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Yesterday afternoon, two historic events occurred. First, the oldest known, unopened time capsule was opened with ceremonial pomp at the New York Historical Society. As we published about earlier, the bronze capsule was deposited by the Lower Wall Street Business Men’s Association in 1914 for an intended opening date of 1974, but it missed its date with destiny due to miscataloguing. Of most interest is that in the capsule there was believed to be a copy of a letter written in May 1774 at the Merchants’ Coffee House, believed to be the impetus for the united colonies and the American Revolution.


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Here’s what the Untapped staff is reading in the HQ today:

It’s the second season of The Blacklist and Reddington is already up to no good. We’ve been documenting the film locations so far, just like we did with Season 1 and decided to share them with you early in the season as you guys have been asking for them. We’ll be continuously updating this article with new content each week. As you know, The Blacklist is filmed in New York City, which stands in as Washington D.C., its suburbs, and all the international locations Red and the team go to. Last season, they didn’t do much to conceal the New York locations (Meatpacking as Belarus?) but this year you have to know New York City pretty well to recognize some of the locations. Without further ado:

Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park

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In the fourth episode, Dr. Linus Creel is targeting people with a genetic predisposition towards violence, based on research from a government brain-washing program. He hopes that by triggering a series of mass killings, the government will listen to his years of research. To do so, he pushes a patient to the limit, who takes his gun to an anti-gun rally he believes his online girlfriend is attending. Creel has made up the online girlfriend and confronts him and takes Keene hostage. A sniper hired by Reddington to protect Keene shoots the patient from the roof.

The rally takes place inside the atrium of the Brooklyn Museum and the shooting occurs just outside the back entrance, next to the parking lot. On the front side along Eastern Parkway is the modern, redesigned front entrance which the public is likely much more familiar with.


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The Bowery was a run-down no-go area 50 years ago, but is now largely gentrified, with $500-a-night hotels and expensive restaurants nestling around the New Museum. In their first ever interview, documentary-makers Alan Raymond and Dan Halas told how they were students at NYU when they wandered over to the Lower East Side road with a camera to ask its residents just one question: “How do you like the Bowery?” The filmmakers who shot the seminal 1960s documentary on alcoholics and vagrants, How Do You Like The Bowery? have revealed to Boo Paterson, an Untapped Cities writer, how it was originally panned, before being hailed as a classic.


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Gilsey House 

On Sunday, October 19th at 4pm we’ll be hosting a walking tour with historian and author David Freeland through the remnants of the area of Manhattan once known as The Tenderloin. This area, which turned into the northern part of Chelsea, was home to New York City’s red light district, its dance clubs and gambling houses. Following the tour, we’ll be hosting an optional cocktail at the hidden speakeasy Bathtub Gin. In preparation for the event, we’ve interviewed David about what we’ll see on the tour and what some of his favorite Untapped finds are in the city.

Tell us about what the Tenderloin was like in its hey day and why it’s such an important part of NYC’s history

The Tenderloin peaked from the 1870s to the years just before 1910.  By 1910, it was essentially over.  The Tenderloin really could not have existed at any other time, and in few other places, within New York history.  Why?  It developed specifically as a shadowy outgrowth of the luxury hotel industry, which blossomed along Broadway and the upper 20s during the last decades of the 19th century–beginning with the opening of Gilsey House (where we will start our tour) in 1871.  Money flowed into the area, thanks to the influx of wealthy businessmen from the provinces–who came to New York with money to spend, and who were always looking for “after-hours” recreational opportunities!


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Today, the Whitney Studio in Greenwich Village was named a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A birthplace of the Modern American Art movement  the Whitney Studio served as the studio and private salon for the sculptor and arts patron, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and as the first site of the Whitney Museum of Art. Whitney was the oldest daughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt, whom you may remember from his over-the-top French chateau mansion on Fifth Avenue and 57th Street.