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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.

Jacob Lawrence This is Harlem-MoMA One Way Ticket-Walking Tour-NYCJacob Lawrence. This is Harlem. 1943. At the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, image via MoMA

In conjunction with the MoMA’s exhibit One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement Norththe museum has released an online walking tour to experience the Harlem that inspired Jacob Lawrence as a young painter. The tour is narrated by WQXR host Terrance McKnight, with commentary by Harlem leaders. Here’s a recap of the locations included in the tour, many that have been covered on Untapped Cities in the past:


Bogardus Building-Edward Laing Stores-Washington Market-Murray-Washington Street-Urban Renewal-Demolition-Stolen-NYCThe Edward Laing Stores/Bogardus Building. Image via Library of Congress

In researching about the many wonderful architectural remnants on display at Saving Place: 50 Years of NYC Landmarks, we came across the Edward Laing Stores, also known as the Bogardus Building. A single metal spandrel panel is on display in the exhibition, but the story behind what happened to this long-demolished building is one of the craziest we’ve heard here at Untapped Cities, including the fact that it was stolen, not once, but twice.


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Paris has really been pushing the envelope of mobile services (come on New York!). The latest is a mobile barbershop from the startup Big Moustache, retrofitted from a three-wheeled, rickshaw bicycle. Here’s a list of more clever ones we’ve seen recently, that go beyond the now-expected food truck trend.

5. Clasiko Tuk-Tuk, Food Truck

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Clasiko is an Argentinian food truck run out of a tuk-tuk, hearkening back to the days of 1950s Buenos Aires. Clasiko serves gourmet empanadas and homemade helados.

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In 2013, we accompanied Bob Egan of Pop Spots NYC on his quest to locate classic album cover film locations in New York City–after which he melded then and now in Photoshop. Egan sticks to classic bands, so the website Mass Appeal recently took a look into the Hip-Hop album cover oeuvre. We’ll highlight the covers, melded with Google Street View shots, taken in New York City and tri-state area:


One of the buildings New Yorkers have been most fascinated by is 5 Beekman Place in downtown Manhattan. We previously showed readers the interior, an impressive, crumbling atrium that hosted special events and photo shoots until the space began renovation into a hotel and apartment. Yesterday, Architect’s Newspaper posted a video of the construction going on inside.


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New York City’s billionaire’s row continues its on-going quest for taller and skinnier with the latest rendering from New York YIMBY of the Nordstrom tower, which will be the tallest residential building in the world. As YIMBY reports, it would be the fifth tallest building in the world if built today and its roof will be taller than that of One World Trade Center, which garners quite a lot of height from its controversial spire. And as Curbed NY reports, “the penthouse will have the highest outdoor space in the city.” Note how small One57 looks in comparison.