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

  • Want a 10 percent discount on rent? You’ll have to walk 10 minutes to the nearest subway [6sqft]: While amenities like on-site laundry and air conditioning are big selling points in New York City rentals, the building’s proximity to the subway remains one of the most important factors when looking for new digs. And like other amenities, there is an added cost to live near the subway. New data from RentHop breaks down how much renters can save by living further from the subway in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. According to their report, as Curbed NY reported, apartments closest to the subway cost 6 to 8 percent more than the borough median, with the furthest costing 8 to 10 percent less.
  • There’s No Reasoning With the NIMBYs Opposed to a 14th Street Busway [StreetsblogNYC]: Unless DOT and the MTA carve out street space for the most spatially efficient modes of travel, the impending L train shutdown is going to unleash a traffic tsunami on the neighborhoods around 14th Street. Without fast, reliable buses and safe bikeways, the streets will be jammed with Ubers for 15 months.
  • A new interactive spy museum opens in Midtown on Friday [TimeOut New York]: If you’ve ever watched a James Bond film and were like, “That doesn’t look that hard” while popping another chip in your mouth or “Wow, he slid across a car, really impressive” while rolling your eyes, you can now find out how good of a spy you would actually be. Time to put up or shut up, ya backseat spier!

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