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Our exclusive Untapped Cities Woolworth tour has been so popular, we’re offering more chances to check out the off-limits building this summer and fall. Although our July 17th tour is sold out, we’ve got dates for August 23rd (just a few tickets left), October 9th, November 8th and December 4th . This intimate, hour-long tour is led by Jason Crowley, a preservationist and architectural historian who is working to digitize and catalogue the New York Historical Society’s extensive collection of Woolworth Building archives.

Jason will lead us across the street to City Hall Park where we’ll examine the highly ornamented exterior of what was once the tallest building in the world. After discussing the Woolworth’s crucial importance to the development of the skyscraper and the New York City skyline, Jason will take us into the lobby, where he’ll share commentary on the vaulted ceilings and sculptural details, and into the bank vaults of the basement.

Following the tour, there will be an optional cocktail hour at Fraunces Tavern where you can mingle with other members of the Untapped community. Buy tickets here:

Saturday, August 23rd Tour 12pm:

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Here is your weekly curated events guide.

Monday, July 7th

From 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., enjoy sunset cocktails and jazz music on the rooftop of the Empire Hotel on West 63rd Street. Take in majestic views of Manhattan while enjoying music by french-born Jazz guitarist Stephane Wremble. The best part is this is a FREE event so all you have to do is register here! P.S. The sun sets at 8:02 p.m. so don’t be late. (more…)

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You see tile everywhere around you — from the walls of your subway station to the floor of your bathroom. But do you ever really consider just how old tile is (dates back to ancient Egypt), or the incredible fact that the there are still limitless architectural possibilities for the material? Join the Museum of the City of New York and the American Institute for Architecture on July 7th at 6:30 p.m. to hear a panel discussion moderated by Suzanne Stephens, deputy editor of Architectural Record, about the use, design, and manufacture of modern tiles. Panelists include Carla Swickerath, CEO and Principal at Studio Daniel Libeskind, Franz Prinsloo, architectural designer at Kohn Pedersen Fox, and Matthew Karlin, the third-generation president of the Nemo Tile Company. (more…)

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Here is your weekly events guide for the week.

Monday, June 30

Just because NYC Pride is coming to an end, doesn’t mean that the party has to! Come out to the NYC Pride Ultimate Mega Grand Finale event at Club Element. Powered by Lovergirlnyc, Dreamgyrls Ent and many more, enjoy three levels of nonstop music by DJ Mary Mac, DJ Missy B, DJ Poison Ivy, DJ Kidd Swag. Doors open at 8 p.m. so don’t be late for the party. Additional information about the event, venue, and ticket purchases are available here.

Head down to the West Village for the last night of the 4th annual Blue Note Jazz Fest to hear Argentinean jazz tenor saxophonist and composer, Gato Barbier. Not only will he be having one show but another to follow; the first is at 8:00 p.m. and the second at 10:30 p.m.  Click here for more information about Gato Barbier and how to purchase tickets for this event that is bound to bring music to your ears. (more…)

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Does “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary…” ring a bell? Pun intended.

Join us, Poe fans, on a tour of Edgar Allan Poe’s Greenwich Village. On the birthday of Poe’s wife, Virginia Clemm, we’ll pretend it’s the 1840s, and wander through Edgar Allan Poe’s Greenwich Village on this 90-minute literary and historical walking tour with Boroughs of the Dead (whom we partnered with during our Crime and Vice tour as well).

On the tour, we will visit three of his former homes, learn of Poe’s contemporary rivals and admirers, and see where he wrote some of his most famous books. We’ll see where he read “The Raven” for the first time in public, and the places which inspired Poe. Of course, we’ll also dive in to the scandal’s and triumphs of Poe’s Greenwich Village life.

Interweaving some of his most famous tales with Greenwich Village’s macabre secret histories, this tour is guaranteed to delight fans of Poe’s literary grotesques.

Following the tour, we will host an optional cocktail at the subterranean bar, The Wine Spot, located in a historic townhouse built in 1828 when Poe was alive.

Buy your tickets below or click here. And for more on Poe, check out our 10 places to Remember Poe in the city!

La Rosa Negra takes Hania “The Howling Huntress” by the hair.La Rosa Negra takes Hania “The Howling Huntress” by the hair. All photos by Chris Ragalie.

Certainly women have wrestled in Brooklyn before, but not like this. On a balmy night in May wrestling fans packed the Ludus Wrestling Center to see history being made at VALKYRIE, the first professional women’s wrestling event in New York City. With female wrestling banned throughout the city for fifty years until 1972, it’s taken a while for female wrestlers to catch up to their male counterparts. VALKYRIE aimed to showcase the sport in a serious, competitive atmosphere the likes of WWE.

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