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

  • The MTA May Soon Be Getting Even More of Your Money [The Village Voice]: A significant portion of New York City property owners may soon find themselves giving the Metropolitan Transit Authority more money to fund new construction. Thanks to a provision in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2019 budget proposal, the MTA may soon be allowed to tax not only properties that will benefit from new construction going forward but also ones that have financially benefited from any major infrastructure project in the past 37 years.
  • The life and death of Willets Point [CurbedNY]: For many decades, Willets Point was one of New York City’s most unique neighborhoods. Hundreds of junkyards and auto body shops lined its ragged streets, luring in a constant parade of damaged cars. Meanwhile, thousands of local workers traversed its flooded potholes, building a colorful community of muffler artists and hubcap kings. Better known as the Iron Triangle, it was a dirty, loud, vibrant mess—exactly the kind of place that New York was once famous for.
  • The Best Tropical Tiki Bars in America’s Coldest Cities [Observer]: Despite the balmy forecast in New York this week, we’re still a few months away from our regularly scheduled outdoor drinking weather. And, not to be the bearers of bad news, but unpredictable late February and early March weather fronts may still bring low temps, blustery winds and maybe even more snowfall. Luckily, America’s chillier urban centers have plenty of places to seek refuge from the elements, in the form of tiki bars, Southwestern cantinas and heated rooftop lounges.
  • New DEP Garbage Grabbers are cleaning Newtown Creek [Greenpointers]: On Tuesday, that complex kicked it up a notch further when the Department of Environmental protection unveiled 4 brand new “Newtown Creek Litter Capture Devices.” These underground garbage grabbers are designed to trap pollutants in the waterway and direct them towards the plant, where they can then be hauled to landfills. The project required three years of construction and cost the City 42 million dollars.

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