Seward Park Library. Photo by Elizabeth Felicella.
Here’s what the Untapped staff is reading in the HQ today:
- This rundown building was once a posh mansion [Ephemeral New York]: If you stood outside 67 Greenwich Street, you’d never think this shell of a building was anything special: just another decrepit 19th century walkup in Lower Manhattan, now part of a construction site.
- Neighbors Bid Farewell To Bensonhurst’s Vegas Diner [BKLYNER]: Today, an iconic Bensonhurst diner has shut its doors, and neighbors spent the weekend enjoying one last meal and reveling in memories.
- Seward Park Library Gets its New ‘Constellation’ Sculpture [Bowery Boogie]: The gated pathway in front of Seward Park Library – what was once part of Jefferson Street – now boasts some public artwork. Dubbed “Constellation,” the wooden seating arrangement is the first cycle of artwork by Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong for the year-long project. It was installed at the end of last week.
- New York Wheel construction grinds to a halt after designer walks off the job [6sqft]: The New York Wheel, Staten Island’s under-construction 630-foot Ferris wheel, has been plagued with cost overruns (it’s gone from a $230 to $590 million project), delays, and skepticism from the beginning, and it appears that these missteps have finally come to a head. The Post reports that the project’s design team, European company Mammoet-Starneth who was also responsible for the London Eye, walked off the job in late May and threatened to terminate their contract after they “got into a bitter pay dispute with the developer.”
Today’s popular Untapped Cities reads:
- First Official New York State LGBT Monument to be Built in NYC’s Hudson River Park
- Step Inside NYC’s Oldest Bookstore: Argosy Books in Midtown
- 17 Off-the-Beaten Path Things to Do at Columbia University in NYC: An Untapped Cities Guide