Once a year, the enormous blue whale model that hangs from the Irma and Paul Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History gets cleaned – and it’s being livestreamed on YouTube. The event, aptly titled the “2016 Whale Wash” takes place over two days and started yesterday. The livestream will run today between 11 am and 12 pm (check back here at 11 am to see it above).


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We have a great set of behind the scenes tours coming up this month, with a special visit to the Brooklyn Kings Theatre and the return of old favorites like the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal, the Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam and others. While some of our tours are already sold out for September (Woolworth Building, NYC subway tour), here’s a preview of what we do have in store which still have tickets:


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In Crown Heights south of Eastern Parkway, a stretch of Rogers Avenue is quietly buzzing. Most recently, an art house movie theater named Video Revival has opened, hidden inside a former beauty salon and barbershop storefront, on Rodgers Avenue between Sullivan Place and Montgomery Street.


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It’s the first full week of September which includes both Labor Day and September 11th. There’s a full range of events from historical tours and talks, to a rooftop vineyard tour and tasting and a BBQ at the Red Hook Grain Terminal:

Monday, September 5th

It’s Labor Day, but it’s also the birthday of the original Pennsylvania Station! Celebrate (or mourn its loss) by looking at vintage photographs and get tickets to our October tours of the Remnants of Penn Station! This popular tour is an original Untapped Cities-created tour led by Justin Rivers, who wrote The Eternal Space, a play about the demolition of Penn Station. We offered this tour as a special event to the New York Transit Museum this fall and it sold out in minutes. Tickets still available for October 23rd with us directly:

Tuesday, September 6th

Check out the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open and see the new retractable roof in action at Arthur Ashe Stadium!


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Two trolley museums outside New York City have incredible pieces of history from 9/11 – the last cars from the PATH train that was trapped beneath the World Trade Center after the Twin Towers fell. Both were in the 9/11 hangar at JFK Airport and were donated to the Shore Line Trolley Museum in East Haven, Connecticut and the Kingston Trolley Museum in the Hudson Valley in 2015. Both are on view already and both museums will have special events, opening up PATH train Car 745 for the first time to the public on September 11th next month.


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For over 70 years, Sixth Avenue has not been the official name of the avenue that can be found between Fifth and Seventh Avenues in Manhattan. On October 2nd, 1945, Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia signed a bill ceremoniously renaming Sixth Avenue the Avenue of the Americas. Prior to that, Sixth Avenue had been the street’s name since April 1, 1811, when it replaced West Road. The City’s goal at the time was to display Pan-American friendship but almost immediately, many New Yorkers were opposed to the new name, both actively and passively.