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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.

Brookly Navy Yard Hospital Annex-Abandoned-Steiner Studios-Media Campus Expansion-NYC.06 PMThe Surgeon’s House in the Brooklyn Navy Yard Hospital Annex

Most New Yorkers have been aware of the developments on-going on the Brooklyn Navy Yard, seeing it transform from active military property, to industrial park, to the diversified manufacturing hub it is today. In 2004, Steiner Studios opened as a major anchor tenant of the Navy Yard, with five soundstages and production facilities in a 310,000-square-foot facility. Starting in 2010, Steiner Studios began the process to nearly double its facility, which is at 580,000 square feet today with the addition of five new sound stages and an adaptive reuse of the former Navy Applied Science Laboratory.

In February 2015, a development plan for the third phase of expansion of Steiner Studios was adopted, with a plan to covert the abandoned Brooklyn Navy Yard Hospital Annex into a media campus by 2027. With an estimated price tag of $137.1 million, the third phase would add another 420,000 square feet of floor area to the studio complex, already the largest outside of Hollywood. There will even be an underwater soundstage, the first of its kind in New York City. These photos of existing conditions are all from Final Environmental Impact Statement for the development project.



Yesterday, it was announced that the SeaGlass Carousel in The Battery, an aquatic-themed carousel, would finally open officially on August 20th. You may remember it was supposed to open in 2013 but has been experiencing long delays and has now been in the works for six years. Designed by WXY architecture, the carousel takes the form of a giant nautilus shell that will house 30 large luminescent fish figures (sponsored at $100,000 a piece). Recently, we got a glimpse of those said fish along with the latest on the exterior construction.


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As seen on Gizmodo and Curbed NY the interactive “Surging Seas” maps by Climate Central depicts what New York City would look like if global temperatures rose 2 degrees by the end of the century. And for New York City, that’s not so promising. As you’ll see from these maps, more than waterfront condos getting flooded, much of the city’s major infrastructure will too from an approximately 20 foot sea level rise in this scenario.


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A farm and skate park are growing next to the former Domino Sugar Factory, a community partnership between Two Trees Management Company, the developers of the property and the neighborhood. We recently got a sneak peek inside, as North Brooklyn Farms (also casually known as the Farm on Kent) prepares to open this month.

Formerly located in a vacant lot across the street from the Domino plot, the community garden moved to be directly along the waterfront in May and plans to open later this month. They’re growing flowers and produce, all organic but none of which will be sold. Instead, they’ll be used for dinners to be hosted on site. How’s that for farm to table? From some of the picnic tables that are set up under string lights, you can literally reach over into the produce beds. A shipping container is also being converted into a mushroom farm.


217 W 57th Street-Nordstrom Tower-Central Park Tower-Skyscraper-57th Street-Extell-NYCRendering by YIMBY/Jose Hernandez, with Central Park Tower at left (at unconfirmed 1,795 feet)

This question pops up around the Untapped Cities office pretty often. What’s the latest tallest building in New York City? With so many supertall buildings going up, particularly on the residential end, it can be hard to keep track. This will be our official tally (updated as new buildings come into play, or get chopped down by the powers that be) of the tallest buildings in New York City:


Staten Island New Stapleton Waterfront-NYCEDC-Behind the Scenes NYC Tour-Untapped Cities 2Rendering of New Stapleton Waterfront on Staten Island

On July 25th, we’ll be hosting our next tour in the Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series with the NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). Our previous visits have included special access into the Brooklyn Kings Theatre, the Brooklyn Army Terminal and the Hunts Point Produce Terminal in the Bronx, and we’re heading to another borough this month: Staten Island.

This in-depth tour will begin at the St. George Ferry Terminal, where NYCEDC’s Munro Johnson, Vice President of Development for Staten Island, will speak about the St. George Waterfront developments, then we’ll take the Staten Island Railroad two stops down to Stapleton. Among the stops in Stapleton will be the New Stapleton Waterfront development project with Ironstate Development, who will speak on the construction progress of the decommissioned U.S. Naval base, to be turned into a mixed-use development and public waterfront esplanade.