Here’s what the Untapped staff is reading in the HQ today:
- Soho and Tribeca’s windowed sidewalks provided light to basement factory workers before electricity [6sqft]: In many parts of Soho and Tribeca, the sidewalks are made from small circular glass bulbs instead of solid concrete. Known as “hollow sidewalks” or “vault lights,” the unique street coverings are remnants from the neighborhood’s industrial past when they provided light to the basement factories below before electricity was introduced.
- Island Hopping Through New York City [Vogue]: As summer enters its dog days and we face the shock of the realization that fall is only a handful of weeks away, we New York City cube-dwellers despondently scrolling through Instagram feeds full of bikinis and clear blue waters can’t help but think: Isn’t there one last summer escapade out there for me?
- Remembering Arlene Gottfried: Legendary New York City Street Photographer [TIME]: Arlene Gottfried chronicled life the way she saw it, thriving on the energy on the streets, roaming and recording everything she felt through a deeply empathetic and loving lens. “My mother used to say ‘Arlene– just don’t wander!’ Then I started wandering,” she told TIME in 2011, “but I got a camera because it gave it a little more meaning…a life of wandering is really what it all is.”
- Solar eclipse 2017 in New York City: what to expect [Curbed NY]: A total solar eclipse will engulf much of the United States on August 21, but unfortunately for New Yorkers, we won’t experience the full sun-blocking effects of the phenomenon. Instead, we’ll get a partial eclipse, with the moon covering about 70 percent of the sun. Here, find out what we’ll see in the city, where to view it, and more information.
Today’s popular Untapped Cities reads:
- 13 NYC Courtyards Hidden in Plain Sight
- Spot the 18th-Century Segment of Colonial New York’s Battery Wall at the South Ferry Station
- Former Nuclear Fallout Shelters Are Scattered Around NYC From the Cold War