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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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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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It’s the first full week of September which includes both Labor Day and September 11th. There’s a full range of events from historical tours and talks, to a rooftop vineyard tour and tasting and a BBQ at the Red Hook Grain Terminal:

Monday, September 5th

It’s Labor Day, but it’s also the birthday of the original Pennsylvania Station! Celebrate (or mourn its loss) by looking at vintage photographs and get tickets to our October tours of the Remnants of Penn Station! This popular tour is an original Untapped Cities-created tour led by Justin Rivers, who wrote The Eternal Space, a play about the demolition of Penn Station. We offered this tour as a special event to the New York Transit Museum this fall and it sold out in minutes. Tickets still available for October 23rd with us directly:

Tuesday, September 6th

Check out the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open and see the new retractable roof in action at Arthur Ashe Stadium!

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Two trolley museums outside New York City have incredible pieces of history from 9/11 – the last cars from the PATH train that was trapped beneath the World Trade Center after the Twin Towers fell. Both were in the 9/11 hangar at JFK Airport and were donated to the Shore Line Trolley Museum in East Haven, Connecticut and the Kingston Trolley Museum in the Hudson Valley in 2015. Both are on view already and both museums will have special events, opening up PATH train Car 745 for the first time to the public on September 11th next month.

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Last night, the new retractable roof on the Arthur Ashe Stadium at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships made its first closure and Untapped Cities contributor and photographer Steven Wu made a time lapse video of the event. He tells us that in real time, it took 5 minutes and 35 seconds which is collapsed into 15 seconds in the video.

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There’s one word that describes the development projects underway on the St. George Waterfront in Staten Island: ambitious. Last week, we took a tour of the construction site for the New York Wheel and Empire Outlets with the architects and developers in charge of the project. The two projects alone constitute $1.2 billion in investment, and are joined by additional projects underway at Lighthouse Point, Flagship Brewery, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, and other institutional organizations along Staten Island’s north shore.

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Morningside Park is experiencing something of a renaissance in recent years, with booming real estate in Morningside Heights and Harlem surrounding it. The picturesque park seems to have it all – grand landscapes, practical outdoor amenities, landmarked architecture, and commanding views.

Today, we’ll go through some of the most fun secrets and fun facts we came across while researching for a talk we gave with the Design Trust for Public Space inside Morningside Park last week.

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