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

  • $2.4 Billion Deal for Chelsea Market Enlarges Google’s New York Footprint [The New York Times]: Google, the tech company with a seemingly insatiable appetite for space in New York, is buying Chelsea Market, the blocklong Nabisco factory turned food mart, office building and tourist attraction, for about $2.4 billion, according to two executives who have been briefed on the deal and requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it.
  • Building Demolition Reveals Ghost Sign on Flatbush Avenue in Park Slope [Brownstoner]: A ghost sign has been revealed on the corner of Flatbush and 5th Avenue in Park Slope, and Brownstoner columnist Cara Greenberg snapped some photos. It’s a sign for a picture-framing business, established 1876 — but the name of the business is almost completely illegible.
  • The Second Avenue Subway Is Already Screwed [The Village Voice]: The Second Avenue Subway may not be finished in our lifetime, but even if it is, it will be stuck with reduced capacity. Thanks to a crucial decision made by the MTA back in the project’s first phase of construction, according to a newly published Regional Plan Association report, the new line will never carry as many passengers as it might have unless the MTA spends billions of dollars to fix a key problem.

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