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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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This week’s events picks are particularly historical, from tours of Gracie Mansion, Greenwich Village and Noho, and a talk about the Crown Heights riots of 1991. But you’ll also be able to check out the occasionally open Hallett Sanctuary on your own, explore the world’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard.

Monday, August 8th

Explore the normally off-limits Hallett Sanctuary in Central Park at your own pace from 2 pm to 5pm. The sanctuary is only open on limited days and times.

At Bryant Park, the screening of Clint Eastwood’s drama Man with No Name in which he starred and directed, will take place on the lawn in the evening.


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Remember Swale, the floating farm in the works for New York City? Well, it’s here and will be moving around from the Bronx, to Governors Island to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Currently, the 130 foot by 40 foot floating platform is docked at Concrete Plant Park along the Bronx River and open Wednesdays to Sundays from 12pm to 7pm. The irresistible offer of free vegetables and herbs for the community include kale, beets, chard, arugula, leeks, artichokes.


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Frustrated with the New York City subway in general? Or afraid of L-magaddon, the 2019 shutdown of the L subway line from 8th Avenue to Bedford? You can escape into urban planning fantasy with the website, “Brand New Subway” and build your own system. If building an entire transit system seems daunting have no fear. You can start with the existing system today and go from there. You can fast forward to 2025 with its proposed changes. You can go back to 1972, with the map by Massimo Vignelli. There’s a 1936 map that can’t be selected yet, but we assume is coming. Or you can start completely from scratch.


August 1, 2016

190 Bowery has been quite the subject of conversation over the last few years, once rumors of renovation at the graffiti hotspot started. For decades it was owned by one person, photographer Jay Maisel, who rented it to artists like Roy Lichtenstein. Afterwards, it became a single-family house for Maisel and his family, the largest in New York City with 72 rooms.


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Amidst the country fair atmosphere at today’s thoroughbred horse races, it can be easy to forget the sheer amount of history at the country’s racetracks. Many of them are an easy trip on public transit from New York City, including Belmont Track, home of the Belmont Stakes, and Monmouth Park, on the Jersey shore. On Sunday, we made the 90 tminute train ride to Monmouth Park to catch the Haskell Invitational, a $1 million purse featuring the the Exaggerator, the horse than won the Preakness this year and Nyquist, this year’s Kentucky Derby winner.


This November, the Museum of the City of New York will open the exhibit New York at Its Coreusing its entire first floor to tells the history of New York from Dutch to today. The Museum will release a series of teasers in anticipation, which has already included an updated short video Timescapes that melds old and new over 400 years of history. The first trailer video was just released at last week’s Uptown Bounce event at the museum. The video showcases an historic item, an apple peeler, to tell the story of the third portion of the exhibit from 1898 to 1912.