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The Sheila C. Johnson Center at Parson’s New School For Design in Manhattan recently opened an exhibit on the prison system of the United States titled States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories. More than just an exhibition on the formation and history of prisons and the treatment of inmates, it is also a dialogue between students from universities across the country and the conditions of prisons nearest them.  (more…)

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Our upcoming exploration tour of the New York City subway system goes from past (the first subway line and what’s left of the station planned as the “Grand Central” of downtown), to present (inside the new Santiago Calatrava-designed Transportation Hub at World Trade Center and the Fulton Center oculus, to the future – at the Lowline Lab. While the earlier portions of the tour will be led by Untapped Cities tour guide Justin Rivers, the portion at the Lowline will be led by lab docents working directly with the space.


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This week’s fun and exciting New York City events to attend include a new exhibit featuring the legendary band Ramones, the opening of a swimming pool in Rockefeller Center and our own Untapped Cities Tour of Bialystoker Synagogue, Shteibl Row and Historic East Broadway.

Monday, April 11th

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Ramones’ 1976 recording debut, head over to Queens Museum for the new exhibit Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk  that captures legendary band lasting impact on music, fine art and popular culture through hundreds of pieces of Ramones-abilia. (more…)

Untapped Cities New Tours Page Layout

We’re excited to reveal our brand new Untapped Cities tours page today and share with you what’s up our sleeve for the rest of 2016. We started to run Untapped Cities Tours in 2013 as a way to bring readers to the very places we were covering, many of which are off-limits to the public. To do so, we partnered directly with organizations and buildings like the Woolworth Building, the Players Club, Eldridge Street Synagogue, the United Palace Theater. Our on-going Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has given us the keys to unique development sites like the Staten Island Farm Colony, Hunts Point Food Distribution Center, and the Brooklyn Kings Theatre.