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.
Hammond Typewriter, curved keyboard and wooden platform, USA circa 1913
The New York Herald Tribune was a collaboration between two journalism giants: Horace Greeley, who founded the Tribune in 1841 and James Gordon Bennett who created the Herald in 1835. The paper won 14 Pulitzer Prizes, making its home at 219 West 40th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenue for 43 years starting in 1923. The last issue was printed on 40th Street on April 23rd, 1966. The building is now home, fittingly, to CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Scattered throughout the building are 15 vintage typewriters, a gift from the family of Robert E. Dallos, the New York Bureau Chief of the Los Angeles Times from 1978 to 1991. (more…)
In 1964, a father and son were renovating a former speakeasy in the East Village into a theater when they came across two unopened safes in the basement. The speakeasy had been sold eagerly for a very cheap price and the entertainment business then was closely linked to mobsters. To touch their belongings meant death. Opening it with the former owner, $2 million dollars were found inside. What happened next has shaped the lives and the theater for the next sixty years.
Join us for a tour and cocktail at this former Prohibition speakeasy on Sunday May 18th at 3pm, which includes a guided walk through of the Museum of the American Gangster. You’ll see the original safes that were discovered, the former escape routes for the mafia, and more. There are only a few tickets left, so grab them now!