Here’s what the Untapped staff is reading in the HQ today:
- A rejected design for Central Park from 1858 shows colorful, whimsical topiaries [6sqft]: Central Park, which celebrated its 164th anniversary this month, required elaborate planning to make it what it is today: the most visited urban park in the country. New York City launched a design competition in 1857 for the development of the open space between Manhattan’s 59th and 110th Streets.
- Nolita’s historic 190 Bowery will get its first retail tenant [Curbed NY]:The first floor of the iconic Germania Bank Building at 190 Bowery will open to the public as soon as this fall. The structure has been in the midst of a high-end retail and office conversion since 2015, after the developer Aby Rosen the building from artist Jay Maisel for $55 million. And now, Rosen has nabbed his first retail tenant for the ground-floor space.
- New Museum Announces Return of ‘IdeasCity Festival’ in September [Bowery Boogie]: Currently, the first part of two box tunnels under the Hudson Yards development, below 10th and 11th Avenues on Manhattan’s west side, sits mostly finished. While construction of the final piece has yet to begin, when it’s complete the remaining section would link the tubes to the proposed new tunnel under the Hudson River, providing better access to Penn Station.
- How Shiny Is the Future for Park Slope’s Old Triangle Sports Building?[Brownstoner]: A restaurant, Sephora, an Apple store….so far, none of the rumors have panned out. The prominent but somewhat awkward triangle of land at 182 Flatbush in Park Slope has remained empty since the owners of Triangle Sports shut up shop after 96 years in business and sold the property to RedSky Capital for $4.1 million in 2013.
Today’s popular Untapped Cities reads:
- 18 Must Visit Spots in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC: An Untapped Cities Guide
- Inside the Rockaways’ Abandoned Art Deco Bathhouse in Queens, NYC
- Behind the Scenes Inside the Construction on Penn Station’s Tracks in the Summer of Hell