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Take the same grime-level of the 5 Points in the 1800s, but add more saloons and strip clubs, and out comes “The Tenderloin.” Though The Tenderloin flaunted itself as “Satan’s Circus” back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the neighborhood no longer exists as it used to due to zoning changes to Sixth Avenue in the 1990s. On October 19th, join us for a tour through the fascinating remains of The Tenderloin district and Tin Pan Alley with historian David Freeland. (more…)

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We’ve got an exciting addition to our Untapped Cities event series this fall! We’re partnering with Chashama to offer 4 lucky readers a chance to win a free tour of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park on Saturday, September 20th (details to enter below). The terminal is four million square feet of history, which dates back to the days of World War I.  It is also one of the most stunning architectural places in the city, open to the public only in the last few years.

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Read our top ten curated picks of events to check out this week. This week it’s all about jazz in the city, with jazz at the Morris Jumel Mansion, at St. Peter’s and the Jazz Age Lan Party on Governor’s Island. Also visit Green-Wood Cemetery for a summer reception, learn about family life on the Lower East Side and more:

Monday, August 11th:

Check out the Queer Book Diorama Show at the Jefferson Market Library NYPL branch, featuring dioramas of  notable LGBT books, presented by The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History and Lambda Literary Foundation.

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In 1964, a father and son were renovating a former speakeasy in the East Village into a theater when they came across two unopened safes in the basement. The speakeasy had been sold eagerly for a very cheap price and the entertainment business then was closely linked to mobsters. To touch their belongings meant death. Opening it with the former owner, $2 million dollars were found inside. What happened next has shaped the lives and the theater for the next sixty years.

Join us for a tour and cocktail at this former Prohibition speakeasy on Saturday, September 13th at 2 pm, which includes a guided walk through of the Museum of the American Gangster. You’ll see the original safes that were discovered, the former escape routes for the mafia, and more. There are only a few tickets left, so grab them now!

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Check out the top 10 events happening in New York City to start off the first complete week of August. This week, you can cook real Vietnamese food at the Vietnamese Street Food Workshop in Brooklyn, Stargaze with the Amateur Astronomers Club, and embark on an Art Deco Scavenger Hunt with Open House New York. (more…)

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The Cathedral of St. John the Divine sits like an uninvited guest from the times of sexist Knights and flying buttresses. Arguably the strangest building in New York City, we at Untapped absolutely adore it. So come and join us for a vertical tour of St. John the Divine and stand atop the unfinished yet still somehow the largest cathedral in the world.  (more…)