Aerial view of Rikers Island. Image via Wikimedia Commons: U.S. Geological Survey
Here’s what the Untapped Staff is reading in the HQ today:
- How the Manhattan neighborhood of Turtle Bay got its name [6sqft]: The Manhattan neighborhood of Turtle Bay, a stretch of Midtown East that holds everything from skyscrapers to brownstones, has a history dating back to 1639. Modern-day New Yorkers might envision the area got its name from “hundreds of turtles sunning themselves on the rocks along the East River between 45th and 48th Streets,” as Ephemeral New York puts it.
- NYC picks Perkins Eastman to study alternatives to Rikers [CurbedNY]: In November last year, the city issued Request for Proposals (RFP) to encourage design firms to present alternatives to the Rikers Island prison. On Thursday, the city revealed the firm it had selected to move forward with that process: Perkins Eastman.
- MTA chairman would like to see ‘more positive’ tweets about the subway [CurbedNY]: If you’ve fired off a series of angry tweets when subway delays made you late to work/a doctor’s appointment/a meeting/basically any important life event, you’re not alone—and the MTA has taken notice.
- MTA track work on 7 line is hurting Woodside businesses, councilman says [amNewYork]: While the MTA’s repair work on elevated subway tracks in Woodside is “much needed,” it’s also threatening the livelihood of local business owners, according to City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.
Today’s popular Untapped Cities articles:
- 14 Beautiful Vintage Subway Entrances in NYC
- The NYC That Never Was: 10 Outrageous Architectural Plans that Never Left the Drawing Board
- A Brooklyn Pizzeria Is Slinging Out Tide Pod-Inspired Pizzas