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Pulqueria—the hidden Mexican restaurant and speakeasy in the heart of Chinatown—was inspired by ancient Aztec culture and Mexico City’s street markets. It was the first bar in NYC to serve pulque, an alcoholic beverage made from agave leaves. You’ll find Pulqueria’s unmarked entrance in the winding, one-way inner alleys of Chinatown, if you don’t get lost first. Descend the unremarkable steps to the subterranean spot, and you’ll emerge in a dimly lit, atmospheric lounge.  (more…)

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Spring is here and that means the city is booming with events. Here is your handpicked list of cultural events this week.

Monday May 5th

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Get in the spirit at Empellón Taqueria. Both their East Village and West Village locations have a special 3 course dinner menu for $55 with unlimited wine, beer and margeritas.

Tuesday May 6th

Normally closed off to the public, Central Park’s magnificent Hallet Nature Sanctuary will be open from 1-3 pm for anyone waiting to take advantage to see what the Conservancy has done to restore this wildly overgrown piece of land in the middle of Central Park.  (more…)

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Here is your list of curated events happening in NYC this week.

Monday April 28th

NYC v. SF: At Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn, two artists rep their respective cities in two illustrated collections, in conversation with Maria Popova of Brain Pickings. Part of the Drawn Cities series.

Tuesday April 29th

The Skyscraper Museum hosts author James Sanders. who will host a discussion and book signing of his newest edition of Scenes of The City: Filmmaking in New YorkThe newest edition adds films and television from the last decade and includes behind the scenes photos from studio archives.

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We’ve been a longtime partner of the Woolworth Tours and in scouting missions for our exclusive Untapped Cities tours of the Woolworth Building, sometimes we get to access some cool spots we haven’t seen before. The Woolworth Building is one of those places where you can visit again and again, and always discover something you haven’t seen before. Frank Woolworth originally had two offices in the Woolworth Building, one which has been lost to time.

In fact, most of the office building floors have been completely redone with only the ornate elevator banks left from the original design. However, another one of his offices is now part of a full-floor office for a company in the building (which we won’t name so they don’t get a flurry of visitors). While the rest of the floor is completely renovated, this office has remained mostly in its original state. It’s quite an experience walking through a modern office and then entering a room with marble walls, wood paneled doors, a fireplace and a Woolworth’s hidden safe in the closet.

Join us on our next exclusive, one-hour tour of the Woolworth Building on Thursday July 17th at 7pm. We won’t be able to visit this spot specifically as it’s part of a private company now, but we’ll see some really great spots like a safe deposit vault, closed off entrances to subway stations, and the magnificent lobby, all of which are off-limits to the public.

See our other upcoming Untapped Cities events and read about the Top 10 Secrets of the Woolworth Building!

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Monday April 21st

A contemporary take on King Lear, William Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy at The Barrow Group Mainstage Theatre by Shrunken Shakespeare Company. Instead of a kingdom, Lear is the CEO of a powerful corporation. The cast is made up of veterans of the Broadway stage and television. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.

Tuesday April 22nd

Adult toy store Babeland is celebrating Earth Day. For interested parties, you can head to the Babeland store on Bergen Street to collect a free adult toy that is Solar Powered and promises to provide something (in their words, not ours) “Earth-shattering.”

The Poets House is showcasing the first career retrospective of poet and painter George Schneeman. An icon in the NYC underground art movement, his work has been celebrated as witty and pleasurable.  (more…)

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We’re excited to partner with Andrea Janes of Boroughs of the Dead for a walking tour on one of our favorite topics here in NYC. The tour, Murder, Scandal & Vice: Crime & Corruption in 19th Century New York will take place on June 14th at 7pm with a cocktail to follow (optional) at the hidden bar Pulqueria in Chinatown.

Life in 19th Century New York was filled with murder, corruption, crime, and vice of all flavors. This just under 2-hour historical walking tour examines some of old Gotham’s most brutal and infamous crimes, some still unsolved, all set against the backdrop of a bustling city that seethed with scandal. From the gangsters of the Five Points to the tragic women of McGurk’s Suicide Hall, we’ll explore the shadiest, tawdriest, and most notorious stories of old New York.

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