We’re particularly excited about our behind the scenes tours offerings this week: Our Secrets of Grand Central Tour is back with a vengeance this weekend, with four time slots. Wednesday’s tours of the disappearing neon signs of Greenwich Village, led by author Tom Rinaldi, is almost sold out but a few tickets are still left. We’re heading back to Rooftop Reds, the world’s first commercial viable rooftop vineyard led on a tour and tasting led by the founders of the company. And we’ll explore the Gowanus Canal with Joseph Alexiou, author of Gowanus: Brooklyn’s Curious Canal. See more descriptions and get tickets below:
Our upcoming tours for the week include our Wine Tasting & Tour at Rooftop Reds and our West Village Neon Signs Tour. Also join the first ever bike-in movie night and listen to panel discussions about President Obama’s tenure in the White House, and the history of the Bronx through photographs.
After a successful installation in London’s Trafalgar Square back in April 2016, a replica of The Arch of Triumph, a 1,800-year-old arch, destroyed by the Islamic State in Palmyra, Syria, will be installed in City Hall Park on September 19th.
“The Obama Years in Black and White,” a discussion with CNN correspondent and anchor Don Lemon, MSNBC analyst Jonathan Alter, and blues musician Daryl Davis, will be held in The Greene Space, located on 44 Charlton Street (corner of Varick Street) at WNYC. The event kicks off at 7:00 p.m. and will explore themes of race, justice and equality. A $15 ticket includes one drink.
Photo from 2010 appears in the book New York Nights by James and Karla Murray
On Sunday, August 21st at 12pm, Untapped Cities will host the tour STOREFRONT: A HISTORIC EAST VILLAGE FOOD TOUR, led by photographers and authors James and Karla Murray. This visit will cover the food, history and diverse culture of the East Village while tasting delicious specialties from at least 6 different tasting stops.
Below, James and Karla have written a piece for us about one of those stops, Veniero Pasticceria and Caffe:
Many family-run businesses started out as traditional mom-and-pop stores passed down from generation to generation, and defined their neighborhoods. Not only are these modest small businesses falling away in the face of modernization, gentrification, and conformity, but the once unique appearance and character of New York City’s colorful streets also suffers in the process.
One of the many small businesses we will stop and sample food from is Veniero Pasticceria and Caffe, which was established in 1894 by Antonio Veniero. This fourth-generation family-owned bakery specializes in Italian pastries, including their famous cannoli, cheesecake, biscotti (Italian biscuits) and Italian butter cookies. Throughout the years they have added new offerings and now sell over 200 varieties of pastries, cakes and cookies. On our walking and tasting tour everyone will sample a freshly made cannoli while learning interesting facts and history about the oldest Italian pastry business in New York City.
This week’s events picks are particularly historical, from tours of Gracie Mansion, Greenwich Village and Noho, and a talk about the Crown Heights riots of 1991. But you’ll also be able to check out the occasionally open Hallett Sanctuary on your own, explore the world’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard.
Explore the normally off-limits Hallett Sanctuary in Central Park at your own pace from 2 pm to 5pm. The sanctuary is only open on limited days and times.
At Bryant Park, the screening of Clint Eastwood’s drama Man with No Name in which he starred and directed, will take place on the lawn in the evening.
On Sunday August 21st at 12pm, join James and Karla Murray, authors and photographers of the critically acclaimed books, Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, New York Nights and Store Front II-A History Preserved on this walking and tasting tour of some of their favorite East Village food establishments. Discover the food, history and diverse culture of the East Village while tasting delicious specialties from at least 6 different tasting stops.
Many family-run businesses started out as traditional mom-and-pop stores passed down from generation to generation, and defined their neighborhoods. Not only are these modest small businesses falling away in the face of modernization, gentrification, and conformity, the once unique appearance and character of New York City’s colorful streets suffers in the process.
On this tour you will learn about the diverse German, Italian, Jewish and Ukranian history of the East Village and try some fresh homemade Italian mozzarella, drink an authentic New York City egg cream or have a freshly roasted cup of coffee, taste a hot Ukranian potato pierogi with toppings, sample a freshly baked Jewish sugar cookie, enjoy an authentic New York hot dog and tropical drink and taste a freshly baked Italian cannoli.
Enough food will be sampled so that for most people lunch afterwards is not needed.
Below are a few more photos from James and Karla Murray of places we will discover on this tour: