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On Sunday, October 19th we’ll be hosting a cocktail at the hidden speakeasy Bathtub Gin, located in the neighborhood that was once the Tenderloin in New York City’s west 20s. The Tenderloin was home to New York City’s brothels, dance clubs, and gambling houses. On this special event, historian David Freeland will first take us through a tour of the fascinating remains of the Tenderloin district and Tin Pan Alley, concluding with a cocktail at this period-inspired bar.

The tour will meet at the Gilsey House, an historic luxury hotel which was the first in New York City to offer telephones to their guests. While the building no longer functions as a hotel, it is a registered landmark, and it is known for its renovated cast-iron facade. Though zoning changes facilitated the clean up of the Tenderloin and pushed out the music publishing companies of Tin Pan Alley, there’s still much that can be seen.

David Freeland is the author of Automats, Taxi Dances, and Vaudeville: Excavating Manhattan’s Lost Places of Leisure, one of our favorite books about the secrets of New York City. 50% of tour proceeds will benefit the Historic Districts Council.

The tour is on October 19th at 4:00 p.m. Book tickets below or by clicking here.

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