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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.

NYC US Parking Tickets by State-Fun Maps-2

I Quant NY has a new map, as quirky as always, looking at the distribution of parking tickets in New York City by state. Using the city’s Open Data, he uncovered that parking tickets are charged to residents in all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico, Mexico and eleven out of thirteen Canadian provinces and territories. Not surprisingly, New York state ranks #1 in terms of total fines, but you might not know that it accounts for over half a billion dollars. Following New York is New Jersey, Pennsylvania and then Connecticut. Ben Wellington, of I Quant NY, also notes that Canada contributes a little under a million dollars year.


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SoHo native Yukie Ohta and founder of The SoHo Memory Project is hoping to create a mobile historical society to chronicle the evolution of the neighborhood from rural farmland to the high-end retail hub it is today. As she writes, “SoHo currently has no neighborhood society dedicated to preserving its history, and I think it deserves one.” She’s working with the Uni Project, and fundraising on Kickstarter, to create a pop-up learning experience using non-traditional media, like Viewmaster finders, 3D printed miniatures, and a smell station, along with vintage ephemera. The end goal is to place current day SoHo in the context of New York City’s history, something Ohta feels is obscured in its landscape today.


190 Bowery Exterior-Abandoned-Graffiti First Show Last Show Vito Schnabel-NYCPhoto by frankwza for Untapped Cities/BigScreenNY Competition

An art show opening Saturday inside the elusive 190 Bowery building brings together what New Yorkers love best: abandoned/inaccessible buildings, street art (on the exterior), and art. The group exhibition, entitled , is presented by Vito Schnabel and Aby Rosen, the latter who bought the building last year. As Schabel writes in his invite (as seen on Lo Down NY), “I grew up in New York City, walking by the former Germania Bank countless times. I always wanted to go inside, thinking it might be a perfect place for an exhibition. This is the first time this 1899 landmark building will be open to the public since the bank closed in 1966 and it became a private residence.”


Scaffolding-St Patrick's Cathedral-Fifth Avenue-Anderson Moran-NYC-4St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 50th Street and Fifth Avenue. Photo by Anderson Moran.

Last August, The New York Times shed light on an often-ignored piece of temporary infrastructure–the scaffolding–via a photographic seriesBiLLY BoY, the blog of Manhattan-based architecture and design firm, William Green Architecture, got inspired and did their own series, with photographs by Anderson Moran. The website, which just recently came to our attention, has been exploring what they deem “matters that are rarely, if ever explored.” Can scaffolding be beautiful? You be the judge:


Hacking the NYC Subway-Ryan Murphy-RISD-86th Street Subway Signs-Image via Ryan Murphy/Hacking the NYC Subway

We’ve all experienced that moment of disorientation as we head out of the subway: are we facing east, north, south or west? Is that an avenue or a street? Ryan Murphy, a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, has taken it upon himself to enhance New York City civic environment through a series of semi-permanent signs he’s installed on the staircases coming out of subway entrances.


Saving Place Iwan Baan-Grand Central Terminal-NYC-Landmarks Law-50th Anniversary-Museum of CIty of New York ExhibitionPhotograph from Saving Place: 50 Years of NYC Landmarks by Iwan Baan

This month, we’ve been actively covering the wonderful preservation exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of NYC Landmarks at the Museum of the City of New York, from a preview of the exhibition, a look at the unique architectural remnants on display, to an interview with the curators. We asked co-curator Andrew Dolkart to share with us five losses and five success stories in the history of landmarking in New York City. Here were his picks: