Yes, this is New York City!
We’ll be hosting a talk and book signing on May 26th to celebrate the launch of the new book Broadway by Untapped Cities founder Michelle Young at WeWork West Broadway. Beer on tap will be free, thanks to WeWork. Michelle will walk through the most surprising finds she came across from the collection nearly 200 vintage photographs published in this book about the history of Broadway as a street, tracing its evolution from the Native American era until today.
Get tickets below, which are free for this event, or purchase ticket plus an autographed book at a discounted rate (book to be picked up at the event). Read on for an excerpt of the book Broadway
From the opening of an exhibition about the Landmarks Law in New York City to a documentary screening about the World’s Fair Pavilion in Flushing Meadows, this week is jam packed with events for architecture buffs.
Monday at 5:30pm will be an exciting symposium to mark the new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks. Speaking at the event will be Michael Kimmelman, New York Times Architecture Critic; Vishaan Chakrabarti, AIA, Partner, SHoP Architects and Professor Columbia University; Steven Spinola, President, Real Estate Board of New York; Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Former President and CEO of the American Academy in Rome.
Introductory remarks will be given by Alicia Glen, NYC Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development; Meenakshi Srinivasan, Chair and Commissioner of the Landmarks Preservation Commission; Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York.
Although the physical event is sold out, there will be a live stream of the symposium on the Saving Place event page on Monday.
Cherry Blossoms at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
From a screening of Empire Records (can you believe it’s been 20 years?) to talks about food, Art Deco architecture and the future of cities, there’s a lot to see and do in New York City this week.
Monday, April 6th
At the Gallatin School NYU, Antanas Mockus the former mayor of Bogota, Columbia and professor will lead the talk “The Right to Have Rights: Citizenship Culture and the Future of Cities” about how to get citizens to work together to devise and apply solutions to urban problems. Free, RSVP here.
Image via Wikimedia
Marry in May, rue the day? When Edgar Allan Poe wed his thirteen-year-old cousin Virginia Clemm on May 16th, 1836, he had little way of knowing what fodder he’d given the future gossip mongers of his day–and ours! From remarks about her tender age, their family ties, their lack of children, and his supposed affairs, the rumor mill would be busy turning for hundreds of years to come. But what about the real story?
Join Untapped Cities and Boroughs of the Dead on Saturday, May 16th, 2015 for “The Poe’s Greenwich Village,” a special edition of our 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, all the while constantly striving to answer the question of what life was like for the Poes in mid-19th century New York, and sorting out the myths from the facts regarding their relationship and married life.
You will visit the site of three of their 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.
This week, in addition to New York City’s celebration of International Pillow Fight Day, take in talks about Art Deco Architecture and steamboats on the Hudson River, historical exhibits and a crowdsourced performance evening at the New York Transit Museum.
Monday, March 30th
The Art Deco Society of New York presents Boak & Paris: New York Architects in an illustrated talk by Annice Alt. The talk will be about New York architects, Boak & Paris whose landmarked Metro Theater and residential buildings brought creative design to city dwellers in the 1930s. New York School of Interior Design; 170 East 70th Street.
While spring has not quite sprung, we’re planning ahead with some great walking tours for May, in partnership with Abandoned NYC, Boroughs of the Dead and Oscar Wilde Tours.
Back by popular demand, join photographer/urban explorer Will Ellis on a walk through the weird side of New York history at Brooklyn’s Dead Horse Bay. Tales of buried pirate treasure, putrefied animal carcasses, and environmental devastation abound on this desolate shoreline, which once served as the final destination for the city’s carriage horses. Today this beach-comber’s paradise is covered with garbage dating back to a 1930s landfill deposit, offering a fascinating look at what New Yorkers were throwing away a century ago. Bring a bag to take home a few of the incredible artifacts you’re sure to stumble upon – there’s plenty to go around.