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

  • Peek inside Bryant Park’s spiffed-up public bathrooms [Curbed NY, previously on Untapped]: New York City’s “Tiffany’s of public restrooms” just got a good polishing. Bryant Park’s public restrooms are fresh off of a $280,000 makeover that added sleek new Toto toilets, fresh tiles (and a warm color palette), and—the best part in the dog days of summer—a modern air conditioning system. (You won’t find all that in a Starbucks bathroom.)
  • 10 things you never knew about Frank Lloyd Wright [6sqft]: Considering today would have been Frank Lloyd Wright‘s 150th birthday, you’d think we all know everything there is to know about the prolific architect. But the wildly creative, often stubborn, and always meticulous Wright was also quite mysterious, leaving behind a legacy full of oddities and little-known stories.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum: the history of the masterful New York building [Curbed NY]: In 1943, Frank Lloyd Wright received a commission that would lead to one of his most famous buildings: the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, which to this day remains Wright’s only public building in the five boroughs. Though archicritic Paul Goldberger once said it was “absolutely the wrong building in the wrong place,” one thing is for certain: the Guggenheim was, upon its debut in 1959, a revelation, and upended the idea of what a museum could and should look like.
  • A Brief History Of The Strand, As The Legendary Bookstore Turns 90 [Gothamist]: For the better part of a century, the Strand has gifted book-loving New Yorkers with a haven of sorts, boasting stacks upon stacks of used, rare, and new literary finds. This year, the Strand turns 90, as does its owner, Fred Bass, whose father opened the shop all the way back in 1927. To celebrate this beloved NYC institution’s important milestone, we dug into some of its history.

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