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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.


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.

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First of all, there’s a Lego Museum Break-In Set. That’s pretty cool and sufficiently art nerdy for us here at Untapped Cities. But what’s even better is that the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Director of Security, Bob Combs, actually tested the set, and wrote a blog post about it. Inside the museum, the treasures up for grabs include a blue diamond, a painting that looks like a Vermeer, a golden sword, a gold nugget, and other antiquity. Amazingly, all those priceless objects fit into the City Museum which looks to be practically the size of the armored police vehicle.

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You know how it goes. You see discarded furniture on the sidewalk, you poke around, maybe you take something. We know some guy that put up another family’s ’70s era photo album on his bedroom wall. But what if all that discarded stuff was transformed into an interior set, but on the street? “Set in the Street” by photographer Justin Bettman and stylist Gozde Eker have done just that. They’re building elaborate sets out of unwanted furniture and other materials, photographing it and then leaving the sets up for people who walk by to enjoy. Using the hashtag #setinthestreet, it’s clear that people are just loving the random moment of serendipity.

The zoomed in/zoomed out photo series tells it all:

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Earlier this fall, New York City was (rightfully) up in arms about the shops putting up the “No Hoodies” signs, but we will venture to say that they were just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to DIY signage in this city telling residents what they can’t do. We’ve been slowly photographing this trend as we come across it. If you have more, send them our way via Twitter or Instagram #untappedcities. You’d think the above photograph comes from perhaps a neighborhood filled with crime, but actually it’s just next to Lincoln Center. Wok City Chinese takeout on Amsterdam Avenue is filled with even better gems like “We do not cut wings,” “Sorry no barbecue sauce,”  and “Seats for Employees Only.”

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