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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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When you Google Cafe Tibet, you may see that it seems to be located literally at the Cortelyou subway stop in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn  That’s because it is, and it perches off a building atop the exposed platform and tracks below. The whole restaurant seats just 14 people inside, but in warmer months an awning retracts and 8 guests can sit outside with a view to the Q train below.


Prospect Park Boathouse-Brooklyn-NYC-Untapped CitiesProspect Park. Photo by gigi_nyc from the Untapped Cities Google Glass Scavenger Hunt

Prospect Park is one of the most beloved of New York City’s parks, rivaling Central Park. Indeed, it is often seen as the park in which designers Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux learned from their mistakes on the seemingly unrivaled Central Park. Central Park’s secrets are a favorite among urban explorers and New York City residents alike, but the more perfected Prospect Park is not without its fascinating fun facts and secret spots. Here we have gathered together the secrets we’ve written about before and discovered through the great book Prospect Park: Olmstead and Vaux’s Brooklyn Masterpiece by David P. Colley.


National Arts Club Dome-Gramercy Park-Private Club-NYCPhoto by Corey William Schneider/NY Adventure Club

The National Arts Club is one of those stately private clubs, designed by Calvert Vaux, one of the designers of Central Park and John LaFarge. For a refresher look at photographs inside this Gilded Age club, see our previous tour inside here. It was LaFarge who created the stained glass windows for the building, which was a combination of two existing brownstones, and the amazingly named Donald McDonald, who created an impressive stained glass dome for the structure. Recently, the New York Adventure Club gained access to the space above the dome during a tour.


Space Invader-International Space Station-Photo-Samantha CristoforettiPhoto: ESA-NASA

Now that we see it, there could be nothing more fitting than seeing a Space Invader street art piece in the International Space Station. As reported by City Lab, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti (@astrosamantha) posted the above photograph yesterday.


Hell Bridge-East River-Urban Exploration-Bronx-NYC-5Photo by @hakimms

Hell Gate Bridge is one of those urban explorer favorites–possibly because it includes an added level of danger: it’s not a pedestrian bridge but an Amtrak one that carries the train company’s electrified services to and from points north of New York City. Instagrammer @hakimms recently shared with us his photographs atop the unique bridge.


World Trade Center WTC Transportation Hub Santiago Calatrava-NYC-2Photo by Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork

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