06/05/14 2:00pm

Chelsea Music Festival General Theological Seminary 2013 NYC Untapped CitiesLast year’s concert at the General Theological Seminary. Photo courtesy of the Chelsea Music Festival.

Untapped Cities is a proud media partner of the Chelsea Music Festival, now in its fifth season. 

The Chelsea Music Festival returns for its fifth season on Friday, June 6th with the opening night gala ushering in nine days of concerts in some of Chelsea’s most unique venues. This year, the festival celebrates German and Brazilian music in honor of some major anniversaries: C. P. E. Bach (300), Richard Strauss (150), and Heitor Villa-Lobos (55). The festival’s motto is “Hear, Taste, See,” and with three culinary artists in residence, three visual artists, and many musicians, the events are sure to engage all the senses.

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05/30/14 3:00pm

Back by popular demand is our speakeasy tour at the Museum of American Gangster, with the next visit on June 7th at 3pm.

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 June 7th at 3pm and Wednesday June 18th at 7 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!

Saturday, June 7th 3pm Tour:

June 18th Tour at 7pm:

05/30/14 10:00am

Near DeKalb Ave Station, a mural by Joe Iurato who will soon be a curator at Mana Museum of Urban Arts in Jersey City. Near DeKalb Ave Station, a mural by Joe Iurato for The Bushwick Collective. Iurato will soon be curating the new Mana Museum of Urban Arts in Jersey City.

If you haven’t made it out to The Bushwick Collective yet to check out the amazing street art, this weekend would be a great time to go! The Collective is kicking off the summer with its 1st annual gallery show and 3rd annual block party.  We recently had a chance to revisit this street art hotspot, which has featured famous and up-and-coming artists for the past three years.  (more…)

05/27/14 10:00am

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It is the last week of May and as we creep closer and closer to Summer that means less clothes, but more events. Here is your curated, weekly Untapped guide for events in NYC.

Tuesday May 27th

The American Museum of National History is hosting a special event for those who love science fiction. The Sci-Fi Universe is a discussion where you can examine the worlds of your favorite Sci-Fi movies, television shows and novels.

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05/19/14 12:00pm

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Here is your Weekly Untapped event guide for the week of May 19th

Monday May 19th

Start the week talking about the Cosmos with a cold beer in your hand. The US portion of the Pint of Science Festival begins with its first of three events happening in The Cantina Royal in Brooklyn.

Tuesday May 20th

Park Slope may not get as much attention for its local food as other neighborhoods in Brooklyn do. The people at Dishcrawl have a goal in mind to spread the word about the restaurants in Park Slope that deserve some much needed recognition. This will not be like any other food crawl, for the name of the restaurants are being kept secret until the ticket holders meet up and begin their food tour of Park Slope.  (more…)

05/07/14 2:00pm

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Pulqueria—the hidden Mexican restaurant and speakeasy in the heart of Chinatown—was inspired by ancient Aztec culture and Mexico City’s street markets. It was the first bar in NYC to serve pulque, an alcoholic beverage made from agave leaves. You’ll find Pulqueria’s unmarked entrance in the winding, one-way inner alleys of Chinatown, if you don’t get lost first. Descend the unremarkable steps to the subterranean spot, and you’ll emerge in a dimly lit, atmospheric lounge.  (more…)