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

  • On this day in 1645, a freed slave became the first non-Native settler to own land in Greenwich Village [6sqft]: In 1626, the Dutch West India Company imported 11 African slaves to New Amsterdam, beginning New York’s 200 year-period of slavery. One man in this group, Paolo d’Angola, would become the city’s first non-Native settler of Greenwich Village. As the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) discovered, and added to their Civil Rights and Social Justice Map, as a recently freed slave, d’Angola was granted land around today’s Washington Square Park for a farm.
  • Memories of the Night New York City Went Dark [The New York Times]: Forty years ago, at 9:34 p.m. on July 13, 1977, New York City went dark. In the ensuing 25 hours that the city was without electricity, businesses were looted, riots erupted and thousands were arrested.
  • NYC Is The Sweatiest City In America, Fan Company Says [Gothamist]: It’s no secret that summer in New York is akin to spending three months inside a boiling, crowded teakettle, and now, we have OFFICIAL PROOF that our incessant whining about the weather and other people’s disgusting bodies is not for naught. A very legitimate study that isn’t at all a marketing ploy to sell fans to people says New York is the sweatiest city in the country, and based on what I’ve smelled over the last couple of days I’m inclined to believe it.

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One Response
  1. Joel Bader Reply

    My family and I happened to be in the New York blackout on the 48th floor of the Americana Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Needless to say, we got out of there as soon as the power was restored. It ruined our impressions of New York City for good, I think.

    There was a bizarre footnote to this event. A few weeks later, the cartoon panel The Family Circus had the Keane family go to New York. They did not have any sort of blackout, fires in the Bronx, heat waves–nothing like that. (Unless one wants to count the bad puns that the children came up with during their trip to New York City.) All they did was to act touristy and comment on how the channel numbers on television were different from what they saw at home. Indeed, the family looked as if it had stepped from the Leave It To Beaver or Please Don’t Eat The Daisies era.

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