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There are some exciting New York City events to attend this week, including a talk on how New York City is an urban designer’s perfect laboratory, and our walking tour of the the Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdaman events pick by the Netherlands Consulate Embassy of New York.

Monday, March 14

Head over to the Queens Library in Flushing for their event, Living Memory: The Culture and Heritage of Chinese New YorkersThe mission of this program is to preserve the stories, traditions, and cultural contributions of the Chinese community in New York and share them with the rest of the city. This inaugural event consists of two parts. The first part is an interview with renowned artist and Chinese immigrant, Zhang Hongtu. The second part is panel discussion with three celebrated Chinese-Americans.



There are some unique New York City events to attend this week, including a talk about the architectural history of Bedford-Stuyvesant, a “Sound of Silent Film Festival,” and our Untapped Cities tour of the Remnants of Penn Station.

Monday, March 7

Spend your evening at the City College of New York for an in-depth discussion and presentation regarding the activist James Baldwin. The event titled Baldwin’s America will involve a four part session involving several readings produced by Baldwin followed by a discussion with Black Studies Professor Gordon Thompson. The general theme of the event will surround the role and influence Baldwin had within his native Harlem and the rest of the globe, and the role his legacy played in the past as well as issues we face today.


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In anticipation of our upcoming Behind the Scenes NYC tour of the Brooklyn Army Terminal, we are pleased to share with you images from the newly renovated Annex Building, which was in a purely raw state on our tour last year. The Annex, previously the terminal’s administration building underwent a $15 million renovation to unveil 55,000 square feet of commercial and industrial space. Aimed at small and mid-sized businesses, the BAT Annex is connected to the main building by an enclosed walkway untouched for forty years, which remains in its original raw state.


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On our next Behind the Scenes NYC tour on March 23rd, Untapped Cities and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) will bring readers on a special early access tour of the Brooklyn Army Terminal’s newly renovated Annex Building (formerly the BAT Administration Building). The Annex now offers 55,000 square feet of commercial and industrial space, a space that was only beginning renovation on our insider tour last year with NYCEDC.

On this tour you will learn about the past, present and future of the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Guests will not only visit the new Annex, but also traverse an enclosed bridgeway that has lain untouched for 40 years, explore the roof of Building B, check out an area of Building A that is undergoing a $100 million/500,000 square foot renovation, and walk through the stunning atrium, the length of three football fields, where freight trains once pulled in to directly unload supplies. In addition, this visit will include stops at some of the manufacturing and art studios inside the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Beyond the building itself, you will also learn the role which the Brooklyn Army Terminal plays in the Sunset Park neighborhood.

As with all of our Behind the Scenes NYC tours in partnership with the NYCEDC, those leading the tour will not be tour guides, but experts directly involved in the spaces we visit. For this early access tour of the Brooklyn Army Terminal, we are thrilled to announce that Dana Frankel and Chun Leung will be leading this visit. Dana is the Senior Project Manager in charge of the redevelopment of the Brooklyn Army Terminal at the NYCEDC. Chun, also from NYCEDC, manages planning and leasing at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Dana and Chun are very knowledgeable about the Brooklyn Army Terminal and we are honored to have them walk us through the renovation and plans for its future.

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The tour begins at 6pm on Wednesday March 23rd, meeting location will be sent the week before the event. Tickets are limited for this tour. We hope you will join us on this early access tour and look forward to seeing you there!

Check out additional photographs from our tour last year:


Lowline Lab-Lower East Side-Dan Barasch-James Ramsey-Essex Street-2015-NYC_1There will be a coffee talk at the Lowline Lab this week

There are great New York City events to attend this week including a talk about the history of coffee at the Lowline, an event at the Skyscraper Museum on the preservation of the South Street Seaport, and a street art discussion at the Museum of the City of New York.

Monday, February 29

Community Works invites you to the Open House Reception for harlem is…DOWNTOWNits largest exhibition to date. The event will be held at the Federal Hall National Memorial on Wall Street. It traces the journey of Americans of African descent from the arrival of the first slave ships in Lower Manhattan in the 1600s to present-day Harlem and honors 75 icons and institutions in music, theater, dance and activism that have helped define Harlem throughout the world. The exhibition includes original works by Bryan Collier, from his best-selling book Uptown, historically-themed quilts by Michael Cummings, documentary photography by Ruth Morgan, the art of Donovan Nelson and Hubert Williams, and creative contributions of NYC schoolchildren.


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About a week ago, New York City celebrated the anniversary of a day long thought to be just an urban legend: an alligator in the sewer system. On February 10th, 1935, the New York Times reported that a live alligator had been pulled out of a manhole on East 123rd street by the Harlem River turning myth into reality (although sightings are still officially legend).

To celebrate the odd holiday and New York City’s sewer systems, Hunter College in Manhattan recently hosted a lecture sponsored by NYC H2O centered around Tibbetts Brook in the Bronx. One of these presentations was given by urban explorer Steve Duncan, known for his adventures and photographs of sewers around the world. Duncan, in an interview with the New York Times, reveals that the Tibbetts Brook sewer is “one of the most beautiful sewers [he’s] seen anywhere.” And of anyone, Duncan would be the expert on sewers – traversing the world to photograph them.