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

  • Prospect Park Transformed (Photos) [Brownstoner]: For some it may be hard to imagine a time when Prospect Park wasn’t a beautiful green oasis in the midst of the borough. For longtime Brooklynites, however, the tough days of the park in the 1970s and 1980s — with shuttered attractions and maintenance issues — may not seem so long ago.

  • Curated Collectibles on One Brooklyn Corner [New York Times]: Most mornings, Doug Grater, who lives in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, wakes up and takes his dog Sammy for a walk along the same route: to Yesterday’s News on Court Street, a few blocks from his home. Usually the owners, J.P. and Colleen Ferraioli, are unloading their latest estate sale finds from a white truck.

  • Debate Over Public Monuments and Columbus Statues Continues in Brooklyn [Bklyner]: Politicians, teachers, art historians, feminists, futurists and more turned out to speak on the role of public monuments in New York City. The Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers held their public hearing for Brooklyn this morning at Borough Hall.

  • Narofsky Architecture Built This Long Island Home Using Trees Knocked Down During Hurricane Irene [6sqft]: In the summer of 2011, Hurricane Irene landed in New York City and on Long Island, heavily damaging the area, the storm’s heavy rainfall and strong winds knocking down trees and causing major power outages. Turning destruction into art, Narofsky Architecture designed a house on an Irene-destroyed site using the wood from fallen trees.

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