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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.

In this above video, meet Charlie Pellett, a news anchor and reporter for Bloomberg Radio for over 20 years. He’s also the voice of the New York City subway system, most famous for “Stand clear of the closing doors please.” Pellett’s voice was used as a recording on the newest line of subway cars, the R142A series which came into service in 1999.


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We recently received a “Christmas gift” of photographs from an anonymous group of urban explorers who had recently made it into the Second Avenue Subway construction. At Untapped Cities, we’ve been going down into the subway construction (legally) and photographing the progress since 2011. You can track how the subway tunnels looked at 96th Street as Phase One construction ended in 2011, the new connection being built at 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue in 2012, into “The Thunderdome” below 86th Street in 2013 and the latest progress this May. According one of the photographers in this anonymous group, “It was an amazing experience seeing the tunnels in its raw form & a once in a life time experience being able to see it.” Read on for more photos:


Untapped Cities 3D Sketchfab Scan-NYC3D selfies of the Untapped Cities Team by Sketchfab: Catherine Mondkar, Rachel Fawn Alban, Christopher Inoa, Michelle Young, Augustin Pasquet, Marta Elliot, Luke Kingma, Alexander McQuilkin and Bhushan Mondkar.

2014, you’ve been a great year. A big thank you to all our new and old readers for coming with us on the ride. In March, Redditors pushed our Top 10 Secrets of Grand Central Terminal to the top of the list. In October we were the first to break the news about the insane Instagrammer that climbed to the top of 432 Park Avenue while under construction. In November, readers obsessed over the 9 places to get Unlimited Food and Drink Deals in NYC. You can see more of our top 10 articles of 2014, but we’re also proud of the content we’ve put out there not because it was going to be popular, but because we believed it should be covered.  These include The Front Lines: Poverty and Homelessness in Southwest Yonkers, an op-ed from Susan Bernofsky about the controversial renovations to the New York Public Library Main Branch and How Citi Bike Could Expand to Serve Low-Income New Yorkers. We’ve been proud of the movement to help preserve the NYPL stacks for a future generation, similar to how we showcased the TWA Flight Center with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to push forward momentum for its adaptive reuse in 2012. The year was also punctuated by sadness, with the loss of our beloved columnist and illustrator, David Cessac at the age of 39.


We last caught up with puppet Johnny T and his hilarious video about New York City subway etiquette. Now, The New York Times interviews him about the latest MTA campaign against “manspreading.” Seeing the word “manspreading” on the homepage of the Times is awesome enough, but then with Johnny T? We had to share.


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Just a couple weeks ago, we reported that you could now get inside Gramercy Park via Google Maps. Now, you can the holiday department store window displays in New York City from your own home too, or wherever you may be on holiday this week. As reported by the New York Observer, Google Business View has images of Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s and Bloomingdales. We’ve got all the windows here for you to look at quickly. First up, “Once Upon a Time” at Saks combining New York City scenes with fairy tale:


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A highway engineer from Vancouver has done some serious math to calculate how many bridges would be needed in Manhattan if it could only be accessed by car. The result: it would need 48 additional 8 lane bridges. The Manhattan bridge has 7 vehicular lanes, 3 subway lanes, a walkway and a bikeway. By Matt Taylor’s calculations, 2.06 million enter and exit Manhattan daily, but only 16% currently drive by personal vehicle.