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Read our top ten curated picks of events to check out this week. This week it’s all about jazz in the city, with jazz at the Morris Jumel Mansion, at St. Peter’s and the Jazz Age Lan Party on Governor’s Island. Also visit Green-Wood Cemetery for a summer reception, learn about family life on the Lower East Side and more:

Monday, August 11th:

Check out the Queer Book Diorama Show at the Jefferson Market Library NYPL branch, featuring dioramas of  notable LGBT books, presented by The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History and Lambda Literary Foundation.

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In 1964, a father and son were renovating a former speakeasy in the East Village into a theater when they came across two unopened safes in the basement. The speakeasy had been sold eagerly for a very cheap price and the entertainment business then was closely linked to mobsters. To touch their belongings meant death. Opening it with the former owner, $2 million dollars were found inside. What happened next has shaped the lives and the theater for the next sixty years.

Join us for a tour and cocktail at this former Prohibition speakeasy on Saturday, September 13th at 2 pm, which includes a guided walk through of the Museum of the American Gangster. You’ll see the original safes that were discovered, the former escape routes for the mafia, and more. There are only a few tickets left, so grab them now!

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Check out the top 10 events happening in New York City to start off the first complete week of August. This week, you can cook real Vietnamese food at the Vietnamese Street Food Workshop in Brooklyn, Stargaze with the Amateur Astronomers Club, and embark on an Art Deco Scavenger Hunt with Open House New York. (more…)

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The Cathedral of St. John the Divine sits like an uninvited guest from the times of sexist Knights and flying buttresses. Arguably the strangest building in New York City, we at Untapped absolutely adore it. So come and join us for a vertical tour of St. John the Divine and stand atop the unfinished yet still somehow the largest cathedral in the world.  (more…)

Tickets for our upcoming Untapped Cities tours are going fast. Our Edgar Allan Poe Greenwich Village tour is already sold out, but there are two tickets left for the August Woolworth Building tour (and more dates in October, November and December), plus new tours added of a real Prohibition Speakeasy and an adventurous Vertical Tour of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Read more about these tours and get tickets below:

Tour of the Woolworth Building Lobby and Cocktail Event – August 23rd at 12pm

Untapped Cities will be offering readers the chance for intimate, hour-long tour of the normally off-limits Woolworth Building lobby led by Lisa Swyers, a preservationist working directly with the archives of the Woolworth Building. In addition to a guided visit through the spectacular lobby, we will also visit the basement level where the bank vault is located and where the former entrances to the subway are. Other locations, as seen on previous Untapped Cities tours, will be dependent on building access on the particular day. Untapped Cities works directly with the tour guides to provide additional access not necessarily available on regular tours of the building. Following the tour, we will lead guests to an optional cocktail hour at the historic Fraunces Tavern. (more…)

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Here is your weekly curated events guide.

Monday, July 21st

Join Hella Bitter for a night of DIY Mixology at Story on 10th Avenue! From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., enjoy handcrafted cocktails from the Hella Bitter’s master mixologist and learn how to upgrade your gin and tonics with quality bitters at the same time. Click here for more information and to RSVP to this event.

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