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Will Ellis Dead Horse Bay-Brooklyn-NYC

Join photographer/urban explorer Will Ellis, author of Abandoned NYC and Untapped Cities columnist, 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 1920s landfill deposit, offering a fascinating look at what New Yorkers were throwing away a century ago.  Bring a bag for take home a few of the incredible artifacts you’re sure to stumble upon—there’s plenty of trash to go around.

Join us on March 21st as we escape into New York’s past, revisiting history with Abandoned NYC’s Will Ellis. He’ll be giving a historical introduction to the site, weaving in tales from his experience photographing for his book Abandoned NYC, and showing the best places to look for artifacts.

The tour will meet at Flatbush Av – Brooklyn College subway stop (exact location to be announced) at 1:45 pm to take the Q35 Bus together. See below for a video showing what you might see on our tour of Dead Horse Bay.


Check out more upcoming Untapped Cities tours and events here, including a book talk with Will Ellis on 2/25 at WeWork West Broadway.

Book talk with Abandoned NYC’s Will Ellis on February 4th and February 25th

Our picks for events in NYC this week include talks about the High Line, South Street Seaport, and cider at the Morris-Jumel Mansion.

Tuesday February 3rd

The 1928 Loew’s Kings Theatre in Flatbush, Brooklyn is finally restored to its former glory and is making its debut tonight with: “An evening with Diana Ross: Grand Opening Concert.” Doors will open at 8 pm for the first chance to see the concert hall gleaming with gold ornate ceilings and opulent chandeliers. Tickets are available for purchase online.

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In partnership with The Eternal Space, a play about an untold story of the destruction of Penn Station, we are hosting a special tour of the remnants of Penn Station with Tamara Agins, tour guide, project manager at NYC Department of City Planning, and author of our popular article on the Secrets of Grand Central and Justin Rivers, playwright of The Eternal Space. Get tickets here:

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Vera Lutter-Black and White Negatives-Gagosian Gallery-NYC

Our top 10 events picks for this snowy week including urban talks about The Rockaways, the NYC subway, Empire State Building as well as new exhibits at Flatiron and Gagosian.

Monday, January 26th

Check out the newly installed Snow Monsters (actually made of marble) in Flatiron plaza before the actual blizzard takes over.

Tuesday, January 27th

If these events aren’t cancelled by the snow…New York Transit Museum launches AfterHours program series with “Fix & Fortify: MTA Successes” featuring discussion between Ben Kabak, of Second Avenue Sagas and MTA Infrastructure and Facilities Officer John O’Grady.

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Pacman arriving2015 Idiotarod will take place on Saturday

Starting this week, thanks to Untapped Cities reader feedback, the weekly events column will now publish on Fridays for the upcoming week to help you pick out some of the most exciting events for the next week. This week, check out events celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr., the return of the Idiotarod, and many great NYC-oriented events.

Monday, January 19th

At the Apollo Theater with WNYC at 3pm, “Hear Our Voices, Count Our Votes: MLK’s March Continues,” Brian Lehrer of WNYC and Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC co-host this event with Congressman Charles Rangel, Dante Berry, the deputy director of Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, urban revitalization strategist Majora Carter, author Daryl Pinckney. RSVP closed but there will be a standby line in person.

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The Woolworth Building is one of New York City’s most famous off-limits landmarks. Though its Byzantine, cathedral-like interior of glass tesserae and marble is landmarked, security concerns after 9/11 rendered it closed to only those that worked in the skyscraper, once the tallest in the world.

Since 2013, we’ve worked with Woolworth Tours, a company founded by Helen Post Curry, the great-grand daughter of the building’s architect, Cass Gilbert to curate tours of the building lobby and basement level specifically tailored for our discerning readership here at Untapped Cities. Our January 17th tour is sold out, but there are still a few tickets left for the April 18th and May 16th tours.

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