america's cup-rendering-nyc-untapped citiesRendering of the upcoming race. Image via America’s Cup

On May 7th and 8th this year, America’s Cup will be coming to New York City. Known as the competition for the oldest international sports trophy, this event began in 1851 on the South Coast of England, and the last time it was in New York was in 1920. This two-day sailing event between six teams from around the world is one of the preliminary events calendared this year as a prelude to next year’s 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda. The center of the race will be held on the Hudson River, with the course running north from Battery Park to Pier25. Here are 8 places in New York and Jersey City you can enjoy the race from. (more…)

Did you know the world’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard is hidden within the Brooklyn Navy Yard? Untapped Cities will be bringing readers on a special wine tasting and tour at Rooftop Reds, led by one of its founders who will share their knowledge of winemaking.

Within the 14,800 square foot rooftop, you will see a unique urban planter system that is the first of its kind, developed with Cornell University and Finger Lakes industry leaders. As an added bonus: all guests will get 20% off purchases of Rooftop Reds wines. Get in on this experience early, as the first harvest will be taking place this October 2016. Take in an amazing view, lounge in a hammock, and sip on Rooftop Red wines in our tours which start in May, to continue through the year.

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In the next week, tour the Players Club on Gramercy Park on our special insiders tour

There’s a lot to discover in the upcoming week in New York City from events at the Players Club and TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport, to the annual walk around the Manhattan coastline. There will be talks on Brooklyn gentrification, Jane Jacobs, the new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, food for the dead, and temporary urban interventions.

Monday May 2nd

WNYC will be hosting an event to celebrate the culmination of the podcast on Brooklyn gentrification, There Goes the Neighborhood The Way Forward for Gentrified Brooklynwill take place at WNYC’s event venue The Greene Space, hosted by comedian Khalid Rahmaan and featuring guests who were interviewed for the podcast and along with other guests from various media publication. Starts at 6pm, tickets are $10. The event will also be livestreamed.

Tuesday, May 3rd

Join us in our Insiders Tour of the Players Club, a members-only theater club on Gramercy Park. Explore this historic, landmarked townhouse and hear from a docent of the club about its illustrious history, which include members from Mark Twain to Jimmy Fallon. A special treat: see a room frozen in time for over a 100 years, kept intact as the Players Club founder left it upon his death. Even if you can’t make May 3rd, we have dates in June and July as well.


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The warm weather is giving us lots of ideas here at Untapped Cities, especially for new tours and explorations. Whether you’ve joined us in the past or are new to our exploration community and looking for activities in New York City, we hope to see you in the coming months. All of our tours are also available as private tours, which you can request here.

Here’s what we have in store for May:


Illuminati Ball-Cynthia von Buhler-Rotchschild-Event-NYCThe Illuminati Ball

There are a lot of fun and exciting New York City events to attend this week, including a full-day of Washington Inauguration Events, a dance party inspired by Alice in Wonderland and our own Untapped Cities Tour of Past, Present and Future of the NYC Subway! (more…)

jungle-ized-times square-nyc-untapped citiesNegative function part of the experience. Image via Times Square Arts

Celebrate Earth Month in Times Square by participating in an interactive sonic visual art installation, called JUNGLE-IZED, a presentation by the Soundwalk Collective and David de Rothschild. As part of Midnight Moment, a monthly presentation by the Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts, each night from 11:57pm to midnight, the electronic billboards will show JUNGLE-IZED the video directed by Stephan Crasneanscki, revealing the hidden energy that exists in one the most biodiverse environments in the world, brining the animals, the air, the trees and the inhabitants of the Amazon to New York City.  (more…)