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Broadway and 42nd Street circa 1947 – Courtesy of MCNY

Photographs have the ability to capture the zeitgeist of an era and transport the viewer from the present to a completely different time. The Museum of the City of New York is hosting an exhibit called “Lost in Old New York.” The series of eight interactive black and white photos gives a glimpse into New York City in the 19th and 20th centuries. The exhibit also gives museum guests a special chance to win a year of free admission at the MCNY. To enter the visitors must take a selfie or ask someone to take their picture in front of the photographs and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #LostInOldNY. The museum will choose a winner every month from now until the exhibit closes on October 1st.

“Lost in Old New York” is a precursor to the museum’s first ever permanent exhibit “New York at Its Core,” a three-gallery exhibition that tells the story of New York’s 400-year history. “New York at Its Core” will open on November 18, 2016. Preview the pictures for “Lost in Old New York” below.

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In an old storefront on 165th Street in Jamaica, Queens, is an unobtrusive art exhibition in a sea of clothing stores and food carts. Passersby stand in front of the clear glass doors, while expressions of confusion and amusement cross their faces as they try to decipher the colorful installations within. Inside the four walls of the repurposed building is Jameco Exchange, a site-specific art exhibit that celebrates the rich history and diversity of Jamaica.

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Established in 1865, the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) has been stopping fires and saving lives for over 150 years. As New York’s Bravest, they serve more than 8 million residents within a 320 square meter radius across all five boroughs. Here are our top 10 secrets of the historic group.

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Lavish, eccentric, mysterious, and exclusive is what someone would call The Illuminati Ball. Recently, Untapped Cities had the opportunity to step into the secret world of one. The Illuminati Ball, a production created by playwright and director Cynthia von Buhler, was inspired by leaked photos from the infamous Surrealist Party hosted by the Baron and Baroness de Rothschild in 1972. A night of immersive theater, von Buhler describes the play as “a surreal, bourgeois dinner party filled with power struggles, morality tests, and anthropomorphic escapades.”  (more…)

Gould Memorial Library-Interior-Bronx Community College-NYC-2The interior of Gould Memorial Library, designed by Sanford White – Photo via Flickr/Timothy Vogel

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Looking for something fun to do next week? Untapped Cities has you covered with the top ten NYC events from June 27th to July 3rd. Enjoy tasting wine at the world’s first rooftop vineyard, celebrate an early Independence Day at the historic Richmond Town House and much more!

Monday, June 27th

Socrates Sculpture Park celebrates its 30th anniversary with the outdoor exhibition LandmarkThe outdoor museum and public park in Long Island City will  feature eight artists whose work represents both the physical and symbolic change in the landscape of the park. The exhibit is curated by ARTPORT and showcases the works of Abigail DeVille, Brendan Fernandez and Cary Leibowitz. Viewing is opened from 10 am to 8 pm and is free to the public. Look up directions to the park here.

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