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We’re excited to announce a new behind the scenes tour of the United Palace Theatre in Washington Heights, the last of the five Loew’s Wonder Theatres in the New York City metropolitan area. The opulent and stunning theater was opened in 1930 as the Loew’s 175th Street Theatre and stands today due to its conversion in 1969 into the church of Rev. Ike. At 3,400 hundred seats, the United Palace Theatre is Manhattan’s fourth largest theater, with more seats than the recently renovated and reopened Brooklyn Kings Theatre. The New York Times described the United Palace as a “delirious masterpiece,” a “feast” of ornamentation.

In 2012, Xavier Eikerenkotter, the son of Reverend Ike, created the United Palace of Cultural Arts, a non-profit dedicated to utilizing the theater as an arts and cultural center, including the restoration of United Palace to one of its original functions: as a movie theater. The Palace is host to a variety of great programming, including the upcoming Women of the Fox Film Festival, a collaboration with the Fort Lee Film Commission; Monster Movie Mashups with live musical performances and a Hip Hop Nutcracker.

Our October 11th tour, starting at 3pm, will be led by Mike Fitelson, Executive Director of the United Palace of Cultural Arts, who will share the backstory of the theater, its revitalization and its future while we visit the grand foyer, the theater, the mezzanine, the loge and a sneak peek inside the former men’s smoking lounge.

The tour tickets include entry to the October 11th screening of “Down Argentine Way,” as part of the “Women of the Fox Film Festival.” Down Argentine Way stars Betty Grable and Carmen Miranda, the latter in her first Hollywood picture, a love story set in Argentina.

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As New Yorkers return to the city after Labor Day, it may be hard to choose from all the great events launching in the city. Here are some highlights and bonuses for this week.

Monday, September 7th

It’s Labor Day, but it doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do. Head over to Plaza33, the new pedestrian plaza at Penn Station on 33rd Street to take in  the first day of live broadcasting of the US Open from 10am to 10pm. The broadcast will continue every day this week until the end of the tournament.

Tuesday, September 8th

At the Museum of the City of New York, author and model Beverly Johnson and Andre Leon Talley will talk about face, race, and power in New York’s fashion industry.


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Though the week before Labor Day is always a little quieter in terms of events, we’ve discovered there’s more than enough to keep you busy. Here are our top picks for the week:

Monday, August 31st

On this last day of August, the U.S. Open Tennis Championship kicks off. Use it as an opportunity to also explore the World’s Fair site and the latest renovations taking place on the New York State Pavilion.

Tuesday, September 1st

The Morbid Anatomy Museum is hosting the Death Cafe produced by London-based funeral planner Louise de Winter. Discuss all matters of death, dying, life and living in a safe and relaxed environment over a cup of coffee and a slice of cake. VICE will be on hand to document for an HBO documentary.


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We’re very excited to announce our next Behind the Scenes NYC tour in partnership with the NYCEDC where we’ll bring Untapped Cities readers into Harlem’s exciting development projects and incubators, including a special visit into the Corn Exchange Building redevelopment and its rooftop.

On this walking tour of East and West Harlem on October 1st at 6pm, guests will learn about the history of the neighborhood and observe first-hand the role of new incubator spaces and urban redevelopment projects on the present and future of Harlem.

Stop will include La Marqueta and the Hot Bread Kitchen Incubator, led by Nadia Munoz, NYCEDC’s project lead for the Marqueta and the Head of Operations at Hot Bread Kitchen, a tour of the Corn Exchange Building with Artimus Developers, and a tour of Harlem Biospace with Matthew Owens (Harlem Biospace Executive Director) and Christine Kovich (Harlem Biospace Co-Founder and head of HypotheKIDS).

As August comes to a close, the eclecticism of New York City events is still evident with a historical re-enactment, an urban planning potluck, and special museum events.

Monday, August 24th

Named in honor of the Whitney’s new address, 99 Gansevoort Street, 99 Objects is a series of in-gallery programs focusing on individual works of art from the Museum’s collection on view in America Is Hard to See.

Tuesday, August 25th

The Design Trust for Public Space will have its second Public Space Potluck this summer at Staten Island’s Pier 1 from 6-8pm, in front of the National Lighthouse Museum and a short walk from the Staten Island Ferry. RSVP to attend, and bring a dish to share.


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Ring in the end of summer with the return of Afro Punk Fest, city-wide deals on National Thrift Shop Day, yoga at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Battery Dance Festival, and  Time Out New York’s 2015 Battle Of The Burger.

Monday, August 17th

The Urban Park Rangers are hosting weekly obstacle-challenge Adventure Courses in Queens’ Alley Pond Park, for people of all ages and physical ability. The next outing takes place on August 23rd and registration opens August 17th.

The Museum of the City of New York presents Life Along the Curb: Inside the Department of Sanitation of New York, part of Garbage and the City: Two Centuries of Dirt, Debris, and Disposal.

It’s National Thrift Shop Day! Go out and find a deal using our guide of the 43 best vintage, consignment, and thrift shops in Manhattan.