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

  • From Mobsters to Mekas: A Courthouse’s Second Act as Anthology Film Archives [Bedford + Bowery]: The building at the southeast corner of Second Avenue and Second Street that now houses the Anthology Film Archives has always been a crossroads, both symbolically and literally.

  • The Inside Story of Iconic Brooklyn Emporium Abraham & Straus at the Dawn of the 20th Century [Brownstoner]: By the early 1900s, department store competition had intensified throughout New York City. The new R.H. Macy & Company store surpassed Abraham & Straus as New York’s largest store, but Abraham & Straus continued further expansions.

  • Catching Up With the Keepers of Soho’s Artistic Flame [Village Voice]: The New York Earth Room sounds like a piece of New York City lore, the kind of thing you would be sure couldn’t be real, like alligator colonies in the sewers or Kristaps Porzingis. Since 1977, it’s occupied the second floor of an eight-story co-op on Wooster Street, 3,600 square feet of blue-chip Soho with a single tenant: a looming, loamy, 280,000-pound level field of soil.

  • NYU Moves Tech Hub Into Long-Empty Former MTA Headquarters [Metro New York]: A long-vacant MTA building has been given a tech-filled new life. New York University announced Wednesday that the school’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) has moved into 370 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn, a site that was previously home to the headquarters of the New York City Transit Authority.

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