Untapped New York unearths New York City’s secrets and hidden gems.
We can’t wait to explore New York with you.
Founded in 2009, Untapped New York is powered by a team of passionate New Yorkers, always exploring the city. We are dedicated to our mission of discovery, so come back daily to uncover new secret and hidden places, get behind-the-scenes access to the places we cover and meet the incredible people shaping our city.
Experience NYC’s secrets and hidden gems in person with our local guides, or access the city’s most off limits places by joining our community of passionate Untapped New York Insider members. We offer many ways to discover New York City.
Michelle Young, Founder
Michelle 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 also teaches at the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at the City University of New York. She is the author of Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide, New York: Hidden Bars & Restaurants, and Broadway. Michelle appears regularly in documentaries and at conferences on urban issues. She was recently featured on Netflix’s Stay Here, PBS’ 10 That Changed America, and Smithsonian Channel’s Secret Cities.
Augustin Pasquet, CEO
Augustin hails from Paris, and has lived in Nigeria, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom and Brooklyn, where he currently resides. He is a graduate of ESSCA Business School in France with a major in marketing and worked for seven years in sales and brand marketing for L’Oreal in both Paris and New York City. Augustin’s photography has been published in Travel & Leisure, Brooklyn Magazine, Time Out New York, as well as in the books New York: Hidden Bars & Restaurants, and Broadway.
Justin Rivers, Chief Experience Officer
Justin leads Untapped New York’s experience department, creating and delivering some of its most popular tours including the Underground Tour of the NYC Subway, the Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam, and the Remnants of Penn Station tour. His mission continues to be creating and leading unique experiences that help New Yorkers and visitors alike rediscover their city. He has lived in New York City for over 20 years and is a graduate of Fordham University.
Nicole Saraniero, Insider-in-Chief
Nicole graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Science in Television/Film Production. Through her work in those fields, specifically working at a film location agency on Long Island’s Gold Coast, and her travels through Europe while studying abroad, she discovered a love for architecture and uncovering the hidden histories of places. Nicole is excited to help Untapped New York Insiders experience the best and most unique adventures New York City has to offer.
Aaron Asis, Artist in Residence
Aaron was born and raised in New York City and spent his childhood exploring its neighborhoods, its people, and its streets. As an artist, Aaron draws from a lifetime of curiosity and exploration to promote access and awareness throughout our cities — working to create connections between community groups, non-profit organizations, and government agencies, to celebrate the under-appreciated and exhibit work in unexpected places.