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michelle young

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.

03/26/14 4:00pm

 Coolest Hotel Pools in NYCImage via Curbed NY

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03/25/14 1:00pm

While we’ve gone into the construction of 1 World Trade Center ourselves, taking video with Google Glass and riding the see-through external elevator, the latest stunts at the tallest tower in the United States, really take it to the next level. This is the GoPro video made by base jumpers who took off from the top of the tower last September. Go to 1:30 to get your feet tingling, 2:20 for the first jump and 2:50 for first person POV free fall.


03/21/14 3:00pm

Muppets Take Manhattan-2

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03/21/14 12:00pm

After our most recent Untapped Cities exclusive tour of the Woolworth Building, where we went into the bowls of the famously off-limits building, we shared our top 10 favorite secrets including the infamous pool, the safety deposit vault in the basement, the gorgeous mezzanine, the water tank in the boiler room and the building’s connection to the Manhattan Project. We have just three tickets left to our next tour on April 12th at 1pm.

Untapped Cities will be offering readers the chance for intimate, hour-long tour of the normally off-limits Woolworth Building lobby led by Lisa Swyers, a preservationist working directly with the archives of the Woolworth Building. In addition to a guided visit through the spectacular lobby, we will also visit the basement level where the bank vault is located and where the former entrances to the subway are. Other locations, as seen on previous Untapped Cities tours, will be dependent on building access on the particular day. Untapped Cities works directly with the tour guides to provide additional access not necessarily available on regular tours of the building.

Following the tour, we will lead guests to an optional cocktail hour at the historic Fraunces Tavern.

03/20/14 4:00pm

Trinity Church Antaractica-Messy Nessy ChicThe Churches of Antarctica [via Messy Nessy]

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