03/05/14 11:00am

Armory Arts Week

Armory Arts Week, which takes place March 5-10, began in 1994 as The Gramercy International Art Fair, named after its initial location in the Gramercy Park Hotel. In 1999, the name was changed to The Armory Show and moved to the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue. Since then it has become one of the most anticipated art events of the season. We are all familiar with the big shows: The Armory Show at the Piers, Volta NY, Scope, ADAA, which, by the way, donates all of its ticket proceeds to the Henry Street Settlement. Here at Untapped Cities, we’d like to suggest some Armory Arts Week events you might not have thought of.  (more…)

03/04/14 1:00pm

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While we usually associate the Upper East Side with private clubs and fancy hotels, you might not know that it’s also home to Temple Emanu-El, the largest Reform temple in the world and one of the largest of any Jewish denomination.

The roots of Temple Emanu-El can be traced back to 1845, when a small group of 33 German-Jewish immigrants held the temple’s first reform service in a second floor loft at the corner of Grand and Clinton Street in the Lower East Side. Throughout the 19th century as more German-Jewish immigrants flowed into New York City, the congregation relocated four more times until it finally settled in its current location at Fifth Avenue and 65th Street in 1929, which it constructed after merging with Temple Beth-El two years earlier.  (more…)

03/03/14 11:00am

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Here’s our list of curated events in NYC this week:

Monday, March 3rd:

Join former Daily Show correspondent and Brooklyn resident Wyatt Cenac as he hosts his weekly showcase of some of the funniest up-and-coming stand up comedians in the NYC area. The event, called Night Train with Wyatt Cenac, takes place at the Littlefield performance and art space in Gowanus.

Tuesday, March 4th:

It’s going to be Fat Tuesday… in New Orleans. Those of us who have to be in NYC instead of The Big Easy but still want to celebrate Mardi Gras can head over to the Players Club in Gramercy Park  for the latest party thrown by The Salon. There will a dress code in effect: no t-shirts, sneakers or overly casual attire of any kind will be allowed. This is a party that brings New Orleans to NYC, so dress accordingly. Live performances and traditional New Orleans appetizers will be offered as part of the overall experience.

Imagine a world where the characters of Louisa May Alcott’s famous 1860 novel  Little Women and the characters from HBO’s polarizing comedy GIRLS merged together. After you get the image of Lena Dunham wearing 1860′s attire out of your head, you should head over to the Bookstore Cafe on Crosby Street for a special stage reading and discussion of WOMEN a stage play that has gotten the attention of Dunham herself. All proceeds from the event will benefit Housing Works.  (more…)

02/28/14 2:00pm

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Tomorrow night, Cotton Candy Machine, an art boutique in Williamsburg run by Sean Leonard and artist Tara McPherson, hosts an opening of oil paintings by their first artist in residence, Amar Stewart. The Brooklyn-based artist, originally from London, England, has had his work shown before in NYC and in other major cities like LA, Hong Kong and Melbourne.

The theme of his latest collection of oil painting takes inspiration from Dutch Golden Age painter Frans Hal and Hip Hop culture, with most of his paintings featuring legendary NYC MC’s along with ones who have made their mark on the culture over the past few years. (more…)

02/27/14 11:00am

Did you know that New York City held the record for the world’s tallest buildings from 1890 to 1974? On April 27th, we’re bringing back our Untapped “tour and a cocktail” concept, led by Untapped Cities History Editor Benjamin Waldman. In Downtown Manhattan, we will delve into little-known facts and stories about some of the city’s landmarks. The tour will end with a cocktail at the historic Fraunces Tavern where you can mingle with other urban enthusiasts and the Untapped Cities contributor crew.

The tour will also explore the evolution of the city’s skyline from a single church spire to the skyscraper-filled skyline recognized worldwide today, and trace the transformation of the city from a classical European colony to a modern metropolis. Highlights will include the Woolworth building (exterior), Trinity Church, and the site of the Singer building, the tallest building ever peacefully demolished.

In addition to being the History Editor and a writer for Untapped Cities, Benjamin Waldman, has written for The New York TimesColumbia Magazine, and Curbed. He has lectured at venues around the New York metropolitan area on topics including “A Walk Through Parisian History” and “Edgar Allan Poe’s New York City” (which was part of a National Endowment for the Arts grant). Benjamin is a licensed New York City tour guide and leads tours through the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy for groups including the 92nd Street Y, Columbia University, and Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford.

See more from Untapped Cities events, including a tour of the inside of the Woolworth Building (3 tickets left!) and a tour and cocktail at an authentic speakeasy in the East Village.

02/24/14 11:00am

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Here’s our list of curated events picks in NYC this week:

Monday February 24th:

In advance of the Museum of City of New York opening, Palaces of the People: Gustavino and the Art of the Structural Tile, the museum is hosting a panel discussion about the innovations brought to science and art of building by the Gustavino Company. On the panel will be WNYC’s Phillipe Lopate and architect Santiago Calatrava. Tickets here.

In celebration of NYC Beer Week, the yet to be opened Crown Heights beer shop Covenhoven is having a discussion about the history of brewing beer in NYC. Panelists to this discussion include Meredith Hill, founder of the beer blog Beerded Ladies, Joshua M. Bernstein, author of The Complete Beer Course: Bootcamp for Beer Geeks and others. You can purchase tickets for the event HERE.