Take the same grime-level of the 5 Points in the 1800s, but add more saloons and strip clubs, and out comes “The Tenderloin.” Though The Tenderloin flaunted itself as “Satan’s Circus” back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the neighborhood no longer exists as it used to due to zoning changes to Sixth Avenue in the 1990s. On October 19th, join us for a tour through the fascinating remains of The Tenderloin district and Tin Pan Alley with historian David Freeland. (more…)
We’ve got an exciting addition to our Untapped Cities event series this fall! We’re partnering with Chashama to offer 4 lucky readers a chance to win a free tour of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park on Saturday, September 20th (details to enter below). The terminal is four million square feet of history, which dates back to the days of World War I. It is also one of the most stunning architectural places in the city, open to the public only in the last few years.
In 1964, a father and son were renovating a former speakeasy in the East Village into a theater when they came across two unopened safes in the basement. The speakeasy had been sold eagerly for a very cheap price and the entertainment business then was closely linked to mobsters. To touch their belongings meant death. Opening it with the former owner, $2 million dollars were found inside. What happened next has shaped the lives and the theater for the next sixty years.
Join us for a tour and cocktail at this former Prohibition speakeasy on Saturday, September 13th at 2 pm, which includes a guided walk through of the Museum of the American Gangster. You’ll see the original safes that were discovered, the former escape routes for the mafia, and more. There are only a few tickets left, so grab them now!
Check out the top 10 events happening in New York City to start off the first complete week of August. This week, you can cook real Vietnamese food at the Vietnamese Street Food Workshop in Brooklyn, Stargaze with the Amateur Astronomers Club, and embark on an Art Deco Scavenger Hunt with Open House New York. (more…)
“Cathedral of St. John” by Kripaks via Wikipedia
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine sits like an uninvited guest from the times of sexist Knights and flying buttresses. Arguably the strangest building in New York City, we at Untapped absolutely adore it. So come and join us for a vertical tour of St. John the Divine and stand atop the unfinished yet still somehow the largest cathedral in the world. (more…)
Tickets for our upcoming Untapped Cities tours are going fast. Our Edgar Allan Poe Greenwich Village tour is already sold out, but there are two tickets left for the August Woolworth Building tour (and more dates in October, November and December), plus new tours added of a real Prohibition Speakeasy and an adventurous Vertical Tour of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Read more about these tours and get tickets below:
Untapped Cities will be offering readers the chance for intimate, hour-long tour of the normally off-limits Woolworth Building lobby led by Lisa Swyers, a preservationist working directly with the archives of the Woolworth Building. In addition to a guided visit through the spectacular lobby, we will also visit the basement level where the bank vault is located and where the former entrances to the subway are. Other locations, as seen on previous Untapped Cities tours, will be dependent on building access on the particular day. Untapped Cities works directly with the tour guides to provide additional access not necessarily available on regular tours of the building. Following the tour, we will lead guests to an optional cocktail hour at the historic Fraunces Tavern. (more…)