In this installment of Fun Maps, we looked at a 1970′s New York City subway map we had lying around the Untapped HQ and we found subway relic of the past. On September 23rd, 1978, amidst struggles to put into place rebuilding projects from the 1960s and an impending train operator strike, the Transit Authority introduced the “Train to the Plane” or the “JFK Express.” The ride charged premium fare and featured higher quality train cars. The train was actually slower than the A service, though many residents of Howard Beach, Queens were happy to pay extra for a more comfortable ride to work or home.
Our exclusive Untapped Cities Woolworth tour has been so popular, we’re offering more chances to check out the off-limits building this summer and fall. Although our July 17th tour is sold out, we’ve got dates for August 23rd (just a few tickets left), October 9th, November 8th and December 4th . This intimate, hour-long tour is led by Jason Crowley, a preservationist and architectural historian who is working to digitize and catalogue the New York Historical Society’s extensive collection of Woolworth Building archives.
Jason will lead us across the street to City Hall Park where we’ll examine the highly ornamented exterior of what was once the tallest building in the world. After discussing the Woolworth’s crucial importance to the development of the skyscraper and the New York City skyline, Jason will take us into the lobby, where he’ll share commentary on the vaulted ceilings and sculptural details, and into the bank vaults of the basement.
Following the tour, there will be an optional cocktail hour at Fraunces Tavern where you can mingle with other members of the Untapped community. Buy tickets here:
Don’t put away your reds, whites and blues just yet because Bastille Day is right around the corner! Celebrate French National Day all weekend long with events and activities around New York City in anticipation of the holiday on Monday, July 14th. Vive La France!
Just in time for Bastille Day, luxury mustard makers Maille will be bringing a mustard bar to Manhattan in the form of a food truck from July 11th to 13th. Originally, La Maison Maille held the unique responsibility of supplying King Louis XV of France with his official stash of vinegar and mustard. A visit to the food truck comes with complimentary tastings of five different varieties and a chance to compose an individual palette of Dijon flavors. Click here for more information on Maille and for a complete list of when and where Maille Mustard Mobile with be available. (more…)
On the plaza of Lincoln Center until Monday, there’s a Japanese artisan village set up in conjunction with Heisei Nakamura-za revival of a rarely performed 19th-century kabuki ghost story at the Rose Theater. Built of wooden stalls in Japanese nagaya style—traditional bungalows built in rows–artisans are making specialty crafts on the spot. These include Nihon Ningyo (hand-painted dolls), Tenugui (fine cotton towels), Kanzashi (hair ornaments). There’s also a fun display of sake barrels.