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 Sunday May 18th at 3pm, 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!
The Players Club will be transformed into an interactive theater piece this weekend
March is ending, April is beginning, but we hope it’ll actually be warm soon. Here are our curated events picks for this week:
Monday, March 31st
The people over at POGO Events want to make speed dating a little more interesting. Single folks can come to the The Brooklyn Strategist located on Court Street for Speed Dating with Board Games. There will be three games available to play (Scrabble, Pictionary and Charades) with each game lasting fifteenth minutes. So have your game face on—not too hard, you do want to impress—and come check out this fun event on Monday.
Award winning writer Gary Shteyngart is releasing his newest book, a memoir called Little Failure, about his immigrant experience in The United States, coming from Soviet Russia. He will be at The Tenement Museum on the LES discussing how he balances both worlds with Pulitzer Prize nominated author Suketu Mehta. (more…)
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.
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.
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.
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 Selbystarted 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.