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Michelle is the founder of Untapped Cities. She can usually be found in New York (where she grew up), Paris, backpacking in South America or Southeast Asia, or in-transit between. She has an obsession with buses, shoots with a Nikon SLR camera, and destroys cellos on stage with her indie rock band. She’s traveled to 35 countries, including working for earthquake disaster organizations in Peru and Sumatra. She is an author of 100 Ways to Make History, published by the New York Public Library. She holds a masters in urban planning from Columbia University, a B.A. from Harvard in the History of Art & Architecture, and is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music. Follow her on Twitter @untappedmich.


In Washington D.C's 5x5 Project, 5 curators with a team of 5 artists create temporary public art all over active and enliven the city. Read more.
Here’s what the Untapped staff is reading in the HQ today: Behold, The Met’s Newly Renovated 70,706-Square-Foot Plaza [Gothamist] Massimo Vignelli’s NYC Subway Manual Is Coming Back In Print [Fast Co, Vignelli maps on Untapped previously] Archtober: A Monthlong Celebration of Design and Architecture Returns to New York City [Dwell] Queenswalk: The Benevolent Society of Elks [Brownstoner Queens] Up Read more. Read more.
The original NYC Commissioner's Plan of 1811 that was submitted to Congress is still on file at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. Here's a closeup look. Read more.
A 1973 map by the Office of Midtown Planning and Development locates the massage parlors, prostitution hotels, peep shows, and adult video stores in Midtown NYC Read more.
Inside the old Rizzoli’s Bookstore Rizzoli’s Will Reopen in NYC’s NoMad Neighborhood [Rizzoli, inside the Old Rizzoli's] Snooping in an Abandoned Storybook Castle in New York [Abandoned NYC] After 55 Years in Vaunted Spot, a Picasso Is Persuaded to Curl [NY Times] Battle over bones: Archdioceses of New York and Peoria in dispute over body of popular Read more. Read more.
In the shadow of the World Trade Center site in NYC was once a thriving 13-block small business stronghold known as Radio Row that is now lost. Read more.