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Untapped Cities is welcoming the fall weather with our curated selection of events in New York City. From craft beer to cathedral tours, great films to desserts for dinner, we’ve got you covered for a delicious week.

Monday, September 22nd

Check out the latest in Venezuelan film at the Venezuelan Film Festival in New York, running from September 19 – 26 at Tribeca Cinemas. According to the press release, the festival will feature “14 feature-length films, across various genres and formats, from an eclectic mix of award-winning filmmakers and rising stars in Venezuela (with most filmmakers attending for post-panel Q&As and press interviews).” You can view the film program and buy tickets here.


By the time New Amsterdam was founded in 1664, sundials had been around for millennia. More than that, they’d been replaced by clocks and were antiquated time-keeping objects. Nonetheless, sundials continued to persist and can be found all over New York City. While a few them are in working order, the sundials are remarkable for their historical range, with pieces constructed anywhere from the late 17th century to the present day. These 10 NYC sundials range widely in style and age, creating a mosaic of artistic periods. These unexpected sightings in New York City can be easily mistaken for just art pieces, so when you’re walking around keep an open eye.

1. Sun Sculpture, New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

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It’s not surprising that many photographs submitted by our readers feature New York City’s skyscrapers, the icons of the city’s skyline.

Hashtag #UntappedCities on Instagram and Twitter if you would like to have one of your photos entered in the running for our weekly “Best Of”column. Also, you can keep an eye on what contributors and readers are checking out by browsing the live feed.

MetLife and Chrysler Building by Sid aka 212sid


Tribute in Light by __macgyver

MacGyver-Tribute in Light-NYC Skyline

Hudson Yards Project by 212sid

Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project Construction-NYC

Lit-Up Chrysler Building and Empire State Building by denn_ice


Empire State Building at Dawn by Rachel Fawn Alban aka fawn_nyc


Freedom Tower Shining Bright by Sheikh Khaled aka 11th_commandment


Williamsburg Bank Building by sara durkacs aka durkacs


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corey schneider untapped cities contributor profilePhoto credit to Alba Vigaray

Get to know Untapped contributor and founder of the New York Adventure ClubCorey Schneider. Corey has covered the Brooklyn Army Terminal, and most recently he wrote about the historic Prince George Hotel.

What’s your “day job”?
Ever since graduating from American University over three years ago, I have been working at Time, Inc. as a consumer marketer for TIME, Fortune, and Money Magazine. What does that mean you ask? In a nutshell, our department develops national marketing campaigns to get new subscribers and retain existing ones.

My other side-project turned side-job is running New York Adventure Club, a community I started a couple months ago that arranges unique, private, and exclusive weekly tours at lesser-known treasures around the city for the local urban-exploration community. After each event, there’s always a social gathering of some sort (park, eatery, bar, etc) to bring the community together and make it easy for like-minded people living in this overwhelming hometown to meet one another.

Inside the Players Club in Gramercy Park

Here’s what the Untapped staff is reading in the HQ today!

Topiaries of jumping ponies mark entrances to Central Park Horse Show.

Topiaries of jumping ponies mark entrances to Central Park Horse Show.

It was a different New York, back when the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden opened the fall social season, and the swells dressed in black tie to attend. As the New York Times once pointed out, the 1887 registry for the show listing attendees and directors formed the basis of the first Social Register. But all that ended in 1996, when the National moved to East Rutherford, NJ, of all places, and ”the white-tie balls at the Waldorf-Astoria gave way to parties at the local Sheraton.” (Today the National is held in Wellington, FL.)

Now, amazingly, a few of the world’s finest riders and horses are competing at Wollman Rink in Central Park. Beginning last night September 18th, with the $210,000 Central Park Grand Prix through the Central Park Dressage Challenge on Saturday, Sept. 20th, and closing on Sunday, Sept. 21st, with the Central Park Polo Challenge, the Central Park Horse Show is giving New Yorkers a fine taste of the old days. Nestled among trees and wandering paths in the southern section of the park, the oddly shaped Wollman Rink is on the small side for Grand Prix jumping, much less polo. But the organizers have done a magnificent job of making it work, with the enveloping skyline of Central Park South lighting up the horses and riders.