Image via Coney Island Polar Bear Club
Here’s what the Untapped Staff is reading in the HQ today:
- The Urban Lens: Abandonment and decay along the 1970s Greenwich Village waterfront [6sqft]: Among New York City’s main concerns when photographer Jack Dowling created, “Decay and Rebirth Along the Greenwich Village Waterfront in the 1970s,” were its murder rate and the looming threat of bankruptcy when these photos have taken; the city as a whole has changed drastically in the decades since.
- The Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge Will Go On Despite Freezing Temperatures [Bklyner]: The brave members of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club are forging ahead with their 114th Annual Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day despite forecasts of temperatures only reaching 20 degrees.
- December 29, 1947 was the subway’s most crowded day ever [6sqft]: The city had just experienced its biggest snowstorm ever—a blizzard that dumped 26.4 inches of snow and ground the city’s normally well-oiled machine to a halt; snow-bound streets froze traffic above ground including the entire bus and trolley system.
- 10 iconic NYC institutions that shuttered in 2017 [Curbed NY]: Another year has gone by and once again, a handful of established New York City businesses won’t make it into 2018 (and if they do, they won’t last for long). The usual suspects are to blame—rising rents, expired leases, competition from bigger brands, and so on.
Today’s popular Untapped Cities articles:
- 6 Places to Watch New Year’s Eve Fireworks to Ring in 2018
- See Photos From Untapped Cities’ Underground Tour of the NYC Subway
- Outdated Nuclear Fallout Shelter Signs Are Being Removed by NYC