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

1. On the Upper West Side, a rare McKim, Mead & White fixer-upper offers a Morris Adjmi makeover [Curbed NY]: Last summer, a fire-scarred multi-family property on West End Avenue came onto the market with a $9.975 million price tag. That may seem like a high price for a burned-out building, but this isn’t an ordinary townhouse; the property, you see, dates back to 1886, and is one of the few remaining Manhattan townhouses constructed by McKim, Mead and White.

2. Roasteries and refineries: The history of sugar and coffee in NYC [6sqft]: Brooklyn is properly known as Kings County. During New York’s Gilded Age, Sugar King Henry Osborne Havemeyer and Coffee King John Arbuckle made sure the borough lived up to its name, building their grand industrial empires on the shores of the East River. By the turn of the 20th century, more sugar was being refined in Williamsburg and more coffee roasted in DUMBO than anywhere else in the country, shaping the Brooklyn waterfront and NYC as a preeminent financial and cultural center.

3. New York Minis [Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York]: “The Arcades Project: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin” is on view until August 6 at the Jewish Museum. It’s about wandering the city, with works by various artists, and poems by Kenneth Goldsmith. One room features New York City miniatures by Nicholas Buffon.

4. Looking at David Choe’s Finished Product on the Bowery Mural Wall [EV Grieve, previously on Untapped]: David Choe wrapped up work on the Houston/Bowery Mural Wall early this morning (4 a.m.) … here are some details of the mural.

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