Here’s what the Untapped staff is reading in the HQ today:
- City ready to attack rats in Tompkins Square Park [EV Grieve]: The war on rats began (again) yesterday as city workers installed new Big Belly trash cans in Tompkins Square Park…
- 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.
Today’s popular Untapped Cities reads:
- 10 Alternative Ways to Celebrate Bastille Day 2017 in NYC
- Formula E ePrix, the First International Car Race in NYC Will Take Place This Weekend in Brooklyn
- 10 Lesser-Known (But Still Famous) Film Locations in NYC