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 March, we posted the first Judgmental Map of NYC by Joe Larson. Though hilarious, his colorful comments were mostly located to Manhattan, which Untapped reader Ivan also pointed out in the comments “Hey look at that someone who thinks NYC doesn’t extend past Manhattan how cute.” As if responding to that cue, Larson released an all new judgmental map this week.
Last summer, we rounded up six great urban photography projects that were going on, including those visiting every bodega in Manhattan, capturing the city’s disappearing neon signs, and a guy walking every street of NYC. Yesterday, another one came across our way: For the last three years, five friends have been visiting and documenting New York’s old-school pizza joints. For extra authenticity, all five are native New Yorkers. According to Ian Manheimer, a member of The New York Pizza Project, they’ve “been to over 100 of the most authentic shops in the City: talking to patrons and pizza makers, snapping photos…We like to say, it’s not about the food, it’s about everything else.”
It’s amazing to us that we’re about to welcome our seventh internship class here at Untapped Cities. Are you interested in how it all comes together? Journalism, blogging, photography, social media, advertising, business development? Our interns get to do it all, writing published articles from day one, managing their own columns, exploring the city, and covering events. You don’t need to be a journalism major, just have a passion for cities and writing–we’ll teach you the rest! We’re currently accepting applications for interns for Summer 2014 in New York City:
Editorial Internship: The editorial interns will work directly with Untapped Cities’ founder and managing editor on determining the publication schedule, proposing new articles, networking with our publication partners, writing their own regular column and feature pieces.