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Michelle is the founder of Untapped Cities. Michelle can usually be found in New York (where she grew up), Paris, backpacking in South America or Southeast Asia, or in-transit between. She’s traveled to 40+ countries, has an obsession with buses and shoots with a Canon SLR camera. She is an author of 100 Ways to Make History, published by the New York Public Library and is currently working on a book on the history of Broadway for Arcadia. She holds a masters in urban planning from Columbia University, where she is an adjunct professor, 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.

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From Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth, the same duo from design firm Pentagram that reissued the 1970 NYC Subway Graphics Standard Manual and the poster of all 468 subway stations in New York City, now comes a new Kickstarter campaign to reissue the 1975 NASA Graphics Standard Manual. This controversial manual, by Richard Danne and Bruce Blackburn of the New York firm Danne & Blackburn, was approved in 1974 to much fanfare, but as Reed and Smyth write, “over the next 18 years, some people at NASA will attempt to revoke their work. And they will succeed in 1992.” The team aims to highlight this moment in design history–one of the excellent examples of Modernist graphic design during a forward-thinking era.


WNYC Map Distance to NYC Parks-Open Space per Resident

WNYC’s Data News Team has mapped out New York City’s open space accessibility, both in terms of distance to a park and the amount of space, per thousands of residents. Currently, the New York City Parks Department reports that 79% of New Yorkers have access to a small and large park in under ten minutes, but they aim to increase that to 85% by 2030. And as WNYC reports, while the city is doing pretty well in terms of park access, it’s not #1 in the country: “We currently rank fifth out of the 75 most populous cities in the US, according to the Trust for Public Land.”


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There may be no other subway station more contentious among subway buffs than the 76th Street subway station in Queens, an IND station on the A line near Ozone Park, Queens that the The New York Times calls the “Roswell” of the New York City subway system. Its existence is hotly debated but urban explorer Dark Cyanide says us he’s gotten closer than most and shared the photos of his exploration.


Mapdwell MIT Solar System Potential Map-NYC-2

In 2009, we remember late professor Mojdeh Baratloo sharing about her work mapping solar potential of rooftops in New York City. The work was conceptual then and open-source data was in the early stages. But last week, Mapdwell, a collective of academics and researchers from M.I.T., launched the site Solar System, which maps solar rooftop potential in eight American cities, including New York, Boston, Washington D.C. and San Francisco, as well as two cities in Chile. The interactive map allows you to select specific buildings and will calculate the cost of installing a solar system (including tax credits), the number of years it will take to pay back the investment, the revenue per year, and the carbon offset.


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If you didn’t know there was a Food Hall inside Industry City, the sprawling warehouse turned creative and small manufacturing space in Sunset Park, this is your chance to go and check out the latest iteration of Vertical Urban Factory. The exhibition, curated by Nina Rappaport, first launched at The Skyscarper Museum in 2011. Since then it has traveled around the world, to the Architecture Museum in London’s Kings Cross, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, Toronto, Switzerland, and back to New York City. Until August 1st, it was at the Falchi Building in Long Island City after which it moved to Industry City. In that time, the exhibit has expanded to address both local conditions in the places it traveled to, as well as include new developments in manufacturing in the last four years.


1983-Reimagining Statue of Liberty-Storefront for Art and Architecture Competition-PosterCall for Submission, 1983. Image Courtesy of Storefront for Art and Architecture.

In 1983, as the centennial of the Statue of Liberty dedication approached in 1986, the Storefront for Art and Architecture launched an open call competition to reimagine the New York City landmark for the contemporary era. This type of provocative competition is part of the DNA of Storefront, founded in 1982 to present innovative work at the intersection of art and architecture. More than 30 years later, with a distinctive location at 97 Kenmare Street in Nolita, and the opening of an archive at Industry City tomorrow, Storefront continues to present cutting-edge exhibitions and serve as a resource to architects, academics, and journalists alike.