Sunset Park Sims Recycling Facility-South Brooklyn Marine Terminal-Aerial_hi-res copyThe Sims recycling plant in Sunset Park was the first project to be awarded WEDG certification by the Waterfront Alliance. Photo via NYCEDC.

Untapped Cities is excited to offer an opportunity to discover the ins and outs of the innovative, sustainably designed Sims Municipal Recycling Facility on Thursday, November 19th at from 6 to 7:30 PM. Our tour will take you behind the scenes with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT), allowing you to see how this state-of-the-art facility, finished just two years ago, functions.


This week we’re very excited because not only are we co-sponsoring the Museum of the City of New York event, City on a Grid: How New York Became New Yorkbut also because the long-anticipated The Eternal Space, an Off-Broadway play about an untold story during the demolition of Penn Station, finally premieres.

This Month’s Featured Exhibit:

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Also check out Affordable Housing: A New York Legacy

Monday, November 9th

Closing day of Festival Albertine! If you haven’t already had the chance to visit, the 2nd Annual Festival Albertine is a celebration of Franco-American exchange and culture. The festival will be closing with film scholar Michael Cramer and Director Abderrahmane Sissako as they discuss Timbuktu, the director’s illustrious career, and cinema’s importance as a force for hope in a volatile world.  (more…)

Following up our summer cocktail party with the Museum at Eldridge Street, which featured a Secrets of the Lower East Side tour and after hours exploration of the stunning Eldridge Street synagogue, we’re partnering up with the organization again for the Untapped Cities holiday party. On Wednesday, December 9th, take a Secrets of the Eldridge Street Synagogue tour of the landmark sanctuary after hours and enjoy a wine reception.


Sunset Park Sims Municipal Recycling Facility-recycling facility-South Brooklyn Marine Terminal-NYCNYCEDC-003Sims Municipal Recycling Facility. Photo by NYCEDC.

On Thursday, November 19th at 6pm, join us for our new Untapped Cities Behind the Scenes NYC Tour with NYCEDC of the Sims Municipal Recycling Facility, is a state-of the-art, recycling facility located at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT). The facility is the result of a public-private partnership between New York City and Sims.

Completed in 2013 using sustainable design practices, the reactivated site processes all plastic, metal, and glass collected by the Department of Sanitation and helps traffic the City of New York’s recyclables while creating jobs for the local community. Eadaoin Quinn, Education Coordinator at Sims, and Patrick Thrasher, Assistant VP in NYCEDC‘s Asset Management Division, will take Untapped Cities behind the scenes of the recycling plant, which currently occupies 11 acres of SBMT. Join us for a 90-minute tour and get a first-hand look at the City’s recycling process. Tickets are limited.

Operated by Sims Municipal Recycling, the Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility is New York City’s principal recycling center receiving approximately 20,000 tons of residential metal, glass, plastic and paper every month. The facility features advanced sorting equipment, award-winning architectural design, interactive educational displays, a 600kW solar panel array and NYC’s first commercial-scale wind turbine.

The Untapped Cities Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series is produced in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to provide special access to some of the city’s most exciting development projects. The tours are led by NYCEDC experts who have spearheaded the redevelopment as well as the community partners for the projects, offering insider insight into the past, present and future of these sites.

Central-Park-Fall-UntappedCitiesCentral Park in Autumn. Photo via Flickr user Vivienne Gucwa

In your post-Halloween recovery and the end of Daylight Savings on November 1st, cheer up with some of our Untapped events for the upcoming week. We’ve got a few great outdoor events in Central Park that are sure to revive your love of autumn in the City.

Monday, November 2nd

Author and journalist Ada Calhoun will be discussing her book St. Marks is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest StreetAt the event she recounts the history of the street, traveling through its numerous artistic and political movements. The event will be presented by The Cooper Union at The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building.

New Amsterdam Presents will showcase Marvelous Order, an in-development opera about Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs at a fundraising event in Williamsburg that includes a VIP dinner, cocktails, performance of excerpts from the show and an after party.


Did you know there is a tennis court inside Grand Central? Or that the ceiling is backwards? Our popular “Secrets of Grand Central” tour is led by Tamara Agins from the New York City Department of City Planning. Tamara is also the author of our popular series on the secrets of Grand Central. Bonus: the tour ends with a stop inside the Campbell Apartments, the Gilded Age office and salon of tycoon John W. Campbell, now converted into a soaring hidden bar.

Join us for an upcoming tour, tickets are limited:

The story of Grand Central Terminal is that of New York City itself: the structure embodies the social, cultural, economic and technological evolution around it.  It is one of great men, feuding architects, ingenuity, rejuvenation, secrets and surprises.  On this tour, we will tell you these stories – about what once was, what could have been, and what can be; about the struggle to save and restore Grand Central as preserved icon of past, and of challenge to ensure that it serves New York’s future. We will show you what it was like in the booming age of the railroad, as a rundown embarrassment, and as a renovated jewel at the center of the city. Together, we will explore the interesting and unique spaces produced for and by it. Whether you pass through it every day on your morning commute or it’s your first time in the Beaux Arts beauty, you are sure to leave having learned, seen, or experienced something new and extraordinary.

Check out more Untapped Cities events here, including tours of the Remnants of Penn Station as well as an exploration down into the underbelly of the Woolworth Building.