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

  • 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.

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