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

  • ‘Happy Holidays!’ From New York’s Parking Garages [CityLab]: Every December, Manhattan fills up with families and tourists looking for unforgettable holiday decorations. There are the window scenes at Macy’s Herald Square, the giant tree in Rockefeller Center, and Winter Village in Bryant Park. But for those who are no longer wide-eyed at the sight of these places after too many visits, Chris Maggio knows just where to go: parking garages.

  • 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.
  • Axe-Throwing Fun For The Entire Family [Bklyner]: As BKLYNER reported last week, axe-throwing venue Kick Axe just debuted at 622 Degraw Street in Gowanus. Located in the old littlefield space, the 7,000-square-foot venue is designed to feel like a “cozy lumberjack-style lodge.”

  • The Story of Colonnade Row Before the Blue Men Grouped [Bedford + Bowery]: Many can imagine a storied past, but few would suspect that this site once housed an amusement park, the most coveted residential building in all of New York City, the offices of a prominent religious weekly, and one of the first off-Broadway theaters. Today, it is the Astor Place Theater, where the Blue Man Group got its first theatrical run in 1991, and has been performing continuously ever since.

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