Broadway-Madison Square Park-Victory Arch-NYCYes, this is New York City!

On August 6th, Untapped Cities founder Michelle Young will give a talk on her recently released book Broadway at the Mid-Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library. At 6:30pm Michelle will walk through the most surprising finds she came across from the collection nearly 200 vintage photographs published in this book about the history of Broadway as a street, tracing its evolution from the Native American era until today.

Get tickets below, which are free for this event, or purchase ticket plus an autographed book at a discounted rate (book to be picked up at the event). Read on for an excerpt of the book Broadway.

The Mid-Manhattan Library is located at 455 5th Avenue at 40th Street. Event begins at 6:30pm.

The Museum at Eldridge Street. Image by Peter Aaron

This upcoming Wednesday July 22nd is our special summer after hours event at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Starting at 8pm, the stunning sanctuary of the Eldridge Street Synagogue and the Museum at Eldridge Street will be opened for a wine reception for Untapped Cities guests. We’ll open with a 15 minute talk about the Lower East Side religious institution by Rachel Serkin, Family & Education Program Associate, at the Museum at Eldridge Street and then guests will be free to explore, mingle and imbibe. The Untapped Cities staff looks forward to seeing you at the event!

You’ll step into the footsteps of the synagogue’s immigrant founders who finally got to celebrate their religion gloriously and openly in the free land of America. Swap historical facts and quirky architectural detail over wine. Be on the lookout for the parts of unrestored lath and plaster in the building’s balcony which reveal how the building is put together, with brick, lath, plaster, even pieces of horse-hair, used to bind the plaster.

Tickets are still available for the wine reception, and are 25% off for Untapped Cities readers using discount code UNTAPPED.

market diner-NYC-Untapped CIties4Jinwoo Chong for Untapped Cities

In an example of the perennial struggle of small businesses and traditions to withstand the bulldozer of Manhattan’s modernization, the Market Diner on West 43rd Street is set to be torn down to make way for a new 13-story multi-purpose building.


The Dutch settlers landed on the tip of Manhattan in 1623, naming their new home New Amsterdam and lining up a battery of canons to defend it. Historic Battery Park (now known as The Battery) was where the early immigrants landed, and Castle Clinton, built with the intention of preventing a British invasion in 1812, was where immigrants were first directed before Ellis Island was built.

Today, the twenty-three acre park is the largest public open space in the Downtown section of Manhattan and Castle Clinton is the most visited National Park Service site in the country, receiving over three-million people annually. In keeping with its history, we’ve put together 10 things you might like to see and do in The Battery this Summer.



Yesterday, it was announced that the SeaGlass Carousel in The Battery, an aquatic-themed carousel, would finally open officially on August 20th. You may remember it was supposed to open in 2013 but has been experiencing long delays and has now been in the works for six years. Designed by WXY architecture, the carousel takes the form of a giant nautilus shell that will house 30 large luminescent fish figures (sponsored at $100,000 a piece). Recently, we got a glimpse of those said fish along with the latest on the exterior construction.


washington heights-NYC-Untapped CitiesViews of the Hudson River from Washington Heights. Image via airbnb

A strange mix of Patriot and Tory still exists in Washington Heights, where American troops fell to British forces in 1776.  The Battle of Fort Washington took place in the area on November 16, 1776, where the cliffs at the northern end of the island offer sweeping views of the Hudson River.  This commanding position made the spot a key military point during the American Revolution.