With Stephen Colbert taking the reins from David Letterman on CBS’s Late Show, Untapped Cities is taking a look at the secrets and fun facts of the show’s home, the Ed Sullivan Theater in midtown New York City.


Untapped Cities is excited to offer this new, Untapped Cities-exclusive tour of the normally off-limits Woolworth Building led by building architect Cass Gilbert’s great granddaughter, Helen Post Curry, who runs the Woolworth Building tours. In addition to a guided visit through the spectacular lobby, we will also visit the cellar level where the bank vault is located and where the former entrances to the subway are, and provide special access to the gorgeous mezzanine level. 

Cass Gilbert was Curry’s paternal great grandfather and she began running tours in the Woolworth Building on the 100th anniversary of the landmark. As Curry says herself, “there are so many behind-the-scenes “secrets” about the Woolworth Building” and we’re excited to share them with you on this special, insiders tour.

Next, read about the Top 10 Secrets of the Woolworth Building.

A destroyed subway station near ground zero on the evening of Sept. 12, 2001 after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

A destroyed subway station near Ground Zero on the evening of Sept. 12, 2001 after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

With 9/11 fresh in our minds from the recent anniversary, the New York Transit Museum will present its new exhibition, Bringing Back the City: Mass Transit Responds to Crisis covering events of the last decade, including 9/11, the 2003 Blackout, Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Irene, and the Blizzard of 2010.

The New York Transit Museum has provided us a sneak preview of some of the images visitors will see in the exhibit. Bringing Back the City: Mass Transit Responds to Crisis includes photographs, artifacts, and recorded oral histories. Gabrielle Schubert, Director of the New York Transit Museum, says, “It seemed like a story that needed to be told. Most New Yorkers don’t realize that transit personnel are also on the front lines when disaster hits the city.” 


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Today, just a little after 1pm, we rode the inaugural 7 Line train from Times Square to Hudson Yards. As a pristine new subway train pulled into the station, the crowd of excited passengers–which was as diverse in age, ethnicity and temperament as New Yorkers can get–applauded. There was even a doomsday transit man, proclaiming to whoever gave accidental eye contact that the system was never supposed to be this way. None of this dampened the spirit, as applause returned again as the overhead speakers announced that this would be the first train ride to Hudson Yards.


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Artist Christina Lihan, previously seen in New York City in an exhibit at the CitiGroup Center, is best known for her intricate, hand-cut, three dimensional streetscapes. On Thursday, September 17th, she will unveil her exhibit “Constructing from the Razor’s Edge,” which will be housed inside the historic Flatiron Building’s Prow Art Space. The space, which is about thirty feet long, will have cut paper buildings suspended from the twelve-foot high ceiling of the narrow, ten-foot wide gallery. The above is a preview Lihan shared with us of the paper sculptures that will grace the space.


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The much-anticipated Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling will officially open their doors on October 3rd. As part of the Broadway Housing Communities. The Museum is part of a complex that includes affordable housing, educational and cultural arts in a mixed-use development. The building, located at 898 St. Nicholas Avenue, will house the Museum, 124 affordable apartments and a third art gallery for Broadway Housing, Rio III Gallery.