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.
The second phase of Hunter’s Point South on Long Island City now has a developer, architect and non-profit partner. Hunter’s Point South is not only the largest development in the Bloomberg administration but also the largest affordable housing project in over three decades, since Co-op City in the Bronx and Starrett City in Brooklyn. Architecture firm ODA has released initial and design evolution renderings (below) for Parcel C, the largest block of the development located along Hunter’s Point South Park. ODA beat out BIG (in association with Related), ShOP Architects and Perkins Eastman for the bid.
We remember the day we sent our writer and photographer Rachel Fawn Alban to 5Pointz for the first time. From then on she went back, regularly. With the sudden whitewashing of 5Pointz and the vacating of artists from the building, the resident cat also had to leave so Rachel took him home with her. Baxter the “graffiti cat” was first introduced in 2007 or 2008, reports DNAInfo, as a way to control the mice. He became so popular with the artists and tourists, he had his own bed in the building.
You’re likely familiar with the gorgeous entrance to Green-Wood Cemetery across from the abandoned McGovern-Weir greenhouse, the lush rural landscape of the cemetery, and maybe even the catacombs inside the cemetery. But there’s a mostly forgotten, undeveloped little outcropping (highlighted in red above) that also holds some great Revolutionary War history: the beginning of the Battle of Brooklyn (also known as the Battle of Long Island or the Battle of Brooklyn Heights).
More than a decade after 9/11, some businesses in New York City have chosen to keep their Twin Towers-inspired logos. We spotted Manhattan Fruit in Greenpoint, whose “H” in Manhattan references the Twin Towers and the “A” the Empire State Building. Similarly, those Manhattan Mini Storage ads are all over the city but you’ve probably been paying more attention to their funny slogans. The company has also chosen to keep the Twin Towers in its logo: