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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.

Seinfeld Apartment-Recreation-Upper West Side-Hulu-NYC

For five days between June 24 and 28th, Hulu is bringing New Yorkers into a recreation of Seinfeld’s apartment. Though the original was supposed to have been on the Upper West Side, the set will be showcased on 451 West 14th Street. The installation “Seinfeld: The Apartment” coincides with Hulu’s exclusive acquisition of streaming video rights to Seinfeld in the United States. This isn’t the first time a television show has gotten a recreation of a central set–Central Perk from Friends created lines around the block last year and the actual set from Mad Men is on display at the Museum of the Moving Image.



Back in 2012, the Port Authority gave us solo access to photograph the TWA Flight Center in hopes that coverage could galvanize support for the repurposing of the landmarked terminal at JFK Airport. Now that plans are underway to convert it into a hotel, the Port Authority has partnered with researchers from the University of Central Florida to digitally scan the interior and exterior of the structure in 3D. The scan will begin on Monday and take five days to complete.


Diner en Blanc Paris-2015-Palais Royal-NYCParis Dîner en Blanc at Palais Royal. Photo by heleneworldwine

The Paris Dîner en Blanc remains one of the most exclusive pop-up dinners in the world but it’s getting bigger and bigger by the year. In two simultaneous locations since 2011, this year it was reduced to one for 10,000 people–the Palais Royal–but we received confirmation from an official Dîner en Blanc organizer that a second rogue dinner was started unofficially by a group that was removed from last year’s dinner on the Pont Alexander III due to bad behavior. Waste left behind by that group was documented by locals and the Paris press. As for the official location, the Palais Royal recently underwent a renovation (and is home to the fun Colonnes des Buren art installation). The Louvre/Tuileries gardens had an official Dîner en Blanc there in 2010.


Sketchfab 3D Rendering-Street Art NYC Shepard Fairey LISA Project

Today, we’re excited to announce a new series with the 3D platform Sketchfab, showcasing 5 new pieces of New York City street art you can explore digitally in three-dimensions. While there is no substitute for going in person to take in these ephemeral pieces, to understand the scale, and the artistry involved, these 3D embeds also provide annotations for  more information.


Colossus-Patrick Vale-Illustration-Midtown NYC Skyline

When one watches a video by illustrator Patrick Vale, documenting in time lapse the incredibly detailed line drawings he makes of New York City’s skyline, the sense of the city’s architectural diversity as a whole emerges. Much like its people, the city is put together with a sense of both planning and randomness. Individually, some buildings may not be very aesthetic, but as a whole it becomes the collective of what makes it a dynamic place to live. The question for planners and architects is how to maintain that diversity of architectural design while also pushing forward development at a pace that can sustain the people who want to live here.

For the drawing Colussus, Vale spent an afternoon “on top of a very tall building in New York. The view was jaw dropping,” he writes on his website. In fact, it was the view from the top of Rockefeller Center.


New York City is one of those places where even built up places get torn down and rise again. But what about the city’s underground spaces? The Lowline project hopes to use a new solar technology to unlock the potential of the city’s underused spaces, below the streets. Specifically, they want to transform an unused former trolley station beneath Delancey Street. As the Lowline founders write, the terminal is “now just a forgotten slice of New York City history, we want to preserve this little gem and use it in a totally new, 21st-century, kick-ass kind of way.”