Here’s what the Untapped Staff is reading in the HQ today:
- New York City Was Home to America’s First-Ever Electrically Lit Christmas Tree [6sqft]: At a townhouse on East 36th Street in 1882, the first Christmas tree to ever be adorned with electrical lights was lit, paving the way for the frenzy surrounding tree lightings around the world today.
See Scale Models of the Greatest Skyscrapers Never Built [Atlas Obscura]: It can be hard to conceive of the scale of modern cities and skyscrapers, but Vertical Cities, a new exhibition at the Yale School of Architecture, might help you get your head around them. The show offers 200 models of skyscrapers—real, proposed, imagined—shrunk to 1:1,000 scale.
New York Can Save Billions on Rail Tunnels If LIRR Agrees to Share Track [Streetsblog NYC]: Unfortunately, New York has never mastered the most important part — organization. The transit agencies that operate across state borders are notoriously poor at coordination. And even within the MTA, turf wars between different divisions are legendary.
- Short-Term Splash: Feds Promise to Build Temporary Replacement for Beloved Gowanus Pool During Canal Cleanup [Brooklyn Paper]: The Double D is getting a double! The Feds promised to build a temporary watering hole in Gowanus before draining and demolishing the nabe’s beloved Double D pool in order to remove toxic waste that a former gas plant left buried beneath the recreation area, leaders of the Gowanus Canal cleanup announced.
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