Avenues.
3. Celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday at the Guggenheim Museum this week [Curbed NY]: Amid the ongoing celebration of Wright’s 150th birthday, which is anchored (in NYC, at least) by a huge retrospective at MoMA, the Gugg is taking advantage of its connection to the pioneering architect by throwing him a birthday party.On Thursday, June 8th, the day of his birth, the museum will have special Wright-centric programming.
4. Some Trump Palace apartment owners want to remove the building’s name [6sqft]: Despite winning the presidential election last fall, Donald Trump’s New York City properties have hit a losing streak. Trump-branded hotels and condos throughout the city have seen a sharp decline in event bookings and property values.
Today’s popular Untapped Cities reads:
- Inside the Brooklyn Army Terminal Food Manufacturing Hub
- 5 Architectural Holdout Houses Around the World That Stood in the Way of Development
- Eight New Art Walls Are Coming to Coney Island this Summer for Coney Art Walls