12/30/13 1:00pm

Webster Hall NYE NYC Untapped Cities

Manhattan

Webster Hall New Years Eve Ball featuring the largest balloon drop on earth! Champagne toast, party favors, live broadcast of the Ball Drop in Times Square on 40 LCD screens around the club and largest High Definition LED Video Wall in NYC, mind-blowing aerial performances, dazzling fire displays, Shane Savant’s GoGo Rama, stilt walkers, snake charmers, magicians and special performances. 8pm – 12pm at 125 E 11th Street. General admission $124.

Emerald Nuts Midnight Run. Costume parade and contest (starting at 11:00 p.m.), and a 15-minute fireworks show as seen on foot. With a countdown to midnight beginning at 11:59 p.m., the 4-mile unscored run will begin on the stroke of midnight, as will a spectacular fireworks display to light up the night and the start of 2014. 72nd Street Transverse in Central Park. $55 members / $60 non-members.

Underground Eats. Come party with Next Iron Chef contestant Jehangir Mehta this New Year’s Eve for a two-faced dining experience with dueling parties in his neighboring East Village restaurants Graffiti and the new, under-the-radar spot Me and You. 9pm – 1am. $200 per person.  (more…)

12/13/13 5:30pm

Image Source: Brooklyn Night Bazaar Image Source: Brooklyn Night Bazaar

We rounded up 10 of the best, craftiest and quirkiest holiday markets and fairs in Manhattan Brooklyn and Queens, from Artists & Fleas in Chelsea Market to the Morbid Anatomy Holiday Fair.

Manhattan

Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market is a rotating pop-up shop held throughout the year at Chelsea Market that brings together a curated collection of independent designers, emerging artists and vintage collectors from the Artists & Fleas family over time to the heart of Chelsea Market and the Meatpacking District. Inside Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave (between 15th & 16th Streets). Open daily.

BUST Magazine Holiday Craftacular & Food Fair. Join BUST in NYC’s hip Chelsea ‘hood for a two-day shopping, eating, crafting, and merrymaking extravaganza featuring over 200 amazing handmade, vintage, and fancy-food vendors. December 15 & 16, 10am-7pm. Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street (at 6th Ave).

Holiday Market by Flea Marqueta at Urban Garden Center features local vendors and artists in Harlem. Saturdays and Sundays in December, 10am-7pm. 116th and Park Ave.  (more…)

12/02/13 10:00am

For more than half its life, Lower Manhattan’s iconic Woolworth Building has been off-limits to all but the lucky few employed in its handful of professional office spaces. While the lobby has been technically closed to the public since World War II, the management doubled down on its policy after 9/11, erecting the infamous “TOURISTS ARE NOT PERMITTED” sign much bemoaned by local architecture buffs.

On Wednesday, January 22nd at 6:30pm, we’ll be offering readers the chance for intimate, hour-long tour led by Jason Crowley, a preservationist and architectural historian who is working to digitize and catalogue the extensive collection of Woolworth Building archives. You will not only get to see the famous lobby, but also the vault of the former bank and past entrances to subway lines in the basement of the building.

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.

Following the tour, Untapped Cities history columnist Benjamin Waldman will lead guests to an optional cocktail hour at Fraunces Tavern. While you mingle with other members of the Untapped community, Ben will be on hand to discuss the evolution of New York City’s skyscrapers from Trinity Church to the World Trade Center, as well as the zoning changes they’ve necessitated.

Tour has limited capacity. Tickets available for tour only, tour and cocktail-hour Q&A, or cocktail-hour Q&A only.
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11/22/13 3:00pm

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 December 8th at 3:30pm, 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!

11/19/13 9:00am

Safety Deposit Graveyard-Woolworth Building-Interior-Irving National Bank-Vault-Cass Gilbert-NYCSafety deposit “graveyard” discovered in The Woolworth Building

On our last Untapped Cities event that toured the Woolworth Building, we got to see some parts of the landmark space that weren’t shown even on visits we’ve taken with other organizations before. The most unique spot was the bank vault which is no longer in use, but still packed to the gills with safety deposit boxes and files. In this area was a veritable “graveyard” of safety deposits boxes, waiting to be thrown out. We had previously reported on other “non-human graveyards,” so we had a special interest in this oddity.

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11/08/13 2:00pm

Though the (real) remnants of Prohibition are often difficult to find in NYC, particularly with so many bars mimicking the feel, rest assured that there is still once place full of history and open for exploration. Join us for our next Untapped Cities event with a tour and cocktail at an authentic Prohibition era speakeasy in the East Village on Sunday, December 8th, at 3:30pm. The speakeasy, still being used as a bar and theater, retains the original wood horseshoe bar, access to original mafia escape tunnels, and the safes where $2 million dollars were found by Lorcan Otway, the founder of the Museum of the American Gangster, and his father.

The tour guide from the Museum of American Gangster will give us a walkthrough of the museum and speakeasy remnants that will conclude with a vintage cocktail at the bar. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the museum. Space is limited.