Sketch of the first subways in New York City. Image via NYPL.
Here’s what the Untapped staff is reading in the HQ today:
- Our First Subway Was Much Nicer [Gothamist]: Our first underground transit system in NYC was a pneumatic subway created by Alfred Ely Beach, and despite being constructed back in the 1870s, some aspects of it were a lot nicer than the crowded old cans we ride in today. For one, this subway’s station had chandeliers and a waiting room with a piano. Secondly, it doesn’t appear anyone ever had to claw their way out of a stalled train.
- The Urban Lens: Flora Borsi’s ‘Forgotten Dream’ brings immigrants in search of a better life to NYC [6sqft]: 6sqft’s ongoing series “The Urban Lens” invites photographers to share work exploring a theme or place within New York City. In this installment, photographer Flora Borsi presents a timely series on immigration.
- See a Lego Statue of Liberty rise in under a minute [Curbed NY]: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History teamed up with Lego Systems to bring Lady Liberty to Washington. Or at least, a version of her.
- A faded memorial marks a horrific 1904 tragedy [Ephemeral New York]: The faded marble fountain dedicated to the 1,021 victims of the General Slocum disaster is not easy to find in Tompkins Square Park.
Today’s popular Untapped Cities reads:
- 8 Not to Miss Outdoor Art Installations in NYC This July
- Inside NYC’s Clinton Court, the Secret Courtyard and Former Carriage House in Hell’s Kitchen
- 27 Historic Estates to Visit in New York’s Hudson Valley