Before & After: Their Job Is Discovering Hidden Gems. Their Brooklyn Townhouse Is One of Them

Charmed by a historic home’s ornate details—but wary of its run-down state—the couple behind Untapped New York save what they can and refresh the rest.

In 2008, Michelle Young left her job in the fashion industry, where she had worked since college—first as a merchandiser at Abercrombie & Fitch, and later at J.Crew and Calvin Klein. "I had a summer off and I wandered around New York, which is a place where I grew up," says Michelle. "I discovered all these things about the city when I wasn’t going from my apartment to work and back, always taking the same route."

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Melissa Dalton
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Melissa Dalton is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing for Dwell since 2017. Read more of her work about design and architecture at


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