Here’s what the Untapped Cities staff is reading in the HQ today:
- MTA launches new dashboard that tracks bus performance [CurbedNY]: The MTA has launched a new online performance dashboard that tracks bus speeds and determines the time that commuters spend waiting for a bus to arrive in comparison to bus schedules.
- Don’t Sleep On Williamsburg’s Immersive Instagram Experience [Observer]: New York might be the city that never sleeps, but its residents are about to live the dream. Introducing Dream Machine, New York’s latest Instagram-worthy pop-up. Much like Refinery29’s annual 29Rooms selfie playground or the sugar rush at Museum of Ice Cream, the Dream Machine will allow guests to wander through a series of elaborately decorated rooms in an effort to capture every single moment on social media.
- NYC Breaks Tourism Record For 8th Straight Year [Patch]: New York City set a new record for tourism in 2017, marking the eighth consecutive year of growth, city officials announced Tuesday. An estimated 62.8 million tourists visited New York City in 2017, an increase of 2.3 million compared to 2016, the city’s tourism agency NYC & Company announced. Of those tourists, 49.7 million were domestic visitors and 13.1 million were international visitors — both record numbers — city officials said.
- The Urban Lens: Carrie Boretz remembers NYC street life in the 70s, 80s, and 90s [6sqft]: In New York’s bad old days, the city was a house of horrors, but it made for some incredible photos. Carrie Boretz was there through the decades, documenting the madness and the emotion, the cops lunching on park benches, the conversations on out-of-order payphones, the open-air wig stores, the famous and the unknown, all joined by the city and its streets. In her new book, “Street: New York City 70s, 80s, 90s,” these images line the pages in a nostalgic time warp to a glorious, if troubled, era. Boretz’s photos are currently on display through March 31st at Umbrella Arts on East 9th Street.
Today’s popular articles:
- 10 Ways to Commemorate the 107th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
- Name the Lower East Side’s Three Mascot Angel Fish and Win a Book, Bialys, Doughnuts and Pickles
- 10 Famous Mob Hangouts in NYC