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michelle young

Michelle is the founder of Untapped Cities. She can usually be found in New York (where she grew up), Paris, backpacking in South America or Southeast Asia, or in-transit between. She has an obsession with buses, shoots with a Nikon SLR camera, and destroys cellos on stage with her indie rock band. She’s traveled to 35 countries, including working for earthquake disaster organizations in Peru and Sumatra. She is an author of 100 Ways to Make History, published by the New York Public Library. She holds a masters in urban planning from Columbia University, 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.

06/13/14 2:00pm

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It seems like just yesterday that Jeff Koons’ 42-foot flowered “Puppy” graced Rockefeller Center, with the iconic image continuously surfacing but the artist hasn’t had a piece at Rockefeller Center in 14 years. That’s about to change with the unveiling of “Split-Rocker,” a 150-ton, 37-foot flower-sculpture that’s half pony, half dinosaur.


06/12/14 3:30pm

Meat Rushmore-Beef Jerky-Jacks LInks-Columbus Circle-NYC

Earlier this week we reported that there was going to be a beef jerky takedown at the Bell House in Brooklyn, cleverly titled “The World’s Biggest Jerkoff.” Today at Columbus Circle, beef jerky brand Jack’s Links unveiled “Meat Rushmore,” a sculpture made of beef jerky for #NationalJerkyDay. While we’re loathe to report on corporate stunts like this, we have to admit it’s pretty awesome.


06/06/14 9:00am

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Right in the middle of New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood is an active remnant of the neighborhood’s immigrant past. The Church of St. Paul’s is the the oldest continually operating German-speaking church in New York City, and continues to be the only Lutheran church where services are held entirely in German. St. Paul’s will also fittingly be one of the venues for the 2014 Chelsea Music Festival, which begins tonight celebrating German and Brazilian music.


06/04/14 1:00pm

Studio Santiago Calatrava-Park Avenue Queen Anne Townhouse-Apartment-NYC

In a lead up to next week’s Municipal Art Society’s After Dark Party for young NYC urbanists, to be held in a Park Avenue Gilded Age venue, the organization held a private event with the author of What Jackie Taught Us: Lessons from the Remarkable Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis at the home and studio of architect Santiago Calatrava. For those just getting to know the name, Calatrava is the architect of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, bringing his signature style to the urban forest of downtown Manhattan.


06/04/14 12:00pm

Leitz Park-Leica Camera Headquarters-Factory-Wetzlar-Germany

When you think of some of the most iconic photographs ever taken–Napalm Girl by Nick Ut, the portrait of Che Guevara by Alberto Korda, the famous V-J Day kiss in Times Square by Alfred Eisenstadt, or Falling Soldier by Robert Capa, just to name a few–chances are they were taken by a Leica camera. Today Leica remains just as prestigious, but is a name more known among professional photographers than the masses. Leica Camera AG has been looking to change that, first with the steady stream of Leica store openings around the world, from Los Angeles to Taipei.

In late May, Leica celebrated its 100th Anniversary with the launch of a brand new headquarters and factory in Wetzler, Germany, where the company began.


06/03/14 1:00pm

JR-Inside Out Project-The Pantheon-ParisImage via JR on Facebook

By now, we’re used to seeing large scale JR installations in public places like Times Square and Lincoln Center’s NYC Ballet. Or maybe you’ve caught pieces in smaller, unexpected spots like the Elizabeth Street Garden or seen his work in Rio de Janeiro from afar. And while his Inside Out Project, spurred by his 2011 Ted Prize win may now be bordering on ubiquitous, it still has the power to amaze depending on location. Today, JR has unveiled his latest at the Pantheon in Paris. The stunning building, which looks like this normally, has been taken over by photographs he received from all around the world.