Here’s what the Untapped Staff is reading in the HQ today:
- MTA $1M Genius Transit Challenge winners suggest faster trains and robot workers to fix subway hell [6sqft]: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has announced the winners of the agency’s MTA Genius Transit Challenge; eight winners will split a $1 million prize for their ideas and concepts on how to upgrade the city’s creaky and complaint-riddled subway system. The contest is part of an effort to bring the subway’s capacity and reliability up to speed. The challenge is a joint venture between the MTA and Partnership for New York City. The challenge received over 400 submissions from around the world.
- The twin wood houses time forgot in Turtle Bay [Ephemeral NY]: What was once verdant farmland bisected by Eastern Post Road far from the city center was now humming with new houses and industry. Soon, the Second Avenue Elevated would start clanging nearby on enormous iron trestles.
- The Great Blizzard of 1888 in Greenpoint [Greenpointers]: Monday, March 12th marks the hundred and thirtieth anniversary of the greatest storm ever to hit Greenpoint: The Great Blizzard of 1888. Snowfalls of 20–60 inches fell locally, and sustained winds of more than 45 miles per hour produced snowdrifts 50 feet high.
- A lonely newsstand at an empty subway entrance [Ephemeral NY]: “Read The Sun,” the banner across this shack-like newsstand states, of the stories 19th century newspaper that met its demise in 1950.
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