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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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In New York City next week, February 23rd to March 1st, check out a book talk with Abandoned NYC, learn about design with IKEA, see what’s new at NYU Tisch’s Fusion Film Festival and more.

Monday, February 23rd

Join former war correspondent Tom Squitieri in a conversation about his experiences reporting from conflict zones such as Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia in Film at 11‘s third monthly salon ‘Will “Never Again” Happen Again?’. The event will take place at 6:30pm at The Paname Restaurant, $10 entry.

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For the week of February 16th to 22nd, check out off-limits architecture tours, interactive exhibitions and an Art Deco Mardi Gras party.

Monday, February 16th

Join the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation in a book reading where murder meets history at “Shadows on Bleeker Street.” In the novel, after a rare book signed  by legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass is stolen, Professor Jeff Gardner joins a  Bleecker Street literary  walking tour, which he feels will enable him to recover the book—and  trap the killer of Jeff’s  colleague, who had discovered the Douglass book. The event is taking place at HB Playwrights Theatre from 6-8 pm. Although the event is free you must RSVP.

The Westminster Kennel Club 139th Annual Dog Show comes to Madison Square Garden is hosting thetonight. Gates open at 6 pm.

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If you’re like us, the standard Valentine’s Day dinner and flowers doesn’t really cut it, and most years you probably want to just bypass the holiday all together. But this is New York City after all, and what other city might have such a range of alternative Valentine’s Day activities that hit the heart of the urban explorer? Here are 10 worth checking out:

1. Digester Egg Tours at Newtown Creek

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What to do next week, February 9th to 15th, from free Shakespeare classes, tour of the Annie Leibovitz exhibition at MCNY, and an alternative guide to Valentine’s Day.

Monday, February 9th

Free Cooper Union class on “How Shakespeare Works,” part of a 9-course series where you can mix and match classes. This class on the 9th will look at the plays as performance, and how the works were performed in Shakespeare’s time. Classes taught by William Germano, Ph.D., Dean of Cooper Union’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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