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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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Untapped Cities is welcoming the fall weather with our curated selection of events in New York City. From craft beer to cathedral tours, great films to desserts for dinner, we’ve got you covered for a delicious week.

Monday, September 22nd

Check out the latest in Venezuelan film at the Venezuelan Film Festival in New York, running from September 19 – 26 at Tribeca Cinemas. According to the press release, the festival will feature “14 feature-length films, across various genres and formats, from an eclectic mix of award-winning filmmakers and rising stars in Venezuela (with most filmmakers attending for post-panel Q&As and press interviews).” You can view the film program and buy tickets here.

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And here we present our curated picks for events in NYC, ranging from Oyster Week to Chashama’s tour of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal. Check them out!

Monday, September 15th:

DelicaSEAS was created to give seafood aficionados a sampling of the diversity of the more exotic seafoods and the different ways to prepare them. Oysters, caviar, crudo, conch, uni and more will be paired with wine or champagne at the food fest. DelicaSEAS is part of Oyster Week, which ends on 28th of September. (more…)

We’ve got an exciting batch of tours planned for this fall, with a great deal to explore in the great city of New York, including the escape routes for a former speakeasy, the epic Brooklyn Army Terminal, a vertical climb up the Cathedral of St John the Divine, a walking tour of the Tenderloin, New York City’s cradle of vice, and more dates for a tour of the Woolworth Building.

Speakeasy Tour & Cocktail at Museum of American Gangster – September 13th, 2pm (2 tickets left!)

Museum of American Gangster-Speakeasy-Safes-East Village-NYC Discover the secrets of a former speakeasy on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village, with access to mafia tunnel escape routes and artifacts, like one of two original safes that held enough money to buy the entire Lower East Side. The tour guide from the Museum of American Gangster will also give us a walkthrough of the museum that will conclude with a vintage cocktail at the bar of the theater 80 St. Marks, an area authentic to the original speakeasy.

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Join us and uncover the vestiges of The Tenderloin, also known as “Satan’s Circus” back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Picture classy men in top hats up to no good, for The Tenderloin was home to New York City’s brothels, dance clubs, and gambling houses. On October 19th, join us for a tour through the fascinating remains of The Tenderloin district and Tin Pan Alley with historian David Freeland. (more…)

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We’ve got an exciting addition to our Untapped Cities event series this fall! We’re partnering with Chashama to offer 4 lucky readers a chance to win a free tour of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park on Saturday, September 20th (details to enter below). The terminal is four million square feet of history, which dates back to the days of World War I.  It is also one of the most stunning architectural places in the city, open to the public only in the last few years.

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