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

  • Roosevelt Island Tram Station Rehab May Finish Ahead of Schedule [DNAinfo]: Repairs to platforms at the Roosevelt Island Tram station that have reduced service to just a single car at times may now wrap ahead of schedule thanks to additional money being approved for the project, officials said.
  • Solar eclipse 2017: Where to find eclipse glasses in NYC [Curbed NY]: But if you’re in New York, you may still be able to snag a free pair from glasses start-up Warby Parker. The brand is giving out free eclipse shades at many of its locations, according to Brokelyn; it is, however, probably a good idea to call ahead and see if they still have them in stock, considering demand for the special specs. (Brokelyn found that the brand’s Brooklyn location was already sold out, but a few other locations still have ‘em.)

  • No one knows exactly how many rats live in New York City — here’s why it’s so complicated [Business Insider]: You see them out of the corner of your eye. Ducking under the bushes, scurrying along subway tracks, or crawling around the bags of trash that are stinking up the curb. Rats thrive in a New York City summer — the brazen ones have even been jumping into baby strollers on the Upper West Side, looking for snacks.
  • Owner Of Mysterious Silver Spaceship Tank Revealed To Be Brooklyn Dad, Of Course [Gothamist]: Last winter, our inbox was inundated with photos of a spaceship/tank hybrid with Midwest plates in the heart of Brooklyn. The vehicle—which was spotted all around Williamsburg, Fort Greene, Bushwick and Prospect Heights—continued to stalk the borough over recent months. Was it a Burning Man structure? Gru’s car from Despicable Me? A discarded prop from the original production of The Day The Earth Stood Still? After half a year without any answers, we finally know the identity of the vehicle’s owner: it’s a random dad.

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