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

  • We’ll Miss The 1970s Vibe Of The AMNH Halls Of Gems And Minerals [Gothamist]: The beautiful old Halls of Gems and Minerals are two of the greatest, darkest, most carpeted areas in the American Museum of Natural History. Featuring not just gorgeous, glowing rocks, but an of-its-era design straight from the 1970s, when the spaces originally opened. Check it out, from the Museum’s archives.
  • A Short History of New York City’s Foul Air Shafts [6sqft]: If you think there is nothing worse than renting an apartment with windows and no view, think again. At one point in the city’s history, where one may now enjoy a small sliver of daylight and at least some fresh air, there was no light or air at all. Indeed, at some points in the history tenants’ windows looked out onto slits—sometimes a mere 28 inches wide—that were teeming with waste, rancid smells, and noise.
  • Take a Stroll on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Circa 1971 (Photos) [Brownstoner]: Brooklynites — and perhaps some tourists — stroll along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade in these vintage photos, giving a glimpse of a scenic past. They walk and lounge, taking in a view of the Brooklyn Bridge, in the circa-1971 images from the photo morgue of the Brooklyn Reporter.

  • MTA to Cut Overnight Cleaners Despite Risk of Trash Fires [New York Post]: The MTA plans to do away with overnight cleaners in subway stations across the city — even as trash-fueled track fires wreak havoc on the system, sources told The Post.

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