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.
In Charleston, South Carolina sits perhaps the most beautiful housing project in America. Built in a Romanesque Revival style, the William Enston Home consists of free-standing cottages set on a leafy green landscaped property. William Enston was a wealthy businessman in Charleston involved in furniture, real estate and shipping. He left his fortunate to the city of Charleston in 1859, with the stipulation that it be used to build a home for elderly poor.
Yesterday Eater announced that the parody coffee shop, Dumb Starbucks, was heading to Brooklyn in a few weeks. The stunt by Comedy Central’s Nathan Fielder from the show Nathan for You is already shut down in Los Angeles but here are some interior and exterior shots for a laugh. Meanwhile, Starbucks is figuring out how to proceed, legally. ”We are evaluating next steps and while we appreciate the humor, they cannot use our name, which is a protected trademark,” according to an email from Starbucks, as reported by USA Today. The official video for Dumb Starbucks claims, “By adding the word dumb we are legally allowed to use the coveted Starbucks name and logo because we’ve fulfilled the minimum requirements to be considered a parody under US law.” (more…)
Just off of Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, you’ll find a quirky shoe-themed street art installation on the facade of 75 and 75A Hoyt Street. There are a combination of found objects, but most are shoes titled with puns. It’s the work of Nat Hendricks, owner of several buildings on this block of Hoyt Street, including the vintage diner, Victory Cafe, on the corner of Hoyt Street and Smith Street.
As we’ve previously covered 6 of Paris’ abandoned subway stations, we were excited to see this proposal to reuse decommissioned stations as nightclubs, restaurants, a swimming pool, theaters and more, put forth by mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusk-Morizet. Among the stations included are Haxo, Champ de Mars near the Eiffel Tower, Porte Molitor, and Croix Rouge, a Red Cross Station closed since 1930. The plan, if executed, is to open up proposals to the public using an open platform, with final designs selected by a committee.