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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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When was the last time you had a home cooked Togolese dinner inside a bodega after hours with a group of strangers and a DJ? Probably never. The “WOÉZÕ Comfort” meal is one of the offerings on Feastly, an online platform that aims to reintroduce the home cooked meal, connecting adventurous eaters with local cooks. The WOÉZÕ dinner (pronounced “way-zoh,” cooked by Peace Corps alum Mitch Bloom, takes place monthly in Bed-Stuy Fresh and Local, a grocery store run by neighborhood couple Dylan Ricards and Sheila Akbar. The produce gets pushed to the side and a long communal table is set up just in front of the door.


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A few times a year, New Yorkers may come across a dinner party inside a dumpster. While at first glance, it may seem like yet another “hipster” pop-up, the Salvage Supperclub is far from that. It’s a dinner series with a mission: to change the way people see food waste. Using expired and imperfect foods donated from local farms, restaurants and food co-ops, a gourmet multi-course meal is created by a chef and the proceeds are donated to food-related non-profits like City Harvest and Culinary Corps. The next dinner is tomorrow, but since it’s winter it won’t be on the street in a dumpster. Instead, the dinner is taking place at Ascent Contemporary Projects, a gallery in Tribeca. There will also be a panel discussion. Tickets for the event are here and there are just three left.


One of the best events of the year is the No Pants Subway Ride, which took place again yesterday afternoon. You can see photographs from previous year’s events here and here, where maybe the press got a little too involved. Here’s this year’s official video from the Improv Everywhere team who produces the event worldwide, and other fantastic pop-up pranks.


Monday January 12th

New York City speakeasy, The Back Room, hosts its weekly Lucky’s Lounge Mondays, an evening of free live jazz from the Prohibition era featuring Svetlana and the Delancey Five. Swing dancers usually show up impromptu. Starts at 9pm.


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So this is awesome. Two snowmen sitting on the Brooklyn side of the bridge–one American with a tricorner hat, holding a firecracker and American flag. The other with your French stereotypes, yes, but it’s pretty cute nonetheless–baguettes, mustache, striped scarf and French bread. Created by Snowmen of NY, sourced from imgur, the comments on the photo entitled “From NYC to France with Love” are just as priceless as the photo. Our favorite, “That’s a fucking huge baguette.”


If you’re curious what the New York City subway system looked like the 1980s, check out this video of Times Square-42nd Street in 1986. The rail and photography enthusiast runs a German website called Pacific Railroad and shot this footage during a trip through the United States and Canada. While living in Canada, he was inspired by the North American railways, he writes on the website.