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Chinatown blacked out after Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Curbed NY

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

  • If 8th St. Became Jimi Hendrix Way, Would It Get More Crosstown Traffic? [Bedford + Bowery]: The recording studio was among the vibrant mix of clubs, clothing stores, record shops and eateries that drew people to 8th Street night and day. Now Storm Ritter wants to bring the excitement of those days back to the Village. Ritter has started a grassroots effort to co-name 8th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues Jimi Hendrix Way.

  • After 91 Years, New York Will Let Its People Boogie [New York Times]: A nearly century-old law that turned New York bars into no-dancing zones, prevented singers like Billie Holiday and Ray Charles from performing and drew protest from Frank Sinatra, is finally set to be struck down.

  • The Night the Lights Went Out in Manhattan [Curbed NY]: It was around approximately 9 p.m. on October 29, 2012, when Hurricane Sandy was at its peak, that lower Manhattan was plunged into darkness.

  • Could Walt Whitman’s Brooklyn Home Become a Landmark? [Brownstoner]: One of America’s most influential 19th century poets, Walt Whitman was a Brooklynite for 28 years and through many changes in career — printer, journalist, teacher. But few physical reminders of his time in the borough remain.

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