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

  • Bill Aims To Keep NYC Construction Sites Quiet [Patch]: Those jackhammers better keep it down — the City Council on passed new regulations Tuesday that aim to quiet construction noise around the five boroughs. The bill requires the city Department of Environmental Protection to inspect construction sites at times when noise described in a complaint is likely to happen. The department would also have to issue annual reports about how it responds to noise complaints.

  • How NYC brought Christmas tree markets to the U.S. [6sqft]: The convenience of walking to the corner bodega and haggling for a Christmas tree is something most of us take for granted, but this seasonal industry is one that actually predates Christmas’ 1870 establishment as a national holiday and continues to be a one-of-a-kind business model today.

  • 9 ways NYC tackled the affordable housing crisis in 2017 [Curbed NY]: There’s no question that New York is in the midst of a full-blown housing crisis—you don’t need studies and articles to make that clear (though plenty of those exist). The evidence is right in front of us every day, whether it’s skyrocketing apartment prices (and too few of the affordable ones to go around), or the rising numbers of homeless New Yorkers.

  • Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Decapitated as Demolition Continues [PHOTOS] [Bowery Boogie]: It was torture enough to watch the slow deterioration and subsequent arson-based inferno that gutted the 167-year-old Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue on Norfolk Street. But this sight is equally heartbreaking. For the last couple weeks, a wrecking crew has been dispatched to 60 Norfolk Street with the express purpose of demolishing the unstable bits. That means most of the structure; and progress is swift.

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