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Our acclaimed Untapped Cities behind-the-scenes tour of New York City’s Woolworth Building is returning for the fall on September 16th, and tickets are nearly sold out! The tour features an hour-long walkthrough of the historic skyscraper’s gorgeous lobby as well as its expansive basement, areas normally closed off to the public.

The Woolworth Building, built in 1911, is one of those few New York City icons of the past century that has stood the test of time. While so many early 20th century buildings are currently dwarfed by the city’s modern skyscrapers, the Woolworth remains one of the 20 tallest buildings in the city. Once called the ‘Cathedral of Commerce,‘ the building’s unique Gothic-inspired architecture is a sight to behold, both inside and out. This Untapped Cities exclusive tour, exploring areas of the building not on any other public tour, will take visitors deep within the skyscraper’s foundations.

The tour will be led by Lisa Renz, a preservationist working directly on the Woolworth Building and Roy Suskin of The Witkoff Group who manages the building. In addition to a guided visit through the spectacular lobby, we will also visit the cellar level where the bank vault is located and where the former entrances to the subway are, the sub-cellar jam-packed full of machinery, and the boiler room, an immense space that one housed the engine room that once powered and lighted the building.

See more images of some of the great architecture you’ll see on the tour. See our full list of Untapped Cities events here.

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This weekend, the city’s art aficionados were treated to an unexpected visit from the past. The original facade of the West 8th Street location of Whitney Museum was visible for just a few days while the building’s current tenant, the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture, refurbishes its own sign that hung over the door. In a week, the Studio School’s sign will return, and the Whitney Museum engraving that has not been seen for 48 years will disappear once more.


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For July 4th, we shared out Top 10 Secrets of the Statue of Liberty but there are so many fun facts and photographs about Lady Liberty’s torch alone we’ve decided to share them here.

1. There’s a Live Camera View of the Statue of Liberty Torch

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Although the torch has been closed since 1916 (more on that later in this piece), the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, in partnership with Earth Cam, provides live views of the torch and down onto the harbor. Tip: Use the EarthCam link instead of the one on the foundation page, the latter appears to be broken except for the harbor view.

Recently we profiled ten pre-war apartment houses in Washington Heights. Now, we cross the Harlem River to the South Bronx to check out ten more pre-war gems and highlight the details in a borough that is often overlooked in terms of architecture.

Similar to Washington Heights, the neighborhoods of the South Bronx went through a development boom when subway lines providing direct service to Manhattan were extended into the borough in the early decades of the twentieth century. As they developed, these neighborhoods were populated by varying strata of the middle class, with much of the new population living in apartment houses.


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Last night, 20,000 lumen projectors illuminated the south side of the Empire State Building with images of endangered animals for the installation Racing Extinction, a project that could not have been more timely following the shooting of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, who got a special memorial callout. Here are some striking photographs from Instagram and the Untapped Cities community: