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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.

Since 2013, 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 January 17th tour is sold out, but there are still a few tickets left for the February 19th and March 21st tours.

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Monday January 12th

New York City speakeasy, The Back Room, hosts its weekly Lucky’s Lounge Mondays, an evening of free live jazz from the Prohibition era featuring Svetlana and the Delancey Five. Swing dancers usually show up impromptu. Starts at 9pm.

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Welcome to 2015! Here are our top 10 event picks for NYC this week, including the launch of several art and film festivals, great NYC Parks department tours and a day to design your own Central Park.

Monday, January 5

The COIL Festival by P.S. 122 is back with its 10th iteration, celebrating the vitality of live performance.  Tonight, check out RoosElvis, where “the spirits of Elvis Presley and Theodore Roosevelt battle over the soul of Ann” and the daily “yawn” in Times Square at midnight.

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New Year’s Eve in New York City is one of those polarizing events for residents. Many will proclaim to hate it, which is why we’ve rounded up a list of alternative New Year’s Eve plans to ring in 2015 that are a step above the house party (which we also love, don’t get us wrong).

Manhattan

1. Capitale on the Bowery. In Stanford White’s 1893 Beaux Arts 40,000 square foot party wonderland, you’ll find two ballrooms, three VIP rooms, six hours of open bar, a full buffet, and a live DJ. Celebrate a glamorous New Year from 8 pm-3 am. 130 Bowery. $99.

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It’s the final week of the holiday season in New York City! We have selected our top events, including caroling in the East Village, a story-telling open mic at the Brooklyn Historical Society, and a lesson in “iPhoneography.”

Monday, December 22nd

The Brooklyn Historical Society will be hosting The Moth StorySLAM, an open mic storytelling competition. Stories will be inspired by the current exhibition He Said, She Said, a series of photographs of Brooklyn in the 1970s and 1980s by Lucille Fornasieri Gold, and the paintings they inspired decades later by Nell Panter.

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Somehow, we’ve arrived close to the end of 2014. In the week before Christmas, here are our top event picks to ring in the holiday cheer from a Bar Car Night at the Botanical Garden to a 5K fueled by hot chocolate and beer to a tour of the American Academy.

Monday, December 15

New York Adventure Club is headed uptown to the American Academy of Arts and Letters at Audubon Terrace. The free tour through the members’ rooms, portrait gallery, library, and current exhibition gallery. After, they’ll visit a local eatery for a quick bite to eat! See photos inside the Academy here.

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