03/25/14 2:00pm


On April 27th, Untapped Cities History Editor Benjamin Waldman will be leading a walking tour of Lower Manhattan looking at the world’s tallest buildings in NYC. We will delve into little-known facts and stories about some of the city’s landmarks, focusing in period between 1890 and 1974, when New York City held the record for having the world’s tallest building. The tour will end with a cocktail at the historic Fraunces Tavern.


03/24/14 12:00pm

Here are our curated pick of events for this week in New York City:

Monday March 24th:

At the Barnes & Noble on the corner of 82nd Street and Broadway, come see Columbia University graduate and author Tova Mirvis, as the bookstore celebrates her third published novel Visible City.

Tuesday March 25th:

“Space the final frontier” is perhaps something we will never get to explore personally and that may sadden some of you not traumatized by Gravity. The American Museum of National History understands your pain, and would like you to come hear a lecture by Emily Rice and Christina Peace, as they show you images of space taken by the Hubble telescope.


03/21/14 12:00pm

After our most recent Untapped Cities exclusive tour of the Woolworth Building, where we went into the bowls of the famously off-limits building, we shared our top 10 favorite secrets including the infamous pool, the safety deposit vault in the basement, the gorgeous mezzanine, the water tank in the boiler room and the building’s connection to the Manhattan Project. We have just three tickets left to our next tour on April 12th at 1pm.

Untapped Cities will be offering readers the chance for intimate, hour-long tour of the normally off-limits Woolworth Building lobby 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 visit the basement level where the bank vault is located and where the former entrances to the subway are. Other locations, as seen on previous Untapped Cities tours, will be dependent on building access on the particular day. Untapped Cities works directly with the tour guides to provide additional access not necessarily available on regular tours of the building.

Following the tour, we will lead guests to an optional cocktail hour at the historic Fraunces Tavern.

03/17/14 12:00pm

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Here are our curated picks of events for this week:

Monday March 17th

Todd Selby is a photographer, illustrator, director and author. Before that he held jobs that Wes Anderson could only dream of thinking of first: Japanese clothing designer, researcher for the California strawberry industry, and a Costa Rican cartographer, just to name a few. His website The Selby started out in 2008, when he just posted photos of his friends in their homes, six years later, the site gets over 100,000 unique visitors a day. He has released two books since 2008, with his third Fashionably Selby releasing this month. In celebration Strand Bookstore is hosting an event at 7 PM where Slate columnist and fashion commentator Tom Doonan will speak with the author about the fashion as well as the people featured in his newest book. Do us a favor, if you go, ask him about the strawberry industry.


03/10/14 11:00am

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Daylight savings time is here, so that means more sunshine and hopefully warmer weather. Here are our picks for the 10 best upcoming events in NYC.

Monday, March 10th:

This winter has a been a tough one for everyone in NYC. With Spring finally showing some sign of getting here, it is time to forgive. The folks over at Outdoor Fest want to help get us out of the house with Mappy Hour a “happy hour for outdoor enthusiasts”.  The price for an event filled with people who appreciate the great outdoors is beer. A BYOB policy is in effect and is the only way to gain admission to this event happening at the Fjallraven store on 38 Grand Street in SoHo.

The comedy group Meatball Presents is counting on your love for the late King of Pop for their newest show featuring the work of Michael Jackson. The plot will make absolutely no sense and audience members will be called upon for non-singing and singing roles at random. It does sound weird, but when will be the next time you get on stage and sing Dirty Diana in front of a group of complete strangers? Tickets can be purchased here.


03/05/14 11:00am

Armory Arts Week

Armory Arts Week, which takes place March 5-10, began in 1994 as The Gramercy International Art Fair, named after its initial location in the Gramercy Park Hotel. In 1999, the name was changed to The Armory Show and moved to the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue. Since then it has become one of the most anticipated art events of the season. We are all familiar with the big shows: The Armory Show at the Piers, Volta NY, Scope, ADAA, which, by the way, donates all of its ticket proceeds to the Henry Street Settlement. Here at Untapped Cities, we’d like to suggest some Armory Arts Week events you might not have thought of.  (more…)