freshkils park-NYC-Untapped CitiesFreshkills Park. Image via freshkillspark.org

August is upon us! Ring out the last few days of July with the return of Shakespeare in the Park, a march through the NYC Department of Records, National Cheesecake Day, and the Freshkills Park Discovery Day.


Broadway-Madison Square Park-Victory Arch-NYCYes, this is New York City!

On August 6th, Untapped Cities founder Michelle Young will give a talk on her recently released book Broadway at the Mid-Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library. At 6:30pm 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.

The Mid-Manhattan Library is located at 455 5th Avenue at 40th Street. Event begins at 6:30pm.

The Museum at Eldridge Street. Image by Peter Aaron

This upcoming Wednesday July 22nd is our special summer after hours event at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Starting at 8pm, the stunning sanctuary of the Eldridge Street Synagogue and the Museum at Eldridge Street will be opened for a wine reception for Untapped Cities guests. We’ll open with a 15 minute talk about the Lower East Side religious institution by Rachel Serkin, Family & Education Program Associate, at the Museum at Eldridge Street and then guests will be free to explore, mingle and imbibe. The Untapped Cities staff looks forward to seeing you at the event!

You’ll step into the footsteps of the synagogue’s immigrant founders who finally got to celebrate their religion gloriously and openly in the free land of America. Swap historical facts and quirky architectural detail over wine. Be on the lookout for the parts of unrestored lath and plaster in the building’s balcony which reveal how the building is put together, with brick, lath, plaster, even pieces of horse-hair, used to bind the plaster.

Tickets are still available for the wine reception, and are 25% off for Untapped Cities readers using discount code UNTAPPED.

celebrate brooklyn show bandshell-NYC-Untapped CitiesCelebrate Brooklyn! Image via bricartsmedia.org

With July closing out and the worst few weeks of a humid New York summer upcoming, cool off with a Central Park waterfight, Harlem food festivals, an indie music festival on Pier 84, and a preview of Mozart at the Lincoln Center.

Monday, July 20th

The Museum of the City of New York will be hosting ‘Is Preservation Elitist?‘ a panel discussion on the ethics and methods of preserving culturally significant areas of the city that delves into themes explored in the museum’s upcoming exhibit, ‘Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks.’

The Urban Park Rangers are hosting weekly obstacle-challenge Adventure Courses in Queens’ Alley Pond Park, for people of all ages and physical ability. The next outing takes place on July 26th and registration opens July 20th. (more…)

Staten Island New Stapleton Waterfront-NYCEDC-Behind the Scenes NYC Tour-Untapped Cities 2Rendering of New Stapleton Waterfront on Staten Island

On July 25th, we’ll be hosting our next tour in the Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series with the NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). Our previous visits have included special access into the Brooklyn Kings Theatre, the Brooklyn Army Terminal and the Hunts Point Produce Terminal in the Bronx, and we’re heading to another borough this month: Staten Island.

This in-depth tour will begin at the St. George Ferry Terminal, where NYCEDC’s Munro Johnson, Vice President of Development for Staten Island, will speak about the St. George Waterfront developments, then we’ll take the Staten Island Railroad two stops down to Stapleton. Among the stops in Stapleton will be the New Stapleton Waterfront development project with Ironstate Development, who will speak on the construction progress of the decommissioned U.S. Naval base, to be turned into a mixed-use development and public waterfront esplanade.


Woolworth Building Construction Site-NYCWoolworth Building under construction. Image via Library of Congress

The construction of the Woolworth Building, once one of the tallest buildings in the world, was such a feat that there is a wealth of vintage photographs documenting the building process. The Museum of the City of New York has so many images, it takes pages and pages to go through the construction photographs. While today, most admire the Woolworth Building for its neo-Gothic exterior built atop a steel frame, many of the technological marvels were hidden in multiple levels of basements.

Here, we’re sharing with you some of those impressive images and on August 12th, you can join our exclusive tour of the Woolworth Building which will take you down the three cellar levels of the landmarked building, as well as a guided walk through the stunning lobby. You’ll get a complete picture of the engineering feat and aesthetic masterpiece that the Woolworth Building is.