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Bathtub Gin-Chelsea-Speakeasy-NYCImage via Bathtub Gin

On Sunday, October 19th we’ll be hosting a cocktail at the hidden speakeasy Bathtub Gin, located in the neighborhood that was once the Tenderloin in New York City’s west 20s. The Tenderloin was home to New York City’s brothels, dance clubs, and gambling houses. On this special event, historian David Freeland will first take us through a tour of the fascinating remains of the Tenderloin district and Tin Pan Alley, concluding with a cocktail at this period-inspired bar.

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The Public Theatre at Astor Place

October promises to be an exciting month for the New York City architecture world, as the festival Archtober begins October 1st. An initiative of The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation based at 536 Laguardia Place in SoHo, this event will give the public the unique opportunity to attend more than 150 architecture and design lectures, conferences, programs, and exhibitions happening at the Center for Architecture and collaborating institutions across the city.

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Brooklyn Army Terminal-Myths-Balconies-Atrium-NYCImage by Andrew Gustafson

Last week, we began our series on the myths of the Brooklyn Army Terminal, letting you know where Elvis set foot on the premises (not where you think!) and clarifying the “abandoned” status of the building. Today, we’re continuing with another myth. Join us for our next tour of the magnificent building on Sunday, October 26th with Turnstile Tours. Tickets here.

1. What is up with those crazy balconies?

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Donald Judd Studio-Anna Brown-Untapped CitiesDonald Judd’s Home and Studio, Image via Urban Omnibus 

Get your fill of art, fashion, and museums with our specially selected pick of this week’s best New York City events!

Monday, September 29th

Owning a quality work of art seems like a far off dream to many, especially in New York’s astronomically expensive fine art market. The Affordable Art Fair from Sept 26-29 seeks to bridge the divide between art appreciation and ownership, inviting “50 local and international galleries to exhibit a huge array of affordable contemporary art, with pieces by established names hanging alongside work by the emerging stars of tomorrow.” Monday is the last day of the event, so head to the Tunnel venue at 269 11th Avenue in Chelsea, the art gallery hub of New York City, between the hours of 11 am and 6 pm. Check out some of the artwork for sale here.

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The Brooklyn Army Terminal is one of the most imposing–and least understood–buildings on the South Brooklyn waterfront. Built in 1918-1919 to serve as the main supply depot for American forces fighting in Europe during World War I, the Terminal (or BAT as it’s known today) saw nearly five decades of service to the US military, and today it continues to serve as a hub for industrial development and job creation in New York City.

Turnstile Tours has been researching and offering public tours of BAT for just a little more than a year (join the Untapped Cities tour Sunday, Oct. 26!), and we thought we would share some of our knowledge about the site and dispel some of the myths and rumors that have swirled around it.
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The Woolworth Building is one of New York City’s most famous off-limits landmarks. Though its Byzantine, cathedral-like interior of glass tesserae and marble is landmarked, security concerns after 9/11 rendered it closed to only those that worked in the skyscraper, once the tallest in the world.

We’ve worked with Woolworth Tours, a company founded by Helen Post Curry, the great-grand daughter of the building’s architect, Cass Gilbert to curate tours of the building lobby and basement level specifically tailored for our discerning readership here at Untapped Cities. Our next tour, on October 9th, will be led by Lisa Renz. a preservationist and historian working directly with the archives of the Woolworth Building through the New York Historical Society.

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