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Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide with Atlas Obscura

  • Kingsland Wildflowers at Broadway Stages 520 Kingsland Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11222 United States (map)

Every borough has its secrets, and Brooklyn boasts some of the most unusual. Learn about these unique locations from Michelle Young and Augustin Pasquet of Untapped Cities, amongst one of the most surprising spots of them all - a ecological rooftop green oasis in an oil spill zone!

To celebrate the second edition of the book, Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide by Michelle Young and Augustin Pasquet, releasing in May 2019, we'll gather in the shadows of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant to learn more about the borough's mysterious locals and legendary spaces to shed light on these hidden histories. 

With Michelle and Augustin as your guides, you'll discover secret museums, go on an urban safari for wild parrots, watch a performance of robots in a church, stand tall next to hobbit doors on an otherwise normal residential street, learn how to breathe fire, swallow swords, hammer a nail into your skull and charm a snake, touch the oldest subway tunnel in the world and the world’s smallest Torah. New locations in the second edition include a hidden tennis club, a house full of superheroes, remnants of a lost hotel and train station, and Kingsland Wildflowers at Broadway Stages itself!

A tour of the green roof will precede lecture. Refreshments provided. Please RSVP here.


  • The event will start with a tour of the green roof, which has limited wheelchair accessibility.

  • Please dress and pack appropriately for the weather. The event will take place both indoors and outdoors.

  • Closed-toe shoes are highly recommended. 

  • Advance tickets highly recommended.

  • Please arrive on time, our tour will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.


Michelle Young is the founder of Untapped Cities, a web magazine about urban discovery and exploration. 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 Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual GuideNew York: Hidden Bars & Restaurants for Jonglez publishing and Broadway (published by Arcadia). Michelle lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Augustin Pasquet is the CEO of Untapped Cities. He has lived in Nigeria, Switzerland and Thailand and currently lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. He previously worked for L’Oreal in sales and marketing for seven years. He is the co-author of Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide. 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 BroadwayHe has been a guest speaker on television, radio shows and conferences speaking about about topics ranging from the secrets of Grand Central Terminal to the remnants of NYC’s Cold War era nuclear shelters.


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Funding for Kingsland Wildflowers at Broadway Stages is provided by the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.