Here’s what the Untapped staff is reading in the HQ today:
- Learn About 150 Years of Prospect Park History With a New Exhibit at Brooklyn Historical Society [Brownstoner]: Prospect Park is celebrating its 150th birthday this year, and Brooklyn Historical Society is joining in on the festivities with a new exhibit. The exhibit, The Means of a Ready Escape: Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, will examine the history of the park that’s become known as Brooklyn’s backyard.
- U Thant Island: Manhattan’s smallest island that’s off limits to the public [6sqft]: Between the United Nations building and Long Island City sits a tiny 100-by-200 foot piece of land, known as U Thant Island. The East River man-made enclave is just south of Roosevelt Island and legally part of Manhattan. As Atlas Obscura discovered, the land did not exist until the 1800s when a trolley tunnel was dug beneath the River to connect Manhattan and Queens. While U Thant looks like a nice place to get some sun and relax, the island remains closed to the public as a bird sanctuary.
- ‘Analgoue’ Team Proposes ‘Greyhound’ Cocktail Bar on Orchard Street [Bowery Boogie]: The duo behind West Village hotspot Analogue is headed to Hell Square. Jared Gordon and Jesse Wilson are on the Community Board 3 docket this month to impart a new bar on Orchard Street where Black Tree/Raw Material previously held court.
- Going back in time at the Village’s Corner Bistro [Ephemeral New York]:The wooden table tops with generations of names scratched into them have been replaced, and signs posted on the back brick wall remind patrons that smoking is forbidden. But the two little rooms of the Corner Bistro maintain that time-traveling Village taverny feel.
Today’s popular Untapped Cities reads:
- 10 of Brooklyn’s Weirdest Places from New Book Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide
- Thinking Central Park Exhibition Reimagines Park with Fantastical Refuges and Shelters
- 10 NYC Churches Hiding Coffee Shops and Eateries Inside