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Art fairs, preservation talks at the New York Transit Museum and MoMA PS1, the Havana Film Festival, and a cash-mob event at Penn Books round out the Untapped events picks for the upcoming week:

Monday, March 23rd: The music of The Talking Heads, David Byrne at Carnegie Hall performed by artists like Steve Earle, Perry Farrell, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Bebel Gilberto, O.A.R., Rufus Wainwright, and house band the Roots in this all-star event. At 8pm.


Brooklyn Loews Kings Theatre-NYCEDC-Untapped Cities Behind the Scenes NYC TourPhoto by Matt Lambros/After the Final Curtain

This week in New York City explore Dead Horse Bay with Abandoned NYC’s Will Ellis, tour the recently re-opened Brooklyn Kings Theatre and celebrate St. Patrick’s day watching an Irish improv show.

Monday, March 16th

Join Untapped Cities and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) in a Behind the Scenes NYC tour of Brooklyn Kings Theatre. The former Loew’s Kings Theatre re-opened earlier this year, with impressively ornate details, a decorative curved ceiling, wood paneling, pink marble and glazed terra-cotta. The tour will be led by Christina DeRose, Senior Vice President at NYCEDC who oversaw the project, and Matt Wolf, Executive Director of Kings Theatre. Although the tour is currently sold out, sign up for the wait list for an announcement for an added tour date. See more upcoming tours in the Behind the Scenes NYC tour series here.
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This week in New York City, check out a new exhibit about Mad Men, debate about subway etiquette, attend the 10th Annual Craft Beer Festival, and more!

Tuesday, March 10th

The MTA Transit Museum’s program From Spitting to Spreading: Subway Etiquette Then and Now will explore the MTA’s recent Courtesy Counts campaign, targeted at discourteous train behavior from grooming to littering. Along with a conversation with expert insiders, attendees will be given an up-close look at the original Subway Sun etiquette advertisements, dating back to the 1940s, from the Museum’s permanent collection. 6:30 pm at the MTA Transit Museum, $10.


Eldridge Street Synagogue - NYC - Lower East SideThe 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 an After Hours Tour and Wine Reception run by the Museum at Eldridge Street. The tour will take place on 12th March, 2015 at 6:30 pm, and while it’s not an official Untapped Cities event, Untapped Cities readers can use code “ESAH” for a special 50% discount on tickets. Click here to buy tickets. The tour promises to lead attendees down secret architectural and historical paths in the Synagogue.


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