Greenpoint-Subway-Tunnel-Hurricane-Sandy-Bringing-Back-the-City-New-York-Transit-Museum-Bringing back the City-Exhibit-NYCPhoto by Metropolitan Transit Authority/J.P. Chan, 2014, via New York Transit Museum

We’re excited to announce that Untapped Cities founder will be speaking at the New York Transit Museum event “Bringing Back the City: What’s Below” with archeologist Alyssa Loorya next Tuesday, April 12th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Untapped Cities readers get a special $5 discount using code UNTAPPED5 (but act fast, this event is already more than 2/3 sold out!).

Below the streets of New York City lies an intricate and expansive maze of water mains, power lines, sewage systems, and tunnels and tracks for the subway and five passenger railroads (LIRR, Metro-North, New JerseyTransit, PATH, and Amtrak). As the city’s infrastructure continues to grow and modernize, urban designers and city planners face the challenge of making the components of this vast underground network co-exist alongside – or around – one another. How did major events like September 11th and Superstorm Sandy impact what’s below? On Tuesday, April 12th, join archeologist Alyssa Loorya and Untapped Cities founder Michelle Young at the New York Transit Museum for a fascinating evening examining what lies beneath our feet, in conjunction with the exhibit Bringing Back the City.

Alyssa Loorya, preservationist and registered professional archeologist, is cofounder and president of Chrysalis Archeology, a cultural resource management firm providing consultation and services related to archaeology, historic preservation, architecture, and public outreach. Loorya is a past president of the Professional Archeologists of New York City, and serves on the boards of several preservation organizations – including the Hendrick I. Lott House Preservation Association and the Historic Districts Council. She has developed special content curricula in archaeology, historic preservation, and architectural studies for the NYC Department of Education and several local museums and non-profits. Loorya is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Michelle Young is the founder of Untapped Cities, an online magazine about urban discovery. She is a graduate of Harvard College in the History of Art and Architecture and holds a master’s degree in urban planning from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture. She is the author of Broadway from Arcadia Publishing, New York: Hidden Bars & Restaurants from Jonglez Publishing and is currently working on the book Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide for Jonglez.

Tickets are available at for $10 (and additional $5 off using code UNTAPPED5.