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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.


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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.

Exploration of Dead Horse Bay with Abandoned NYC: Saturday, May 2nd 12:45 pm

Abandoned NYC_Will Ellis_Curbed-6-2Back 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.
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Art fairs, preservation talks at the New York Transit Museum and MoMA PS1, the Havana Film Festival, and a cash-mob event at Penn Books round out the Untapped events picks for the upcoming week:

Monday, March 23rd: The music of The Talking Heads, David Byrne at Carnegie Hall performed by artists like Steve Earle, Perry Farrell, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Bebel Gilberto, O.A.R., Rufus Wainwright, and house band the Roots in this all-star event. At 8pm.


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This week in New York City explore Dead Horse Bay with Abandoned NYC’s Will Ellis, tour the recently re-opened Brooklyn Kings Theatre and celebrate St. Patrick’s day watching an Irish improv show.

Monday, March 16th

Join Untapped Cities and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) in a Behind the Scenes NYC tour of Brooklyn Kings Theatre. The former Loew’s Kings Theatre re-opened earlier this year, with impressively ornate details, a decorative curved ceiling, wood paneling, pink marble and glazed terra-cotta. The tour will be led by Christina DeRose, Senior Vice President at NYCEDC who oversaw the project, and Matt Wolf, Executive Director of Kings Theatre. Although the tour is currently sold out, sign up for the wait list for an announcement for an added tour date. See more upcoming tours in the Behind the Scenes NYC tour series here.
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This week in New York City, check out a new exhibit about Mad Men, debate about subway etiquette, attend the 10th Annual Craft Beer Festival, and more!

Tuesday, March 10th

The MTA Transit Museum’s program From Spitting to Spreading: Subway Etiquette Then and Now will explore the MTA’s recent Courtesy Counts campaign, targeted at discourteous train behavior from grooming to littering. Along with a conversation with expert insiders, attendees will be given an up-close look at the original Subway Sun etiquette advertisements, dating back to the 1940s, from the Museum’s permanent collection. 6:30 pm at the MTA Transit Museum, $10.


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Come discover the history, architecture and the magical sanctuary of the landmarked Eldridge Street Synagogue, a beautiful house of worship built by Eastern European immigrants in America, in an After Hours Tour and Wine Reception run by the Museum at Eldridge Street. The tour will take place on 12th March, 2015 at 6:30 pm, and while it’s not an official Untapped Cities event, Untapped Cities readers can use code “ESAH” for a special 50% discount on tickets. Click here to buy tickets. The tour promises to lead attendees down secret architectural and historical paths in the Synagogue.