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Our top picks this week include a variety of nerdy events – from Comic Con to a robot orchestra to Star Trek star George Takei’s new play. Plus, OHNY Weekend tickets go on sale!

Monday, October 5th

If you’re a fan of folk music, the Museum of the City of New York will be hosting Paul Stookey’s first solo concert in New York City in over 40 years. Stookey, formerly “Paul” from is Peter, Paul, and Mary, was instrumental in the 1960s revival of American folk music.

The Center of Architecture will be continuing its pop-up event Layered NYC: Five Boroughs in Depth, presented as part of the Seaport Culture District. The exhibit explores the current state of New York City’s waterfront and its relation to the city’s history.


The Corn Exchange Building, Harlem

Our picks of New York’s urbanist events for next week include our Harlem History Walking Tour, the discussion of Gateway to Freedom: Hidden History of the Underground Railroad, and the kickoff to the Meat Packing District’s Open Market festival.

Monday, September 28th

Love the history of bridges? Come see Dr. Dave Frieder, an Untapped Cities contributor and bridge climbing extraordinaire, give a presentation of NYC’s bridge at the Old Tappan Public Library.

Freeman’s, a new literary journal, will be launched at The New School. The first issue will include pieces by Haruki Murakami, Louise Erdrich, David Mitchell, and Lydia Davis. Performances and readings by Colum McCann, Ann Carson, Laura van den Berg, and more.


Tickets have gone on sale for The Eternal Space, the long-anticipated Off-Broadway play about an untold story during the demolition of the original Pennsylvania Station. We’ve been partnering with The Eternal Space for the last year on our exclusive tour of the Remnants of Penn Station, and we’re excited to announce that our October 25th and December 6th tours will include the option to combine tour and ticket to The Eternal Space, at a 20% discount for the play. Guests will be able to select a date of their choice to see the play during its run at The Lion Theatre on Theatre Row between November 14th and December 6th).

About the Remnants of Penn Station tour:

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 and a stop at the future Moynihan Station, now the James A. Farley Post Office.

The December 6th tour will mark the final show of The Eternal Space in New York City. For those purchasing combination tour + play tickets, once an order is received, The Eternal Space will reach out to directly to issue guests tickets for the play on a date of their choice:


Untapped Cities is excited to co-sponsor the Museum of the City of New York discussion of the new book, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad by historians Eric Foner and Martha Hodes. On September 30th, join these leading experts as they bring to life New York City’s little-known role within the underground railroad system between 1830 and 1860. As discussed previously in coverage of known Underground Railroad stops in New York City, New York had a community of progressive citizens who helped fugitive slaves escape, and whose network of safe houses stretched throughout the city.


Untapped Cities is excited to offer this new, Untapped Cities-exclusive tour of the normally off-limits Woolworth Building led by building architect Cass Gilbert’s great granddaughter, Helen Post Curry, who runs the Woolworth Building tours. In addition to a guided visit through the spectacular lobby, we will also visit the cellar level where the bank vault is located and where the former entrances to the subway are, and provide special access to the gorgeous mezzanine level. 

Cass Gilbert was Curry’s paternal great grandfather and she began running tours in the Woolworth Building on the 100th anniversary of the landmark. As Curry says herself, “there are so many behind-the-scenes “secrets” about the Woolworth Building” and we’re excited to share them with you on this special, insiders tour.

Next, read about the Top 10 Secrets of the Woolworth Building.

Our picks for New York City’s urbanist events for next week include a mass meditation on a boat, screening of Dog Day Afternoon, and the return of the Transit Museum Bus Festival.

Monday, September 21st

If you haven’t been in on one of popular Silent Disco events, don’t miss the next Big Quiet which will take place on a boat. This group meditation event will be on a Horatio Hornblower cruise, transformed into a three-story Bedouin lounge.

Wednesday, September 23rd

At Industry City Gallery, the Vertical Urban Factory exhibit will host a conversation about urban industrial space.