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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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Art fairs, preservation talks at the New York Transit Museum and MoMA PS1, the Havana Film Festival, and a cash-mob event at Penn Books round out the Untapped events picks for the upcoming week:

Monday, March 23rd: The music of The Talking Heads, David Byrne at Carnegie Hall performed by artists like Steve Earle, Perry Farrell, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Bebel Gilberto, O.A.R., Rufus Wainwright, and house band the Roots in this all-star event. At 8pm.


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New York City is not a city known for calm, although we’ve previously shared with you a guide on where to find quiet in the city, along with a map for solitude. And while there are certainly many temples in the city, offering their own form of refuge (as well as some fabulous basement canteens), there are also full-on monasteries in the city, each with a quirky history to tell.


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In addition to our guide for the 8 best macaron shops in New York City, you can use this handy map from Gothamist that shows where they are free on Macaron Day, tomorrow March 20th. Participating shops will donate a portion of the proceeds to City Harvest in this annual festival started by Francois Payard in 2010. A few of our favorites from our guide will be offering free macarons today including Payard, Macaron Parlor, Bisous Chiao, Macaron Cafe, and Bouchon Bakery.


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Continuing our special Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series in partnership with the NYCEDC following the series launch at the Brooklyn Kings Theatre, we’ll be taking 25 lucky Untapped Cities readers on a unique tour of the raw spaces of the Brooklyn Army Terminal on April 21st at 6pm, into areas not normally accessible to the public or for tours and untouched for 40 years, as well as the roof of the terminal. Previously used by the Army, the raw spaces feature speed limit signs from when jeeps drove around on upper floors the during WWII and leftover paintings from the military on the walls. The tour will be led by Dean Bodnar, Senior Vice President with the NYCEDC who oversees the Brooklyn Army Terminal. We will also visit some of the manufacturing tenants inside. Tickets are limited and the tour is already more than half sold out following our soft announcement yesterday.

THIS TOUR IS NOW SOLD OUT. Sign up for the waitlist:



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On Monday evening, 25 lucky Untapped Cities readers attended the launch of our Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series in partnership with the NYCEDC, in a tour of the Brooklyn Kings Theatre. Led by Matt Wolf, Executive Director of Kings Theatre, Christina DeRose, Senior Vice President at NYCEDC and Charley Macgrew, Director of Marketing at Kings Theatre, guests were given an insider perspective on the multi-year restoration. While walking through the space, we were struck by the number of lesser-known secrets of the theater, one of the opulent Loew’s Wonder Theatres.


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There’s a consistency among the impressions of those who have dared the climb up the Manhattan Bridge. First and foremost, there’s something transcendent about the experience, not just from being up high and well, trespassing, but being able to take in the activity of lower Manhattan while simultaneously not being a part of it. Recently photographer  headed up to photograph the Manhattan Bridge, telling us “At the top it’s like having New York City in the palm of your hands, and with one slip you could lose it all.”