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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.


Grand Central Theatre-Lost-Secrets-NYC

Gothamist has a great post about the movie theater that was once in Grand Central Terminal–something we’ve covered before but they have nice vintage images and items in the post. Grand Central Theatre, opened in 1937 (possibly earlier), showing news reels, shorts and cartoons. The 242-seat theater operated for three decades and then was gutted for retail. Today it’s the Grande Harvest Wine shop next to Track 17, a previous tenant was a photo shop. Renovations to the terminal in the 1990s revealed the ceiling, that stylistically matches the one in the main terminal.

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Streets of NYC-Lynn Goldsmith-Celebrity Photography-Morrison Hotel Gallery-NYCSting and The Police 8th Avenue and 37th Street, 1978. Photo by Lynn Goldsmith, via Morrison Hotel Gallery

A new exhibit, Streets of NYC, at the Morrison Hotel Gallery features thirty years of celebrity street portraits by photographer Lynn Goldsmith, that incidentally also capture a lot of New York City that has disappeared. As the Boston Globe writes, “this show is as much about New York as it is about her subjects, many of whom have also been close friends and collaborators. Some of the prints show parts of the city that no longer exist. An area where she photographed artists near the West Side Highway is now the High Line.”

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Disquaires de Paris-Lost Record Stores of Paris-Fun Maps-Phonographic History-NYC.40 PM

Paris was once at the forefront of the music industry and dotted with phonographic shops. The project Disquaires de Paris has created an impressive interactive map with archival material documenting 120 years of sound recording, all locations which are no longer in existence today. The list includes retail shops that sold recordings (what we traditionally would think of as a record store), stores that sold phonographic cylinders and other methods of recording (which appeared in the city starting in the 1890s), as well as luthiers who who were among the first to get on board with sound recording.

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JR Flatiron Pasting-Giant Man Walking-NYC

On the cover of this special new issue of The New York Times Magazine is a massive JR street art piece on the pedestrianized Flatiron Plaza next to Madison Square Park photographed from a helicopter. The wheat pasted image of a man (recent Brooklyn immigrant Elmar Aliyev from Azerbaijan) walking, made of 62 large strips of printed paper, was tweeted out by Jake Silverstein, editor in chief of the magazine, this morning.

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Sebastian Masuda Time After Time Capsule Hello Kitty sculpture Dag Hammarskjold Plaza NYC Plaza

Hello Kitty (or Pop Art) lovers rejoice! A 9-foot Hello Kitty Time Capsule is coming to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (a public space familiar to large scale art) from April 29th to September 13th, a project by Japanese artist Sebastian Masuda. Called the “Time After Time Capsule,” the translucent sculpture will collect people’s memories, termed “kawaii,” which Masuda describes as “objects and feelings uniquely personalized by each individual. Kawaii is what you make of it. Bringing the sculptures together into a greater whole, as intended with this project, we hope to create a treasure trove of your cherished items and store them in these larger-than-life time capsules.” In fact, the time capsules will be installed in numerous cities over the next five years and displayed as one massive sculpture at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Bushwick Collective, Troutman Street, Brooklyn 3

We’ve been following the development of Sketchfab for a while, a YouTube of sorts for 3D objects (they were even nice enough to 3D scan the Untapped Cities team in December). We’ve also been noticing a good number of 3D street art scans pop up in the database, particularly in New York City, which is a great addition to Sketchfab’s existing institutional partnerships with museums like Cooper-Hewitt and British Museum to 3D scan their collections.

What makes the Sketchfab scans unique to say, the Google Street Art Project is the ability to see how street art is applied and adapted to the three-dimensional street. The collection in New York City highlights the Bushwick Collective‘s work in Brooklyn along with some other pieces like one of Karl Lagerfeld.

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