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On September 28th at 6:30pm, we’ll be offering a special Behind the Scenes NYC tour of the Brooklyn Kings Theatre in partnership with the NYCEDC.

The Loew’s Kings Theatre was one of the five Wonder Theaters built in and around New York City – the  most opulent movie palaces ever constructed.The theater was inspired by the French Revival style of the palace of Versailles and the Paris Opera House. It lay in near ruins for decades until it was immaculately restored. 

Steven Ehrenberg, Director of Production at the Kings Theatre, will lead this Behind the Scenes tour where you will learn about the building’s secrets, the restoration project, and the architecture of this magnificent space. You’ll be able to view the impressively ornate details, wood paneling, pink marble and glazed terra-cotta, all up close and stand beneath the decorative curved ceiling and gorgeous lobby while the theater is empty.


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On the heels of announcing a $122 million new design for The Studio Museum in Harlem, which will begin construction as early as 2017, the Museum is broadening its scope beyond its walls, and the entire Harlem community is their palette. For the inHarlem exhibit, four artists were commissioned to create work for four historic Harlem parks. The opening reception was recently held in Marcus Garvey Park. Other parks included in the project are Jackie Robinson Park, St. Nicholas Park, and Morningside Park.


New York Public Library Archive-1939 World's Fair-Flushing Meadows-Corona Park-NYC1939 World’s Fair. Photo via NYPL.

The 1939 World’s Fair was a hopeful moment amidst of sea of international political turmoil, just before the start of World War II. Its theme, “Building the World of Tomorrow,” encapsulated the scale and scope of what the organizers intended. It was the largest of any international fair that came before it, measured in terms of visitors, size, cost, and other factors, and featured the participation of not only countries (60 of them) but also international corporations like General Motors, Wonder Bread, IBM and more.

The remnants of the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park are readily apparent, but those from the 1939 World’s Fair require quite a bit more digging. From 1964, the most notable holdouts include Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion (the subject of much controversy and rehabilitation efforts), the Unisphere, various buildings like the the space-age looking building, Terrace on the Park, and numerous sculptures.

Here are ten remnants from the 1939 World’s Fair, uncovered and researched on request by one of Untapped Cities’ readers!


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Peking-Ship-South Street Seaport-Return-Square Rigger-NYC-005The Peking. Photo via Flickr by David Yu.

Last November, I read a long New York Times piece about the return of the Peking to its country of origin, Germany. The square-rigged sailing ship at South Street Seaport was slated to leave sometime in 2016. Cash-strapped South Street Seaport Museum staff feared that their ship, which had stood tall at Pier 16 for four decades, had to be scrapped after she weathered damage from Hurricane Sandy, but the German government saved the day, allocating 30 million euros for a journey to return the Peking to their protection.

Last week, the Seaport Museum posted on social media that these were the final days to step aboard one of the last great merchant windjammers. No way was I going to miss this farewell, even if I took a familiar friend for granted: I remembered from some fold in my brain that in her heyday she had an acre of canvas, with 32 sails.