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

  • New York Today: Heartwarming Commutes [The New York Times]: Sure, we could grumble about delays and overcrowding. But in the spirit of starting the week on a positive note, we thought we’d take a day off from complaining. We recently asked our readers to send their positive commuting stories, and dozens wrote in to tell us about helping hands, shared seats, spirit-lifting music and more.
  • Snowpocalypse (aka the Great Blizzard of 1888) Hit Brooklyn 130 Years Ago [Brownstoner]: Whenever anyone talks about snowstorms in New York City, the Great Blizzard of 1888 is always mentioned. The photographs of Victorian era folk standing next to eight foot snowdrifts are iconic pieces of New York City history. We’ve had snowstorms that have dumped more snow down on us in a single storm than that one did, and we’ve had plenty that managed to shut down the city — several of them in the last 10 or so years.
  • A 21st Street building’s former life as a hotel [Ephemeral New York]: It may not have been the poshest hotel in the 19th century city. That honor could be bestowed on the nearby Fifth Avenue Hotel at Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street, where politicians and power brokers wined and dined.
  • Game of Tomes: The NYPL Digital Scrapbook Collection [Bowery Boogie]: The New York Public Library just updated “Iram and Paul Milstein’s Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy” collection with an intriguing new subset of images. Users now have an all access pass into the “Scrapbooks of New York City Views.” Bend the knee. Their digitized collection is now even better than it was. From tenements to The Tombs, the Croton Reservoir, Dyckman Farm, the bridges, theatres, rowhouses, mansions… Swoon worthy stuff.

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