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If you’re like us, Valentine’s Day is a holiday to search for the lesser known New York City. The Untapped Cities team will be hitting up the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment plant for the annual Valentine’s Day tour of the digester eggs. But there are plenty of other alternative activities like a chocolate takedown, an undie run, special tours, and more:


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On the corner of 18th Street and 10th Avenue, diagonally across from a future entrance to the High Line sits five holdout buildings that harken back to an earlier era of the Meatpacking District. Brick buildings and warehouses dotted an area that was patrolled by “West Side Cowboys,” self-appointed safety vigilantes on horseback that prevented citizens from getting injured from street-level trains on 10th Avenue.


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New York City has an array of eclectic independent bookstores. Littered throughout the city, each has its own unique history and facts, but Argosy Books, not far from the original Rizzoli, holds the title of oldest bookstore in New York City. Located in midtown Manhattan, Argosy was founded in 1925 by Louis Cohen. Today, it’s in its third generation of family ownership continuing to sell antique maps and prints of the city, autographs, art, many out-of-print items along with an enormous array of books from all fields of interest. They specialize in what they say is “finding fantastic and unusual gifts for every fantastic and unusual person in your life.” (more…)

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To start off February, here are ten New York City events for people with all interests ranging from performances to forums and discussions. You’ll also be able to sleepover in the famed halls of notable explorers with Atlas Obscura or submit a creative proposal of your own to the New York Transit Museum. Other events include a comedy show, theater production, separate tributes to two notable artists, an opportunity to get free art, a photography exhibit, film screenings, and discussions about past and present social issues.