15 episodes

The Untapped New York Podcast is a podcast about New York City’s secrets, like how does a water tower work? Why does steam come out of the ground? Do alligators live in the subway? We impart our knowledge, interview experts, and in many cases, literally go behind the scenes. Hosted by Michelle Young, founder, and Justin Rivers, Chief Experience Officer, at Untapped New York. 

The Untapped New York Podcast Untapped New York

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 71 Ratings

The Untapped New York Podcast is a podcast about New York City’s secrets, like how does a water tower work? Why does steam come out of the ground? Do alligators live in the subway? We impart our knowledge, interview experts, and in many cases, literally go behind the scenes. Hosted by Michelle Young, founder, and Justin Rivers, Chief Experience Officer, at Untapped New York. 

    Scaffolding in NYC: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

    Scaffolding in NYC: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

    Ah...scaffolding. That ubiquitous, necessary, and perpetually present part of New York City’s landscape. In this episode, we do a deep dive into the history of scaffolding, reveal just how much scaffolding there is in the city, why it exists, how long it stays up, why it's always green, how much it costs, and answer everything you've ever wanted to know about this scourge/icon. You’ll hear from three experts: Ken Buettner from York Scaffolding Equipment Corporation, based in Long Island City ...

    • 57 min
    NYC's Fire Alarm Call Boxes

    NYC's Fire Alarm Call Boxes

    In this episode, we do a deep dive into one of New York City’s most recognizable pieces of street furniture: fire alarm call boxes. You know what we're talking about. They're (often) red and sit prettily on sidewalks with the ability to call the fire department and the police. Fire alarm call boxes have been around for more than a hundred years and come in different shapes and sizes, from the ornate Victorian ones to the more modern ones. Before the advent of telephones and much later, cell p...

    • 33 min
    New York's Lost Opera Houses

    New York's Lost Opera Houses

    New York City's lost opera houses are having their fifteen minutes of fame, thanks to the HBO show, The Gilded Age, which brought their dramatic histories to life in the most recent season. We dug into these former opera houses in our new extended episode which weaves in clips from The Gilded Age. We'll cover some of the earliest of opera houses (some of which where were Italian!), the Astor Place Opera house which inspired one of the deadliest riots in the city's history, the Academy o...

    • 59 min
    The Main Streets of....NYC?

    The Main Streets of....NYC?

    Did you know there's a Main Street in New York City? Most people probably associate the idea of Main Street with quaint American towns and villages but New York City has not just one but five Main Streets. Join Untapped New York's founder Michelle Young as she goes on a quixotic mission to find all of NYC's Main Streets. The Untapped New York Podcast is produced by Michelle Young and co-hosted by Justin Rivers. Music by Kittens Ablaze ("Hotel Room"). Additional sounds by Daniel Simon an...

    • 24 min
    The World of Oppenheimer: From New York to Los Alamos

    The World of Oppenheimer: From New York to Los Alamos

    This episode is all about Oppenheimer, as the movie heads into the Academy Awards with thirteen Oscar nominations. Michelle Young and Justin Rivers from Untapped New York first delve into J. Robert Oppenheimer's early life in New York City where the character and moral beliefs of the precocious future scientist were forged. Our hosts also discover their mutual connection to the atomic bomb itself. Then, Michelle interviews Oppenheimer's production designer Ruth de Jong who is up for an Oscar ...

    • 44 min
    The Jazz Age Murder that Took Down NYC

    The Jazz Age Murder that Took Down NYC

    When the young and beautiful Vivian Gordon was found strangled in Van Cortlandt Park in 1931, the case to find her killer unveiled the dark underbelly of New York City political power and policing. In this episode, author Michael Wolraich of the new book The Bishop and the Butterfly, which the New York Times calls a “propulsive” “political thriller," recounts this story along with Pulitzer Prize winner Debby Applegate, author of Madam: The Biography of Polly Adler at the inaugural Lit S...

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

ephemereal77 ,

One of the best podcasts I’ve listened to

Michelle’s passion and expertise make listening a delight. She’s been doing this for years and teaches at Columbia, and she’s always engaging to listen to!

DadHood ,

Real New York Stuff!

It’s hard to find new things to say about New York, but the team at Untapped finds a way to continually peel back the layers of this infinitely curious city. This show is a must listen for not just New York history buffs, but for visitors, tourists, and new arrivals. There’s something for everyone!

Punkmunkyz ,

Listen and learn!

I may be biased because Michelle is a good friend, but this is an awesome podcast to learn about lesser known details about NY, the best city in the United States.

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