Here’s what the Untapped Cities staff is reading in the HQ today:
- The Panorama Challenge is back! See if you can answer past years’ toughest trivia questions [6sqft]: For the 11th year, the City Reliquary, Queens Museum, and The Levys’ Unique New York! have partnered for the Panorama Challenge, considered the ultimate NYC trivia.
- Could the Waldorf Astoria be sold by the Chinese government? [CurbedNY]: Is the Waldorf Astoria’s condo conversion in jeopardy? The Chinese government’s takeover of the Anbang Insurance Group Co., the developer behind the Waldorf conversion, has raised serious questions about the future of the project.
- Highly elegant and highly classified: The history of espionage at the St. Regis [6sqft]: You know that Old King Cole had a pipe and bowl, but did you know he also had a cloak and dagger? New York’s hyper-illustrious St. Regis Hotel, home to the famous King Cole Bar, has a clandestine pedigree that goes straight to its core. Founded by a family of spies, the Hotel became headquarters for the nation’s wartime spy service, and in the process helped inspire not only the Bloody Mary cocktail but also the Invasion of North Africa.
- If you visited the Met earlier this month, you may be at risk for measles [TimeOut New York]: The New York State Health Department issued a notice on Friday warning that an Australian tourist confirmed to have measles visited locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn earlier this month, potentially exposing New Yorkers to the virus.
Today’s popular articles:
- Daily What?! There’s a Floating Barge Prison in the East River
- 11 Vintage Subway Amenities the MTA Should Bring Back
- 10 NYC Music Venues That Double As Art Galleries