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A group of artists filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Brooklyn in 2013 after the developer, Jerry Wolkoff, had their work at 5Pointz in Long Island City, Queens, erased before the building was demolished. Photo by the New York Times. 

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

  • At Core of 5Pointz Trial: Is Graffiti Art Protected by Law? [New York Times]: On Tuesday, however, a trial began in Brooklyn that will eventually determine whether graffiti, despite its transient nature, should be recognized as art to the point of being protected by federal law.

  • Statue of Liberty’s Original Torch [Atlas Obscura]: Towering over a tiny chunk of land in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty has greeted millions of tourists and immigrants that come to the United States through New York City. The iconic Lady Liberty clutches a torch in her raised hand, which symbolizes enlightenment. But the light she holds up as a beacon today isn’t the original.

  • 5 Haikus About Folding Subway Seats, Which the L Train is Probably About to Have More of [Brokelyn]: Like ghosts they appear at the end of cars, unannounced, unwelcome. You may not even realize they’re there, not a real subway seat but an ephemeral imposter, until the straphanger utilizing the seat gets up and THWACK, the seat hits the wall.

  • NYC’s Tale of Two Transit Terminals Evolves [Next City]: Five finalists were announced in September 2016 in a design competition that asked participants to reimagine New York City’s Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT). The competitors pulled no punches: The new bus station would have landscaped gardens, vaulted glass ceilings and Calatrava-esque passageways in gleaming iPhone white.

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