Perhaps the best thing about New York is that you can grow up here, live here for years, and still never even scratch the surface of all the amazing art, architecture, museums, restaurants, parks and parties the City has to offer. Michelle Young is taking up that challenge directly in her awesome blog, Untapped New York.
Michelle is on her way to a Masters in Urban Planning at Columbia in the abysmally acronymed GSAPP program (Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation). About two years ago, she started following leads and checking out funky nooks and crannies throughout the city, camera in tow (the picture above is of the old City Hall subway station). Her site, which also did great work in Paris, now has a loyal following, and has been recently been featured in the New York Times, Gothamist, and Gawker.
In addition to just being a visually pleasing and historically fascinating site to dig through, Michelle also communicates directly with her readership, inviting folks to come along for the ride. Many great New York events or exhibitions are of very short duration, so just being aware they’re happening is half the battle. Manhattan Henge, pictured on the left, is a stunning sunrise that sweeps over the east side once a year.
Most importantly, this blog is all about living the dream, and thus deserves mention here. The message of Untapped New York is that there’s always more to learn and appreciate in the best city in the world, and I’m happy to have Michelle help lead that adventure. So if you love exploring New York, or naively think you are bored with it, this is a site you need to hit up on a regular basis.