World Trade Center WTC Transportation Hub Santiago Calatrava-NYCPhoto by Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork

ANIMALNewYork has just released incredible new photographs of what the inside of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub is looking like inside. The last time we took a peek ourselves at the Santiago Calatrava designed hub was in August 2013, when we brought the then exciting Google Glass inside to film the construction. The construction has been notoriously costly (with budget cuts impacting the aesthetics in the end), though we still think it’ll be a unique architectural addition to New York City. According to Animal, the transit hub should be open by the end of 2015.


Brooklyn Kings Theatre-Loews-NYCEDC Restoration-Untapped Cities Behind the Scenes NYC TourPhoto by Matt Lambros of After the Final Curtain

The launch of our new Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series with the NYCEDC has been so successful, we have a long waiting list for the March 16th Brooklyn Kings Theatre tour after the tour sold out in a day. Keep signing up for the waitlist, as we are working to add a new tour slot. In the meantime, you can win tickets to the sold out tour by signing up for our raffle below and/or by hashagging Instagram photographs of New York City landmarks with #untappedNYCEDC. Both giveaways end this Friday. Sign up to get early notification of our upcoming tours in the Behind the Scenes Tour Series here.

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Check out our other upcoming events like a tour of an authentic speakeasy, the off-limits Woolworth Building, and more.

Manhattan Aerial

Since 2009, Untapped Cities has ventured into the unexplored and forgotten realm of New York City. From boat graveyards to abandoned hospitals, we have charted the uncharted voids of the city. Our curiosity led us underground to explore abandoned stations and tunnels in the making. From the depths of the Second Avenue Subway we ascended to the top of 1 World Trade Center, Google glasses included! We even ventured off the grid and took to New York’s celebrated waterways for a 360 degree view of Manhattan.

But to explore the ever changing city, now rising to new heights, Untapped Cities ascended even higher up, taking our thirst for urban exploration to a new level, viewing the Big Apple from the sky with New York on Air- the aerial content company that rocked Instagram as one of the top brands in 2014!


NYC-Animated History Subway Map-GIF

Well here you have it: a GIF subway map of New York City that shows the subway lines in order of construction, created by Appealing Industries via Paste Magazine. You’ll notice that the first lines to appear are in Brooklyn, rather than the IRT line on Manhattan. The lines in Brooklyn were part of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company (later the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation or BMT), created in 1896. They operated along existing surface railways and streetcar lines.


United Nations-Interior Photography-Mad Men-Renovation-NYC-2

The United Nations building is a perfectly preserved homage to the go-getting 1950s–right down to its Mad Men-style interiors. The complex was completed in 1952, and–even during a recent refurbishment–every last vintage chair was reupholstered and put back, and every vibrant carpet replaced with the exact same color. We were given special access to some of the lesser-known areas of this monument to vintage design, and we discovered that there are even ultra-cool bars and lounges where you can imagine Don Draper relaxing with a scotch.


Brooklyn Kings Theatre-Loews-NYCEDC Restoration-Untapped Cities Behind the Scenes NYC TourAll photos by Matt Lambros, After the Final Curtain

On Monday, March 16th at 6pm, we’ll be bringing guests on a special tour of the Brooklyn Kings Theatre, which just re-opened after a multi-year renovation. With so many of New York City’s theaters lost, repurposed or in a state of abandonment, it’s a real feat to have this 93,000 square foot theater open again to the public. Moreover, photographer and Untapped Cities columnist Matt Lambros from After the Final Curtain has been documenting the theater since before the restoration until now. Here are some before and after images, showing what visitors can see on our Behind the Scenes NYC tour, led by Christina de Rose, NYCEDC Senior Vice President who led the project and Matt Wolf, Executive Director of Kings Theatre. Get tickets here.