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We’ve been a longtime partner of the Woolworth Tours and in scouting missions for our exclusive Untapped Cities tours of the Woolworth Building, sometimes we get to access some cool spots we haven’t seen before. The Woolworth Building is one of those places where you can visit again and again, and always discover something you haven’t seen before. Frank Woolworth originally had two offices in the Woolworth Building, one which has been lost to time.

In fact, most of the office building floors have been completely redone with only the ornate elevator banks left from the original design. However, another one of his offices is now part of a full-floor office for a company in the building (which we won’t name so they don’t get a flurry of visitors). While the rest of the floor is completely renovated, this office has remained mostly in its original state. It’s quite an experience walking through a modern office and then entering a room with marble walls, wood paneled doors, a fireplace and a Woolworth’s hidden safe in the closet.

Join us on our next exclusive, one-hour tour of the Woolworth Building on Thursday July 17th at 7pm. We won’t be able to visit this spot specifically as it’s part of a private company now, but we’ll see some really great spots like a safe deposit vault, closed off entrances to subway stations, and the magnificent lobby, all of which are off-limits to the public.

See our other upcoming Untapped Cities events and read about the Top 10 Secrets of the Woolworth Building!

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Monday April 21st

A contemporary take on King Lear, William Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy at The Barrow Group Mainstage Theatre by Shrunken Shakespeare Company. Instead of a kingdom, Lear is the CEO of a powerful corporation. The cast is made up of veterans of the Broadway stage and television. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.

Tuesday April 22nd

Adult toy store Babeland is celebrating Earth Day. For interested parties, you can head to the Babeland store on Bergen Street to collect a free adult toy that is Solar Powered and promises to provide something (in their words, not ours) “Earth-shattering.”

The Poets House is showcasing the first career retrospective of poet and painter George Schneeman. An icon in the NYC underground art movement, his work has been celebrated as witty and pleasurable.  (more…)

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We’re excited to partner with Andrea Janes of Boroughs of the Dead for a walking tour on one of our favorite topics here in NYC. The tour, Murder, Scandal & Vice: Crime & Corruption in 19th Century New York will take place on June 14th at 7pm with a cocktail to follow (optional) at the hidden bar Pulqueria in Chinatown.

Life in 19th Century New York was filled with murder, corruption, crime, and vice of all flavors. This just under 2-hour historical walking tour examines some of old Gotham’s most brutal and infamous crimes, some still unsolved, all set against the backdrop of a bustling city that seethed with scandal. From the gangsters of the Five Points to the tragic women of McGurk’s Suicide Hall, we’ll explore the shadiest, tawdriest, and most notorious stories of old New York.


The empty observation towers of the New York Pavilion hover over Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

The empty observation towers of the New York Pavilion hover over Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

Before it became a memory of the 90′s blockbuster Men in Black, the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Park debuted as one of many attractions of the 1964 World’s Fair. With the 50th anniversary of this wonderful piece of New York City approaching on April 22nd, the City has decided to reopened the long-shuttered Pavilion for public access. On that Tuesday, between 11am and 2pm, enter the portal of the Tent of Tomorrow for this wonderful opportunity to time travel back half a century to explore an iconic New York City structure. You’ll even get a hard hat to wear for the visit!  (more…)

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Spring is finally here. To celebrate, here are our list of curated events happening in NYC this week.

Monday April 14th

As part of St. Francis College‘s Walt Whitman literary series, the college invites award-winning author George Saunders to read from his latest book of short stories Tenth of December. The reading will be taking place at the College’s Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture and Education.

Spring Cleaning is upon us, and not just cleaning up that trashy room of yours. While most of us will be cleaning our rooms, or (God Forbid!) bathrooms; we who care about our inner selves will head to Brooklyn’s Chaitty Coffee Shop. The cafe is celebrating spring by having people show up to try their many different juice cleanses. All the ingredients are from farms—and we all know how important that is to people in Brooklyn—so sign up and try some Wakey Wakey. (more…)

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Brooklyn Heights was the first-ever New York City neighborhood to be designated a historic district. But did you know there’s also a Brooklyn Skyscraper District?

For over a decade the Brooklyn Heights Association and a coalition of residents rallied against Robert Moses, who proposed routing the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway through the heart of a neighborhood with over 600 pre-civil war structures. Had this proposal come to fruition, hundreds of historic homes would have been demolished.  After nine years of legislative maneuvers, Brooklyn Heights was designated a historic district in 1965, paving the way for other neighborhoods to seek the same protection. There are now 109 historic districts and 20 historic district extensions across the city.  (more…)