The Cooper Union Foundation Building at Astor Place stands today amongst modern monoliths, remnants of a day when the elevated IRT Third Avenue rail still ran down the Bowery. With even more big changes are underway with the urban streetscape getting a complete redesign by WXY Architecture, Untapped Cities writer Daniel London had a chance to take a look at what lies behind the great clock in the Cooper Union Building:
The New Yorker Hotel was designed in the Art Deco style by the architectural firm Sugarman & Berger. While the hotel was constructed between 1929 and 1930, the height of the Art Deco period, the exterior doesn’t exude the tell-tale, showy Art Deco ornamentation and details. Instead, it follows the buttoned up, yet still decisively Art Deco Style. (more…)
Museum of the City of New York hosts the tour of St. John the Divine, “Hidden Genius: Rafael Guastavino at St. John the Divine” in conjunction with their Palaces for the People exhibit. This tour is sold out but you can join our vertical tour of St. John the Divine Saturday August 23rd at 12pm for an adventurous behind-the-scenes look climb to the top of one of the world’s largest cathedrals.
A vintage double decker bus of the Fifth Avenue Coach Company. Image Source: Flickr.com by the MTA
Fifth Avenue has it all: opulent retail, national embassies, corporate headquarters–but no Subway line. Why is this? Not only is there no line now (and no plans for one in the future), but no elevated trains or trolleys have ever operated on one of the world’s grandest thoroughfares. In fact, the avenue’s transit history is one of the most complex of any street in New York City. (more…)
Our exclusive Untapped Cities Woolworth tour has been so popular, we’re offering more chances to check out the off-limits building this summer and fall. Although our July 17th tour is sold out, we’ve got dates for August 23rd (just a few tickets left), October 9th, November 8th and December 4th . This intimate, hour-long tour is led by Jason Crowley, a preservationist and architectural historian who is working to digitize and catalogue the New York Historical Society’s extensive collection of Woolworth Building archives.
Jason will lead us across the street to City Hall Park where we’ll examine the highly ornamented exterior of what was once the tallest building in the world. After discussing the Woolworth’s crucial importance to the development of the skyscraper and the New York City skyline, Jason will take us into the lobby, where he’ll share commentary on the vaulted ceilings and sculptural details, and into the bank vaults of the basement.
Following the tour, there will be an optional cocktail hour at Fraunces Tavern where you can mingle with other members of the Untapped community. Buy tickets here: