Did you know there is a tennis court inside Grand Central? Or that the ceiling is backwards? Our popular “Secrets of Grand Central” tour is led by Tamara Agins from the New York City Department of City Planning. Tamara is also the author of our popular series on the secrets of Grand Central. Bonus: the tour ends with a stop inside the Campbell Apartments, the Gilded Age office and salon of tycoon John W. Campbell, now converted into a soaring hidden bar.

Join us for an upcoming tour, tickets are limited:

The story of Grand Central Terminal is that of New York City itself: the structure embodies the social, cultural, economic and technological evolution around it.  It is one of great men, feuding architects, ingenuity, rejuvenation, secrets and surprises.  On this tour, we will tell you these stories – about what once was, what could have been, and what can be; about the struggle to save and restore Grand Central as preserved icon of past, and of challenge to ensure that it serves New York’s future. We will show you what it was like in the booming age of the railroad, as a rundown embarrassment, and as a renovated jewel at the center of the city. Together, we will explore the interesting and unique spaces produced for and by it. Whether you pass through it every day on your morning commute or it’s your first time in the Beaux Arts beauty, you are sure to leave having learned, seen, or experienced something new and extraordinary.

Check out more Untapped Cities events here, including tours of the Remnants of Penn Station as well as an exploration down into the underbelly of the Woolworth Building.

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We’re honored to be a co-sponsor for the upcoming talk City on a Grid: How New York Became New York at the Museum of the City of New York on November 10th at 6:30pm. Untapped Cities readers get a special discount using code MCBC1 for $10 tickets (regularly $16).


Penn Station Demolition. Photo via NY Transit Museum

As we countdown to Halloween next Saturday, the week’s top 10 New York City event picks will offer a preview of what’s to come ranging from all-night horror movie fests to haunted tours to a Halloween bash in a hidden bar. You can check out our complete guide to New York’s off-the-beaten-path Halloween events here.

In addition, October 28th marks the 52nd anniversary of the demolition of Penn Station so be sure not to miss our upcoming Remnants of Penn Station tour on Sunday, October 25th. Tickets are still available, and you can use the coupon code EAGLES for a 10% discount.

Monday, October 26th

The Boroughs of the Dead will be hosting its Forgotten Dark Histories of Lower Manhattan. Here are the 7 most haunted spots we discovered when we went on this spooky tour.

Tuesday, October 27th

On the 111th anniversary of the opening of the New York City subway, learn about the one of its most key graphic works the subway map. The Cooper Union will be presenting the event, The Subway Map: The Last 50 Years, The Next 50 Years, with a group of historians and designers who will discuss the evolution of the subway map.  (more…)

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We have a few special surprises in store for our special demolition anniversary tour of the Remnants of Penn Station. In the year that we have hosted this popular tour, we keep uncovering more and more remnants, and you’ll find out the reason for that if you join us this Sunday at 2pm. One of the latest finds is an old track gate, from which bells used to be hung. This remnant of the original Pennsylvania Station has never been reported in previous coverage and we will be showing guests an example still extant this weekend, along with the many other remnants already on the tour. In addition, guests for the Sunday tour will receive a limited edition reproduction of the first ticket for the Long Island Railroad coming into Penn Station.

Also, until midnight 10/22 get a 10% discount on the tour using the coupon code EAGLES. Ticket options include tour only ($30 before discount) or tour + 20% discounted ticket to the play The Eternal Space opening next month ($75 before discount).

The Untapped Cities tour of the remnants of Penn Station is led by Justin Rivers playwright of The Eternal Space and Tamara Agins, licensed tour guide, project manager at NYC Department of City Planning. Weaving in never before published photographs from the play, the tour will also cover the past, present and future plans for the transportation hub, accompanying a hunt for the remaining pieces of the grand McKim, Mead & White station.

Next, read about where the 22 original eagles of Penn Station are today.

Penn Station-Demolition-Anniversary Tour-Untapped Cities-Pennsylvania Station-NYC-001Penn Station Demolition. Photo via NY Transit Museum

Our popular monthly tour of the Remnants of Penn Station has some special additions this month, as the anniversary of the demolition of Penn Station approaches. Our October 25th tour will feature some special bonuses for guests – including a showing of newly discovered, never before published photographs of Penn Station courtesy of the New York Transit Museum and a reproduction ticket for each guest of the first train that arrived into the Station.


Halloween is approaching and this week’s Untapped Events are sure to get you in the spirit of the holiday, especially with our 2015 off-the-beaten path guide to Halloween. And while not Halloween-related, we’re very excited for our upcoming Untapped Cities-exclusive tour of the normally off-limits Woolworth Building led by building architect Cass Gilbert’s great granddaughter, Helen Post Curry. Tickets can still be purchased for two upcoming dates:

Monday, October 19th

Whip out your fake blood and ripped clothing – it’s New York’s Zombie Crawl! The night of the living dead starts at Twins Pub on 421 9th Street and will then to the Museum of Sex for cocktails, and then Slake NYC for “live” music by punk bands, Jungle Junkies and the Nines and Bikini Carwash.

Tuesday, October 20th

Lovers of interior design should not miss out on the Museum of the City of New York’s discussion of the book Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York. Authors will be providing a behind the scenes look at some of the City’s little-known but fascinating landmarked interiors. They will provide an insider’s look at places like City Hall, the Tweed Courthouse, Loew’s Paradise Theaters, the Four Seasons Restaurant, and more.