Here’s what the Untapped staff is reading in the HQ today:
- Met Museum To Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of ‘From The Mixed Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler’ [Gothamist]: It’s been a long time since I last read From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, but every time I go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I still look for the bed siblings Claudia and Jamie Kincaid slept in during their brief, fictional residence at the world’s best museum.
- Historic Sunset Park Arsenal Disappears Under New Cladding [Brownstoner]: A lone doorway peeking out from shiny new cladding is the only original detail left exposed at a former arsenal in Sunset Park at 6301 2nd Avenue. Originally known as the New York State Arsenal, construction on the massive structure started in 1925 and wrapped in 1926.
- An Upper West Side Art Nouveau–like subway sign [Ephemeral New York]: You don’t have to be a typeface nerd to appreciate loveliness the letters and numerals affixed to plaques and signs in the city’s earliest subway stations.
- The story behind ‘Scabby the Rat,’ NYC’s symbol of unionized labor [6sqft]: Despite a nationwide decline in union membership, New York City continues to defy this trend. The number of city workers who belong to unions has risen for the last three years in a row, growing from 21.5 percent of all workers to 25.5 percent in 2016. And because of this high number of unionized employees, city residents have become even more familiar with Scabby the Rat–one of the most recognizable symbols of unions.
Today’s popular Untapped Cities reads:
- 10 Lesser-Known (But Still Famous) Film Locations in NYC
- New Original Penn Station Eagle Remnants Found in Newark, NJ Parking Lot
- Control the Colors of NYC’s Skyscraper Spires with the App Spireworks: An Inside Look!