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Here’s what the Untapped Staff is reading in the HQ today:
- The architect of post-9/11 New York City reveals the one move that changed the course of city history [Business Insider]: In the tech world, Dan Doctoroff is best known as the head of Sidewalk Labs, Alphabet’s secretive urban innovation division that just announced a plan to build a new high-tech neighborhood in Toronto, Canada. There’s perhaps nobody better suited to the task than Doctoroff, who led the huge post-September 11 transformation of New York City.
- Amnesty For Little Book Lovers: New York City Libraries Shelve Kids’ Late Fees [NPR]: All you young readers in New York City, hide no more: For one day and one day only, the city’s three major public library systems are offering unconditional amnesty to everyone age 17 and under who has been charged with late fees. The libraries will also clear the fines of those who are still in high school and 18 or over, if they show up in person by Nov. 2.
- MTA’s new folding seats for NYC subway will roll out soon [Curbed NY]: The flip-up seats on the L train have arrived. It might still be a few days (or weeks) before you actually see them on your commute, but the New York Post spotted the newly-fitted train cars at an MTA rail yard on Wednesday.
- Off the grid: The little Flatiron Buildings of the Village [6sqft]: The Flatiron Building is one of the city’s most iconic and beloved landmarks. Since 1902 it’s been a symbol of New York, though ironically its acute angle formed by the intersection of Broadway and Fifth Avenue makes it an unusual sight in our otherwise orthogonal city on a grid. But while the Flatiron Building may be the most famous product of quirky street angles, it’s far from the only one.
Today’s popular Untapped Cities articles:
- 10 NYC Locations to See Ai Weiwei’s “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors”
- Photos Atop the Off-Limits Manhattan Municipal Building Cupola
- NYC Filming Locations for USA Network’s “Mr. Robot”