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Continuing our special Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series in partnership with the NYCEDC following the series launch at the Brooklyn Kings Theatre, we’ll be taking 25 lucky Untapped Cities readers on a unique tour of the raw spaces of the Brooklyn Army Terminal on April 21st at 6pm, into areas not normally accessible to the public or for tours and untouched for 40 years, as well as the roof of the terminal. Previously used by the Army, the raw spaces feature speed limit signs from when jeeps drove around on upper floors the during WWII and leftover paintings from the military on the walls. The tour will be led by Dean Bodnar, Senior Vice President with the NYCEDC who oversees the Brooklyn Army Terminal. We will also visit some of the manufacturing tenants inside. Tickets are limited and the tour is already more than half sold out following our soft announcement yesterday.

THIS TOUR IS NOW SOLD OUT. Sign up for the waitlist:



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On Monday evening, 25 lucky Untapped Cities readers attended the launch of our Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series in partnership with the NYCEDC, in a tour of the Brooklyn Kings Theatre. Led by Matt Wolf, Executive Director of Kings Theatre, Christina DeRose, Senior Vice President at NYCEDC and Charley Macgrew, Director of Marketing at Kings Theatre, guests were given an insider perspective on the multi-year restoration. While walking through the space, we were struck by the number of lesser-known secrets of the theater, one of the opulent Loew’s Wonder Theatres.


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There’s a consistency among the impressions of those who have dared the climb up the Manhattan Bridge. First and foremost, there’s something transcendent about the experience, not just from being up high and well, trespassing, but being able to take in the activity of lower Manhattan while simultaneously not being a part of it. Recently photographer  headed up to photograph the Manhattan Bridge, telling us “At the top it’s like having New York City in the palm of your hands, and with one slip you could lose it all.”


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Prospect Park is one of the most beloved of New York City’s parks, rivaling Central Park. Indeed, it is often seen as the park in which designers Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux learned from their mistakes on the seemingly unrivaled Central Park. Central Park’s secrets are a favorite among urban explorers and New York City residents alike, but the more perfected Prospect Park is not without its fascinating fun facts and secret spots. Here we have gathered together the secrets we’ve written about before and discovered through the great book Prospect Park: Olmstead and Vaux’s Brooklyn Masterpiece by David P. Colley.


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Going back into the archives, WNYC has a great interactive “Lost Subways” map that showcases the abandoned or never-completed subway stations of New York City, as well as never built lines. It’s a great tool to go along with our popular article on 7 of NYC’s abandoned subway stations. Here’s a quick rundown:


Weekly on Sundays, we’ll be posting the top 5 most popular Untapped Cities articles of the week so you can catch up on what you might have missed!

1. Top 10 Secrets of the Chrysler Building in NYC

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Famous as it may be, the Chrysler Building holds many fascinating secrets, compounded by the fact that it is difficult to visit and doesn’t offer tours. Find them out here.