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

  • Preservationists push for new Prospect Heights historic district [CurbedNY]: The Historic Districts Council (HDC) has thrown its weight behind a grassroots effort to establish a landmark district encompassing more than 80 historic apartment houses of Prospect Heights. The organization has selected the “Prospect Heights Apartment House District” as one of its Six to Celebrate neighborhoods for 2018.
  • Beyond Murals: New York Picks 4 Artists in Residence to Tackle Social Issues [The New York Times]: The four artists, chosen by the Department of Cultural Affairs, will receive $40,000 to develop projects with different city agencies this year. The performance artist Ebony Golden will work with the Office to Combat Domestic Violence; the sculptor Onyedika Chuke, with inmates on Rikers Island; the architect Rachel Barnard, with people under probation; and visual artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, with the NYC Commission on Human Rights to create art that combats discrimination.
  • In New Proposed Subway Elevators, Some See a Terrorism Risk [The New York Times]: Neighbors first raised security concerns late last year after the developer, Madison Equities, sought to take advantage of New York City zoning rules that offers an incentive to real estate developers: the right to enlarge their project in exchange for improvements to the subway station closest to the site.
  • If You Choose to Commute by Car in NYC: Why? [WNYC]: If you live in Queens but drive a truck into Manhattan for work, we get it. It’s probably a necessity. And if the congestion pricing plan commissioned by Governor Andrew Cuomo went into effect, your company would be hit with the proposed $25.34 charge for driving in the city below 60th Street.

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