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

  • In a Thriving City, SoHo’s Soaring Rents Keep Storefronts Empty [The New York Times]: Now, with the city’s unemployment at near historic lows and the economy humming along, empty storefronts dot SoHo’s streets, with 16 in the six-block stretch of Broadway between Houston and Canal Streets, the area’s retail spine. More stud the Belgian-blocked side streets, dark gaps between boutiques selling high fashion and designer furniture and the occasional remaining art gallery.
  • New renderings of Hudson Yards’ Norman Foster-designed tower and food pavilion [6sqft]: A decade after first embarking on Hudson Yards–the largest private development in the nation’s history–developer Related Companies is in the thick of things, with listings live at 15 and One Hudson Yards and construction underway at 30, 35, and 55, as well as The Shed cultural center and the Vessel public art piece. Keeping the momentum moving, Yimby has now uncovered a new rendering of Norman Foster‘s 985-foot 50 Hudson Yards, which at $3.94 billion will be the city’s most expensive office tower, and the first view of the food and beverage pavilion that will sit in the Eastern Railyard.
  • Leo Hershkowitz, 92, Dies; Unearthed New York City History [The New York Times]: Among the treasures he discovered were the city’s financial records for the funeral of Abraham Lincoln — held at City Hall on April 19, 1865 — including the undertaker’s bill for $1,000 and another bill, for $20, from James Ayliffe of Trinity Church for composing a funeral dirge and playing the church’s chimes. It was the kind of historical salvage operation that gave Professor Hershkowitz a reputation as a highly regarded archival scavenger.
  • The legendary Plaza Hotel is, once again, up for sale [Curbed NY]: The long, complicated saga of the attempts to sell the Plaza Hotel is not over yet: Despite reports earlier this year that Sahara Group, the current owner, was being forced to sell its stake in the storied hotel, that doesn’t seem to have happened; instead, according to the Wall Street Journal, the company has hired a broker to market the property, signaling that it’s finally ready to part ways with it once and for all.

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