02/04/14 1:00pm

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Our Untapped Cities Woolworth Building Tour has been so popular, we’re doing it again on Saturday, April 12th at 1 PM. In November, we took readers down to the vault of the bank and the former entrances to the NYC subway system. In January, we went down into the bowels of the building to see the infamous pool, the water tank and more, as seen in our Top 10 Secrets of the Woolworth Building.

This intimate, hour-long tour that takes readers to the normally off-limits Woolworth Building is led by Lisa Swyers, a preservationist working directly with the archives of the Woolworth Building. In addition to a guided visit through the spectacular lobby, we will also see the basement level where the bank vault is located. Other locations, as seen on previous Untapped Cities tours, will be dependent on building access on the particular day.


02/03/14 1:00pm

Arlene's Grocery stanton street lower east side music venue new york untapped cities samantha sokolArlene’s Grocery is a music venue that’s made up of a repurposed bodega.

Monday, February 3rd - Head on over to one of our favorite quirky music spots, Arlene’s Grocery for “Comedy at the Grocery,” a monthly stand-up show on the Lower East Side. Did you know Arlene’s is made up of a Puerto Rican bodega? Queens Council on the Arts reinvents itself as a catwalk for couture and cuisine to raise money for a stop gap scholarship fund at Manducatis Rusticated in Long Island City and presents the first Moveable Feast Artist Dinner, Hemlines & Waistlines: An evening where Couture meets Cuisine / An experience where Ready-To-Wear meets Ready-To-Eat featuring Queens Artist Mark Salinas and Celebrity Chef Dave Martin.

Tuesday, February 4thKGB Bar hosts one of their weekly poetry readings, this week featuring writers from Finishing Line Press’ chapbook selections. Get the feel for one of these readings from our review of their “Columbia’s Select” themed event. Join James Goldcrown for his upcoming show at One Art Space, Hunger Game, his 12-year examination of fashion photography, comparing models to food being consumed.  (more…)

01/30/14 11:00am

1-poetry brothel-poetry society of new york-back room bar-robert ramirez-nyc-untapped cities-03Special guest, Bronx-bred poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips reading from his book The Ground.

In the candlelit Back Room Bar of the Lower East Side, the Poetry Brothel takes you to back to the Prohibition era, promising to entertain you with their unique poetry experience. The Madame, Stephanie Berger of the Poetry Society of New York, curates a carefully selected and scantily dressed evening of poetry, dancing, and spirits–echoing the atmosphere of Parisian brothels or New Orleans burlesque. Performers of the evening call themselves “poetry whores,” taking the stage to entice the audience with charming verse in the hopes of taking a “john” to the back room for a private reading. The theme for this month’s event was Chez Christiane, a 1920s Parisian brothel known for catering to the “special passions” of its wealthy patrons. (more…)

01/27/14 3:00pm

the hole nyc-events-untapped citiesThe Hole NYC hosts Jim Joe’s first solo art show this week, with closing reception Friday.

Here are our top picks for making plans in New York City this week!

Monday, January 27: Crack up with this group of female comedians at “Saw Her Stand Up There.” One World Symphony maestro Sung Jin Hong has reimagined the dearly departed AMC series in his new mini opera, Breaking Bad–Ozymandiascombining it with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley’s ode to impermanence, “Ozymandias.”

Tuesday, January 28: Meet New York City’s Borough Presidents at Crain’s Business Breakfast! (more…)

01/27/14 10:00am

Super Bowl XLVIII will take place this Sunday in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. While the big game is taking place in Jersey, New York City has plenty of events lined up to celebrate the NFL. Throughout the five boroughs, the city is booming with special events and once in a lifetime opportunities. Here is a rundown of ten cool events happening in NYC during Super Bowl week.

1. Super Bowl Boulevard

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By far the biggest event is the Super Bowl Boulevard. From Wednesday January 29th to Saturday February 1st, Broadway between 34th and 47th Streets will become the focal point of everything NFL in NYC until the big game.  The event is free and open to the public from noon to 10pm each day. This is an opportunity for diehard NFL fans to take a picture of the Lombardi Trophy, football’s biggest honor up close; for kids who want to try kicking a field goal through the arches or get an autograph from current and retired NFL players. There will also be a toboggan run ($5 charge, with the proceeds going to the charity MillionTreesNYC).

As this will be a big public event, you can expect lines everywhere. To make it easier for you all, make sure you register for a badge so you will not have to deal with lines in the cold. Click HERE to register. (more…)

01/21/14 1:00pm

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Here are our top picks for events in NYC this week!

Tuesday, January 21: “Looking Back and Looking Ahead: Preservation Progress in the Village, East Village, and NoHo 2003-2013, and the Road Ahead” is a presentation at the Church of the Village by Executive Director Andrew Berman of The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Presentation. In the presentation, Berman will take a look at development and historical preservation the GVSHP has been involved with during the past ten years. The presentation will also delve into “the newest threats looming on the horizon.”