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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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In this week’s New York City events picks, we selected the Hermione Project Lafayette, a play at the French Institute Alliance Francaise about the young Marquis de Lafayette who sailed to America at age 19 as a volunteer soldier and became the youngest general in George Washington’s army. The play is actually part of a larger celebration and feat–a recreation of the 18th century ship, the Hermione, that brought Lafayette over with French troops to support the American Revolution in 1780. The frigate, built by hand off plans from the Hermione’s sister ship, departed this past Saturday from Rochefort France for Yorktown, Virginia where it is expected to land on June 5th. It will sail up and down the east coast and Canada stopping at ports of call and will arrive to New York for the American Independence Day, July 2nd to 4th where there will be a harbor parade for it.


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Tonight, 432 Park Avenue will open its doors for its first public event ever for the Storefront for Art and Architecture 2015 Spring Benefit, TRANS, an auction and party. Storefront has shared with Untapped Cities photographs from inside the tower, in anticipation of tonight’s event (which will take place in the lobby, but have virtual reality tools to bring the experiences above down to attendees).


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The crumbling World’s Fair Pavilion is not the only concern for the future of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Numerous organizations, including NYC Parks, the Queens Museum, and the Design Trust for Public Space are seeking ways to better connect the park, traditionally cut off by highways and large-scale infrastructure, to neighboring communities. A new exhibit at Queens Museum displays concepts developed by the community in this latest civic-led approach to improvements in the park. Entitled You Are Here: Creating a New Approach to Civic Participation in the World’s Parkthe exhibition is the culmination of the first phase of The World’s Park: Reconnecting a Regional Park with Its Neighbors, a community engagement partnership.

Below are four design concepts put forth in the presentation yesterday and on view at the Queens Museum through May 3rd.


The New York Times has a video of what you’ll see when you take the elevators to the observatory atop One World Trade Center–and it’s pretty neat. An animated time lapse in all 5 elevators shows the development of the city’s skyline, from the 1500s to today from the perspective of your exact spot inside One World Trade Center. Immersive, floor to ceiling LED technology lines each elevator, and you’ll go from bedrock in the early 1500s to the natural shoreline of the early 1600s. But look closely, there seem to be some time errors in the 19th century.


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PETA has been leveraging the power of street art recently, particularly in the United Kingdom. After chicken feet starting appearing all over London by New York City street artist Dan Witz, the latest is a guerrilla installation of donated furs, adapted into animal shapes around Dublin. This installation is by street artist Solus using fur coats from those who have changed their mind about the fur industry. Accompanying each piece is a sticker that leads to BanFurFarms.net, where they can join a growing list of over 30,000 people calling on Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to ban fur farms. Says Solus, “Re-shaping the fur coats into animals is a way to remind us of the life it that once inhabited those garments.”


NYC The Manhattan Bridge-Eric Rosner-IllustrationThe Manhattan Bridge under construction by Eric Rosner

You might recognize Eric Rosner‘s illustrated work from his street art on the walls of New York City. Using ink marker, Rosner has a sketch style that brings a vitality to New York City’s architecture–the buildings seem to emerge and flow upwards from the activity that one imagines was in the streets during the Gilded Age. Our knowledge of that time period, of which Rosner has a penchant for, comes from the staid, black and white vintage photography so oft-circulated. While those images are beautiful, they don’t always capture the hustle and bustle that characterized this particular era–the first skyscrapers, technological advancement, and the rise and fall of great fortunes.