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12 hours, 32 miles, 1,235 people and an unforgettable experience of hiking the entire perimeter of Manhattan. It’s called The Great Saunter–an annual urban walk that meanders through some twenty waterfront parks and promenades, several historic communities and innumerable moments of surprise and wonder. 2015 marks the thirtieth year of this extreme city walking adventure and Untapped Cities jumped right in, to explore the shores of Manhattan with several other enthusiasts amidst the blossom of Spring earlier this month.

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In Long Island Sound, not far from the Bronx highlights like City Island and Hart Island, is one of the most unique bed and breakfasts in the New York City area. The hauntingly named Execution Rocks Lighthouse dates from 1849 has three bedrooms that go for $300 a night, all going to the non-profit that is maintaining the lighthouse. If that seems too steep, we’ll be offering a daytime exploration of the island on June 13th (tickets below) in support of the lighthouse renovation.

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It’s the week before Memorial Day, and an eclectic mix of events from supper clubs to new exhibits, to a Wikipedia edit-a-thon at the Guggenheim lead up to the re-opening of NYC’s public beaches.

Monday, May 18th

Award-winning community shared agriculture program, Local Roots NYC will be hosting its bi-monthly farm to table supper club. Monday’s dinner features the owner of Boerum Apparel, a sustainable clothing line that emphasizes on creating a transparent supply chain. The farm-to-table menu will feature a 3-course meal inspired by seasonal items, only $20. Two seatings, 6:30 and 8:30pm. Tickets here.

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Woolworth-Building-Mezzanine-Interior-Landmark-NYCTake a tour of the off-limits Woolworth Building

It’s an eclectic week of May 11th to May 17th with a Harlem food festival, preservation workshops and exhibitions, a video game festival, art fairs and more.

Monday May 11th

Ongoing: Saving Place: 50 Years of NYC Landmarks at the Museum of the City of New York

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Tuesday May 12th

One of our favorite quirky parks, Grounds for Sculpture, open is Spring/Summer exhibition seasonwith a new exhibition of five contemporary artists. Also in this park, you’ll find full-size, sculptural recreations of famous Impressionist paintings.

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New York City is all about design in our top picks for events from May 4th to May 10th, with the return of NYCxDesign festival and the Design by Hand series at the Cooper Hewitt museum. History buffs will enjoy our tour of authentic Prohibition speakeasy on May 9th, walking tour of East Harlem, or an interactive play at a hidden Times Square theater.

Ongoing: Saving Place: 50 Years of NYC Landmarks at the Museum of the City of New York

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Monday, May 4th

Take the second walking tour of East Harlem with historian and tour guide Justin Ferate with Historic District Council covering architectural treasures and cultural landmarks reflecting the El Barrio and Spanish Harlem’s history. This tour will end with a visit to the “Crack is Whack” mural by Keith Haring.

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Greenwich Village was a hotbed of literary talent and scandal, even in the 1840s, as the eminent writers and poets of the day gathered at literary salons for readings and gossip. Writer Edgar Allan Poe would become embroiled with certain poetesses of the day, who appeared interested in more than just literature. These putative romances quickly led to the rumors of immorality, instability, and madness that would dog Poe throughout the final days of his life, and well beyond his death, as spurned lovers sought their revenge. 

Join Untapped Cities and Boroughs of the Dead on Saturday, May 16th, 2015 for “The Poes’ Greenwich Village,” a special edition of our sold-out historical walking tour from last year that steps into the Greenwich Village of the 1840s, where Edgar and Virginia Poe lived and worked. This tour will interweave some of Poe’s most famous tales with Greenwich Village’s macabre secret histories, a tour that will delight fans of Poe’s literary grotesques, as well as New York City urbanites. Following the tour, optional cocktails will be held at the hidden bar, The Garrett. For a limited time, save 10% on the tour using the discount code POE.

On the anniversary of Edgar and Virginia Poe’s wedding, you will visit the site of three of Poes’ former homes, discover the places that inspired Poe, find out where he read “The Raven” for the first time in public, and learn of the scandals and triumphs he experienced while living in the Village –particularly the unfounded gossip of Edgar’s unprovable “love affairs” — all the while celebrating “a love that was more than love” on this fascinating, informative, and downright romantic walking tour.