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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, May 9th at 1pm (3pm tour is sold out), 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!
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Our Untapped Cities events series has grown quite a bit, thanks to all of you intrepid explorers. While many of our upcoming events are sold out (or awaiting new dates for the waitlisters), we’ve got some new upcoming tours that still have space. From a tour of an authentic Prohibition era speakeasy, a tour and tasting at Industry City Distillery, to a visit to the off-limits Woolworth Building, these are just a sampling of what we have in store.

Woolworth Building Tour: April 18th & May 16th

Untapped Cities will be offering readers the chance for intimate, hour-long tour of the normally off-limits Woolworth Building lobby led by Lisa Renz, 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 Tiny’s. Buy Tickets

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El Anatsui at The Armory Show, Pier 94 represented by Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Booth 507

El Anatsui at The Armory Show, Pier 94 represented by Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Booth 507

One of the most important annual art events in New York will take place this week: The Armory Show located on Piers 92 and 94 from March 5th through March 8th, with the Armory Party at The MoMA on March 4th. In addition, this is the kick-off of an entire week of exhibits by artists from all over the World in other locations throughout our City. Here are a few of the locations that make Armory Arts Week special:

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Bjork MoMA

In New York City next week, check out openings from the Armory Show, a class at the Guggenheim, or spend an evening having a conversation about NYC’s Jewish comfort food.

Monday, March 2nd 

On Monday, Built by Women (BxW), an initiative that celebrates women contributions to the built environment will be kickstarting the month-long BxW NYC exhibition. The exhibition will comprise of 98 diverse sites, designed, engineered or constructed by women. At the Center for Architecture, free.

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Brooklyn Kings Theatre-Loews-NYCEDC Restoration-Untapped Cities Behind the Scenes NYC TourAll photos by Matt Lambros, After the Final Curtain

On Monday, March 16th at 6pm, we’ll be bringing guests on a special tour of the Brooklyn Kings Theatre, which just re-opened after a multi-year renovation. With so many of New York City’s theaters lost, repurposed or in a state of abandonment, it’s a real feat to have this 93,000 square foot theater open again to the public. Moreover, photographer and Untapped Cities columnist Matt Lambros from After the Final Curtain has been documenting the theater since before the restoration until now. Here are some before and after images, showing what visitors can see on our Behind the Scenes NYC tour, led by Christina de Rose, NYCEDC Senior Vice President who led the project and Matt Wolf, Executive Director of Kings Theatre. Get tickets here.

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Untapped Cities is excited to announce the Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to provide special access to some of the city’s most exciting development projects. Over the next six months, a monthly tour will bring Untapped Cities readers and New Yorkers to projects such as the newly renovated Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, raw spaces at the Brooklyn Army Terminal untouched for 40 years, the Hunts Point Produce Market, the Harlem Corn Exchange Building, and Staten Island’s North Shore.

The tours will be led by NYCEDC experts who have spearheaded the redevelopments, as well as the community partners for the projects, offering insider insight into the past, present and future of these sites.

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