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It’s Valentine’s Day this weekend, and for those still looking for gifts for others or themselves, we’re offering a limited time 15% discount on our upcoming tours with code VDAY16, valid until Monday at 11:55pm. This discount also applies to our new private tour offerings for groups from 1 to 10 people, contact us directly here.

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Here are some great New York City events to check out this week, ranging from discussions about the evolution small business in Brooklyn to our Untapped Cities tour of the Woolworth Building. You can take part in a fun and exciting performance involving past Daily Show contributor Jason Jones, or you can go to Jersey City for a day trip and check out an interesting exhibit on the printed page hosted by the International Center of Photography.

We’re also offering a special limited time 15% Valentine’s Day discount to all of our upcoming tours this year using code VDAY16. Our full list of tours is available here (more…)

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Here are some great New York City events to check out this week ranging from performances to discussions about the Civil War and Brooklyn’s best cocktails there are so many great destinations to visit. You can travel to Brooklyn and take part in a discussion with the President of Harvard University or you can go north to the Museum of the City of New York and meet three renowned street artists.

Monday, February 8

Check out an exciting performance at the Bell House in Brooklyn for another performance of Ask Me Anothera co-production of NPR and WNYC with guest, broadway actor Leslie Odom Jr. A rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music.

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Housing talk-Museum City of NY-NYCMCNY talk on Affordable Housing this Thursday. Image via Museum of the City of NY

To start off February, here are ten New York City events for people with all interests ranging from performances to forums and discussions. You’ll also be able to sleepover in the famed halls of notable explorers with Atlas Obscura or submit a creative proposal of your own to the New York Transit Museum. Other events include a comedy show, theater production, separate tributes to two notable artists, an opportunity to get free art, a photography exhibit, film screenings, and discussions about past and present social issues.

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Bailystoker Synagogue-Lower East Side-Willett Street-Interior-NYC-003The Bialystoker Synagogue, Lower East Side

On this new encompassing tour offered by Untapped Cities in partnership with the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy, guests will visit the stunning Bialystoker Synagogue, normally off-limits to the public and only accessible via our organizations. The landmarked synagogue was built in 1826, originally as the Willett Street Methodist Episcopal Church and is an example of architectural reuse in New York City from church to place of worship for the Jewish community. It is one of only four early-19th century fieldstone religious buildings surviving from the late Federal period in Lower ManhattanIn addition to its architecture, the building has its fair share of secrets, which will be shared on this tour.

On this tour, you will also walk the streets of Historic East Broadway, viewing historical sites like the Henry Street Settlement, The Forward Building, Seward Park, Straus Square and more. We will stop at the exterior of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol – once home to the first and largest Russian Jewish Orthodox congregation in the United States – and tour a shteibl, a one room house of prayer. You will see where immigrants went to shul, pray, and how a new generation is carrying on these traditions.

Our March tour is sold out but a new date has been added for April 17th, starting at 2pm, and will last until 4:30pm. Tickets are limited:

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Untapped Cities is pleased to serve as a co-sponsor for the upcoming talk “Hamilton and Friends: Portraiture in Early New York” at the Museum of the City of New YorkAlexander Hamilton was a man of many faces: politician, economist, revolutionary — and rumored philanderer. After he was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr in 1804, Hamilton’s widow, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, worked tirelessly to defend her husband’s reputation. Today we are familiar with likenesses of Alexander Hamilton — including one that is on the ten dollar bill. This panel will explore how portraiture served in the decades after the American Revolution as a critical tool in shaping and canonizing the public image of leaders and notables.  (more…)