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.
We first met Orit Greenberg, a film location scout for Boardwalk Empire, when she was looking for a 1920s bank interior for the fourth season. She had come across the abandoned Bank of Manhattan in Long Island City through Untapped Cities, during our exhibition partnership with No Longer Empty inside the bank. With our recent two part series on Boardwalk Empire film locations, we decided it was time we did a profile on Orit.
At Untapped Cities, our community of contributors and readers are the most important thing to us. We began with one person writing and photographing the city and now have over 300 contributors around the world sharing quirky urban finds and architectural tidbits. We’re always amazed by the tips and articles submitted by our readers and are always welcoming new people into our growing contributor base.
We’re pretty f*ing excited to be approaching 10,000 real Untapped Cities fans on Facebook. as we’ve never once advertised for “likes” on Facebook or “followers” on Twitter. In honor of this milestone, we’re doing a giveaway for a ticket to our upcoming tour of the off-limits Woolworth Building (1st Prize), an illustrated print of Central Park by Lynn Lieberman, and postcards of NYC by the Downtown Doodler.
We’ve only got a few tickets left on the January 22nd tour (at 6:30pm) and one of those will go to one of our lucky readers! Enter the giveaway in the widget below. You can also buy tickets for the tour directly at the bottom of this page.
In our roundup of nautically-influenced architecture in New York City, the O’Toole Medical Services Building of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Greenwich Village was high on our list. Built originally for the National Maritime Union by architect Albert C. Ledner, it’s clad in white with portholes as windows. It closed in 2010, but The New York Times has reported that the building will be reused as a medical facility again by the North-Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, who will repurpose the space as an emergency room and care center.
As reported by The Atlantic Cities, Keir Clarke has been building a Yahoo! Autocomplete Map, showing search suggestions when you type in a city, state or country. The results range from funny to random, often a pretty choice insult: “New Jersey is a dump,” “Delaware is the worst state,” “Louisiana is a third world country,” “Philadelphia is ugly,” “Detroit is crap,” “Washington is Hollywood for Ugly People,” “Chicago is so two years ago.”