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

  • Don’t Just Throw Away Your Christmas Tree [The New York Times]: The presents are opened, Santa’s cookies are eaten, but the tree remains. Now what? Experts say there are plenty of ways to put Christmas trees to good use after the holidays, so don’t just trash them.
  • Should Uber and Lyft riders pay a fee for clogging Manhattan’s busiest streets? [6sqft]: As New York City’s failure-prone subway system continues to disappoint, some commuters are turning to ride-hailing services like Uber or Lyft to reach their destinations instead. While getting picked up by a car is easy, especially in the busiest areas of Manhattan, the bumper-to-bumper traffic makes getting anywhere actually more difficult.
  • New Year’s Eve in Times Square: street closures, times, and more [Curbed NY]: New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, which means that soon, approximately 1 million revelers will descend on Midtown for the ball drop in Times Square. For tourists, it’s a once in a lifetime event celebrating the new year; for New Yorkers, it’s a reason to avoid the area between Herald Square and Columbus Circle at all costs. (That’s confirmed by science! Or something.)

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