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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.


The Museum at Eldridge Street. Image by Peter Aaron

Come discover the history, architecture and the magical sanctuary of the landmarked Eldridge Street Synagogue, a beautiful house of worship built by Eastern European immigrants in America, in our After Hours Tour and Wine Reception on Wednesday, July 22nd, co-presented by Untapped Cities and the Museum at Eldridge Street. This will be our Summer Happy Hour event for our readers and contributor community, so come on down, we’d love to meet you.

You’ll step into the footsteps of the synagogue’s immigrant founders who finally got to celebrate their religion gloriously and openly in the free land of America. Swap historical facts and quirky architectural detail over wine. Be on the lookout for the parts of unrestored lath and plaster in the building’s balcony which reveal how the building is put together, with brick, lath, plaster, even pieces of horse-hair, used to bind the plaster.

Tickets are 25% off for Untapped Cities readers using discount code UNTAPPED. (Tickets for the neighborhood tour beforehand are now sold out).

Museum at Eldridge Street- New York City - NYC - Lower East SideThe Museum at Eldridge Street. Image by Peter Aaron

Discover more of our Untapped Cities Tours and Events here.

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Staten Island is the next frontier of urban development in New York City, with the forthcoming arrival of the world’s tallest ferris wheel and the St. George Waterfront development. While these projects are currently under construction, there’s already a lot happening. In our next Behind the Scenes NYC tour with the NYC Economic Development Corporation, we’ll be doing a walking tour of the New Stapleton Waterfront with the NYCEDC’s Munro Johnson, Vice President of Development for Staten Island on Saturday, July 25th at 10am.

Stops on this walking tour will include:

  • SI Makerspace, an arts, technology and business incubator for NYCEDC
  • The New Stapleton Waterfront development project with Ironstate Development speaking on the construction progress of the decommissioned U.S. Naval Base, to be turned into a mixed-use development and public waterfront esplanade
  • The Stapleton Town Center with Kamillah M. Hanks of the Historic Tappen Park Community Partnership
  • Techbox, a co-working space for entrepreneurs and techies

After the tour, for those interested we’ll head to the nearby Flagship Brewery in downtown Stapleton for beers and pizza at around lunchtime for those that want to grab a bite to eat (food/drink not included in price of ticket).

The tour will begin at the St. George Ferry Terminal, where Munro will speak about the St. George Waterfront developments, then we’ll take the Staten Island Railroad two stops down to Stapleton for the rest of the tour. 

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Summer is in full swing this July in NYC with The Tempest in Central Park, the start of Elastic City 2015, and a Transit Museum vintage bus showcase on Governors Island.

Sunday, July 5th

July 5th marks the last summer performance of Shakespeare in the Park’s 2015 production of The Tempest, free and open to all ages in the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Public Theater’s next production, Cymbeline, won’t start up until July 27th.

Experience the serenity of summer with YogaSole as part of their free outdoor yoga classes in Prospect Park. All ages and experience levels are welcome.