celebrate brooklyn show bandshell-NYC-Untapped CitiesCelebrate Brooklyn! Image via bricartsmedia.org

With July closing out and the worst few weeks of a humid New York summer upcoming, cool off with a Central Park waterfight, Harlem food festivals, an indie music festival on Pier 84, and a preview of Mozart at the Lincoln Center.

Monday, July 20th

The Museum of the City of New York will be hosting ‘Is Preservation Elitist?‘ a panel discussion on the ethics and methods of preserving culturally significant areas of the city that delves into themes explored in the museum’s upcoming exhibit, ‘Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks.’

The Urban Park Rangers are hosting weekly obstacle-challenge Adventure Courses in Queens’ Alley Pond Park, for people of all ages and physical ability. The next outing takes place on July 26th and registration opens July 20th. (more…)

Staten Island New Stapleton Waterfront-NYCEDC-Behind the Scenes NYC Tour-Untapped Cities 2Rendering of New Stapleton Waterfront on Staten Island

On July 25th, we’ll be hosting our next tour in the Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series with the NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). Our previous visits have included special access into the Brooklyn Kings Theatre, the Brooklyn Army Terminal and the Hunts Point Produce Terminal in the Bronx, and we’re heading to another borough this month: Staten Island.

This in-depth tour will begin at the St. George Ferry Terminal, where NYCEDC’s Munro Johnson, Vice President of Development for Staten Island, will speak about the St. George Waterfront developments, then we’ll take the Staten Island Railroad two stops down to Stapleton. Among the stops in Stapleton will be the New Stapleton Waterfront development project with Ironstate Development, who will speak on the construction progress of the decommissioned U.S. Naval base, to be turned into a mixed-use development and public waterfront esplanade.


Woolworth Building Construction Site-NYCWoolworth Building under construction. Image via Library of Congress

The construction of the Woolworth Building, once one of the tallest buildings in the world, was such a feat that there is a wealth of vintage photographs documenting the building process. The Museum of the City of New York has so many images, it takes pages and pages to go through the construction photographs. While today, most admire the Woolworth Building for its neo-Gothic exterior built atop a steel frame, many of the technological marvels were hidden in multiple levels of basements.

Here, we’re sharing with you some of those impressive images and on August 12th, you can join our exclusive tour of the Woolworth Building which will take you down the three cellar levels of the landmarked building, as well as a guided walk through the stunning lobby. You’ll get a complete picture of the engineering feat and aesthetic masterpiece that the Woolworth Building is.


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Hudson Valley is a picturesque breath of fresh air away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s one of the only places left to New Yorkers to indulge in a bit of getting in touch with nature. And of course, what is a bit of getting in touch nature without booze? To answer your question, our friends at the New York Adventure Club are hosting a day-long private charter bus trip to three of Hudson Valley’s top breweries. The tour will take place on Saturday, July 11th, and will be led by BeerUnion, the authority in New York State beer and authors of “Beer Lover’s New York.”



We’ve made a big update to our long-running tour of the Woolworth Building with even more behind-the-scenes access than before! On August 12th and September 16th, Untapped Cities will offer an hour-long tour of the normally off-limits Woolworth Building which will feature not only a visit through the stunning lobby but also an exclusive walk through the massive basement levels. On this tour of the underbelly of the Woolworth Building, you’ll get a complete picture of the engineering feat and aesthetic masterpiece that the skyscarper is. With access to locations not normally included on any other public tour, this behind the scenes look at the underpinnings of one of NYC’s most important historic landmarks is only available exclusively through Untapped Cities. Tickets are limited in number.

The tour will be led Lisa Renz, a preservationist working directly on the Woolworth Building and Roy Suskin of The Witkoff Group who manages the building. In addition to a guided visit through the spectacular lobby, we will also visit the cellar level where the bank vault is located and where the former entrances to the subway are, the sub-cellar jam-packed full of machinery, and the boiler room, an immense space that one housed the engine room that once powered and lighted the building.

See more images of some of the great architecture you’ll see on the tour. See our full list of Untapped Cities events here.

nostalgia trains transit museum coney island-NYC-Untapped CitiesThe Transit Museum’s ‘Nostalgia Rides’ subway car. Image via amny.com

July grows ever hotter this summer, but luckily we can distract ourselves with the return of Manhattanhenge, Flatiron District gastronomy, film screenings, and the City of Water Day 2015.

Monday, July 13th

Get out your cameras! Manhattanhenge returns to NYC for the last time this summer on Monday night. Cue the Instagrammers clogging every block from 34th Street to 42nd Street.

The Urban Park Rangers are hosting weekly obstacle-challenge Adventure Courses in Queens’ Alley Pond Park, for people of all ages and physical ability. The next outing takes place on July 19th and registration opens July 13th.