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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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Penn Station, even the current incarnation, is full of fun secrets–the subject of our upcoming tour on the Remnants of the Original Penn Station. Yesterday, we discovered a new curiosity: this door to nowhere in the Amtrak terminal. This is a question for all you intrepid Untapped readers out there. What is this door for?

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New YOrk State Pavilion-Abandoned Observation Towers-Flushing Meadows Corona Park-Queens-Robert Fein-NYC-002Looking towards the Tent of Tomorrow from the first deck

Robert Fein is one of the passionate members of the 3000+ group People for the New York State Pavilion on Facebook, supporting the preservation of the wonderfully Space Age structures in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park by Philip Johnson. In our previous coverage of this unique architectural landmark, we featured Fein’s then and now photographs of the pavilion when it was in use for the World’s Fair of 1964 compared to the deterioration state captured earlier this year. Now, he’s shared with us new photographs from inside the observation towers (made famous in Men in Black), following up an earlier exploration done by an Untapped Cities contributor.

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Grand Central Empty-Blizzard Storm Juno-MTA Photo-2015-NYCPhotos of Grand Central: Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin

Proving that man is no match for the hype surrounding potentially disruptive weather forecasts, here is a beautiful shot of Grand Central Terminal utterly empty this morning following the transportation shut down by Governor Cuomo in anticipation of Juno. The MTA released photos of Grand Central and Penn Station, devoid of people on their Flickr feed this morning:

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Yesterday, The McKittrick Hotel announced the arrival of The Lodge, a wintertime conversion of rooftop bar Gallow Green into a veritable cabin in the woods. Since this is the McKittrick Hotel of Sleep No More fame we’re talking about, expect nothing less than an all-out theatrical experience. This is a cabin that will take you, mind and body, out of New York City and straight to the wintry, Scottish woodlands.

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In February 1881, Thomas Alva Edison left his workbench in Menlo Park, New Jersey behind for New York City with the challenge of not only bringing electric light to lower Manhattan, but also to prove that his light could be applied to practical use. This was a business strategem more than a scientific one, as explained by the new PBS American Experience documentary “Edison” that premieres next Tuesday, January 27th. We’ve got an exclusive clip from the episode, which shows the spots Edison while pushing the lightbulb “to its full realization.”

Here are three spots in New York City that Edison worked in and left his mark:

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Underwest Donuts, a boutique donut shop which opened in December 2014 inside the 24-hour West Side Highway Car Wash, embodies in one swoop the evolving demographics and urban landscape of the far West Side in Hell’s Kitchen. New condos are springing up designed by the world’s starchitects, Hell’s Kitchen is expanding its reputation as a foodie destination by attracting high-end, local purveyors to places like Gotham West Market, and tourists are wandering over from the Intrepid, the cruise terminal and the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway.

Yet, there’s nothing fancy about the entrance to Underwest Donuts, where the cars first get sudsed up just after the drivers drop them off. To pay for their car wash, drivers have to first walk a long hallway–on one side they can see their car getting washed through, first up on the other side is the counter for Underwest Donuts, named after the nickname of the West Side Highway when it was ran elevated above the car wash.

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