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Don’t let New York City’s bright lights fool you: it is possible to see the stars even in an illuminated city like this if you know where to look. One such vantage point is Columbia University’s Rutherfurd Observatory, where, on every other Friday night, the Columbia Astronomy Public Outreach series allows New Yorkers to peek through the smog while standing on a piece of science history.


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Here is your weekly curated events guide for this week.

Monday, June 23rd

Make your way to Brooklyn Brewery in Greenpoint for “Big Chill,” an event featuring cold bites and colder beers. Menu items include cold borscht shots, chicken liver terrine, and ice cream sandwiches — all paired with Brooklyn Brewery beers and ales. This event is from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and a ticket is required.  (more…)

Our exclusive Untapped Cities Woolworth tour has been so popular, we’re offering more chances to check out the off-limits building this summer. Although our July 17th tour is sold out, our Saturday August 23rd tour has just gone on-sale today. 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. While you mingle with other members of the Untapped community. Buy tickets here:

Tour has limited capacity. Tickets available for tour only, tour and cocktail-hour Q&A, or cocktail-hour Q&A only.

Chelsea Music Festival General Theological Seminary 2013 NYC Untapped CitiesLast year’s concert at the General Theological Seminary. Photo courtesy of the Chelsea Music Festival.

Untapped Cities is a proud media partner of the Chelsea Music Festival, now in its fifth season. 

The Chelsea Music Festival returns for its fifth season on Friday, June 6th with the opening night gala ushering in nine days of concerts in some of Chelsea’s most unique venues. This year, the festival celebrates German and Brazilian music in honor of some major anniversaries: C. P. E. Bach (300), Richard Strauss (150), and Heitor Villa-Lobos (55). The festival’s motto is “Hear, Taste, See,” and with three culinary artists in residence, three visual artists, and many musicians, the events are sure to engage all the senses.


Back by popular demand is our speakeasy tour at the Museum of American Gangster, with the next visit on June 7th at 3pm.

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 Saturday June 7th at 3pm and Wednesday June 18th at 7 pm, 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!

Saturday, June 7th 3pm Tour:

June 18th Tour at 7pm:

Near DeKalb Ave Station, a mural by Joe Iurato who will soon be a curator at Mana Museum of Urban Arts in Jersey City. Near DeKalb Ave Station, a mural by Joe Iurato for The Bushwick Collective. Iurato will soon be curating the new Mana Museum of Urban Arts in Jersey City.

If you haven’t made it out to The Bushwick Collective yet to check out the amazing street art, this weekend would be a great time to go! The Collective is kicking off the summer with its 1st annual gallery show and 3rd annual block party.  We recently had a chance to revisit this street art hotspot, which has featured famous and up-and-coming artists for the past three years.  (more…)