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Yoko Ono’s “Image Peace” flag. Image via YouTube

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

  • The Statue That Never Was [New York Times]: It was the statue that never was: a bronze, bejeweled monument to a British queen intended to rise five stories high on the Queens side of the East River across from the United Nations in the 1990s.
  • 7 Landmarks Saved by the Historic Tax Credit [CityLab]: Preservationists are fighting to save the decades-old federal Historic Tax Credit program, which was eliminated from the tax reform bill introduced in the House of Representatives on November 2. The program offers a 20 percent tax credit to developers who restore historic buildings in compliance with federal rehabilitation standards.

  • Yoko Ono Plants Her Flag On East 4th Street [Bedford + Bowery]: East 4th Street just got a neat little Easter egg: You wouldn’t know it, but a flag designed by Yoko Ono is now flying above the cultural district known as Fourth Arts Block, between Bowery and Second Avenue.

  • Halfpipe Dreams: Locals Applaud City’s Planned Red Hook Skate Park at Public Design Meeting [Brooklyn Paper]: Skates alive! Red Hook residents cheered a plan to turn the old blacktop ball field inside a green space near the Battery Tunnel into a skate park where local kids can safely shred at meeting with city officials, according to an attendee who called the paved pitch “old-fashioned.”

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