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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.


Once a year, the enormous blue whale model that hangs from the Irma and Paul Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History gets cleaned – and it’s being livestreamed on YouTube. The event, aptly titled the “2016 Whale Wash” takes place over two days and started yesterday. The livestream will run today between 11 am and 12 pm (check back here at 11 am to see it above).

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#GovIsland365 Cube. Photo by Julienne Schaer for NYCEDC

On Friday just before Labor Day weekend, the NYCEDC launched an interactive installation on Governors Island called #GovIsland365 that will solicit New Yorkers to give feedback on turning Governors Island into a year round destination. A cube designed by artist Amber Rae located at Soisson Landing where the ferry drops off features an interactive chalkboard. Visitors can write their ideas on what they’d like to see on Governors Island if it were open 365 days a year until September 25th and anyone can fill out the online survey though the end of September.

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“Are you an architect?” asked the Suffolk County Parks representative inside the architecturally famous Big Duck in Flanders, Long Island, “I can always tell.” The Big Duck is one of those iconic must visits for architects and architectural historians – on par with a visit to Le Corbusier‘s Villa Savoye outside Paris. The Big Duck gave rise to an architectural term – a “duck” – or a building whose shape represents the business or service available inside, thanks to its inclusion in the famous book Learning from Las Vegas by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown about roadside architecture.

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We have a great set of behind the scenes tours coming up this month, with a special visit to the Brooklyn Kings Theatre and the return of old favorites like the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal, the Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam and others. While some of our tours are already sold out for September (Woolworth Building, NYC subway tour), here’s a preview of what we do have in store which still have tickets:

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Photographer Nathan Kensinger, whose photography and projects have appeared on Untapped Cities and websites like Curbed NY, has a new installation inside the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center subway station that looks at the changing Brooklyn waterfront. Entitled Industrial Twilight, the large format photographs art part of the MTA Arts & Design Program and depict locations Kensinger has documented over the last decade.

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In Crown Heights south of Eastern Parkway, a stretch of Rogers Avenue is quietly buzzing. Most recently, an art house movie theater named Video Revival has opened, hidden inside a former beauty salon and barbershop storefront, on Rodgers Avenue between Sullivan Place and Montgomery Street.

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