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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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Untapped Cities contributor Matt Lambros of After the Final Curtain has a new article on his website about the abandoned Loew’s Canal Theater at 31 Canal Street, closed since the 1950s. It has a fascinating history and gorgeous interior, designed by the famous theater architect Thomas Lamb who did many of the forgotten theaters of upper Broadway  and the Empire theater on 42nd Street (now the AMC Empire).


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Welcome to 2015! Here are our top 10 event picks for NYC this week, including the launch of several art and film festivals, great NYC Parks department tours and a day to design your own Central Park.

Monday, January 5

The COIL Festival by P.S. 122 is back with its 10th iteration, celebrating the vitality of live performance.  Tonight, check out RoosElvis, where “the spirits of Elvis Presley and Theodore Roosevelt battle over the soul of Ann” and the daily “yawn” in Times Square at midnight.


In this clip from the 1949 Metro Goldwyn Mayer film Mighty Manhattan – New York’s Wonder City (via Viewing NYC) you get to see some of the iconic sights of New York City in full technicolor. If you can handle the quintessentially mid-century voiceover by James A. Patrick, apparently known then as “The Voice of the Globe,” the cultural generalizations, and the patriotism, you can then revel in New York as it was nearly 70 years ago.


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Ken Schles lived in an abandoned building in the East Village in the 1980s, photographing and witnessing drugs and AIDS destroy the people he knew. While the nature of vintage photography often lends itself towards nostalgia for an earlier era, Schles actively fights such characterization of the East Village. As the New York Times writes:


At Untapped Cities, we have a “Daily What?!” series, which consists of one surprising thing every weekday. The column keeps us on our toes at all times looking for quirky New York City stuff. We’ll admit that on some days, we’re stumped, but that rarely happens. To catch you up, here are the Top 10 Daily What?!s of 2014 on Untapped Cities:

25. The Secret Entrance to the Knickerbocker Hotel in Times Square Subway


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Ben Wellington from I Quant NY is at it again, with a map of the oldest place to drink in every New York City neighborhood. Because Wellington is using New York State’s Open Data on liquor licenses, the results vary from our popular list of 10 of the oldest surviving bars in NYC.