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.
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 next tour, on October 9th, will be led by Lisa Renz. a preservationist and historian working directly with the archives of the Woolworth Building through the New York Historical Society.
Untapped Cities is welcoming the fall weather with our curated selection of events in New York City. From craft beer to cathedral tours, great films to desserts for dinner, we’ve got you covered for a delicious week.
Check out the latest in Venezuelan film at the Venezuelan Film Festival in New York, running from September 19 – 26 at Tribeca Cinemas. According to the press release, the festival will feature “14 feature-length films, across various genres and formats, from an eclectic mix of award-winning filmmakers and rising stars in Venezuela (with most filmmakers attending for post-panel Q&As and press interviews).” You can view the film program and buy tickets here.
By the time New Amsterdam was founded in 1664, sundials had been around for millennia. More than that, they’d been replaced by clocks and were antiquated time-keeping objects. Nonetheless, sundials continued to persist and can be found all over New York City. While a few them are in working order, the sundials are remarkable for their historical range, with pieces constructed anywhere from the late 17th century to the present day. These 10 NYC sundials range widely in style and age, creating a mosaic of artistic periods. These unexpected sightings in New York City can be easily mistaken for just art pieces, so when you’re walking around keep an open eye.
It’s not surprising that many photographs submitted by our readers feature New York City’s skyscrapers, the icons of the city’s skyline.
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Get to know Untapped contributor and founder of the New York Adventure Club, Corey Schneider. Corey has covered the Brooklyn Army Terminal, and most recently he wrote about the historic Prince George Hotel.
What’s your “day job”?
Ever since graduating from American University over three years ago, I have been working at Time, Inc. as a consumer marketer for TIME, Fortune, and Money Magazine. What does that mean you ask? In a nutshell, our department develops national marketing campaigns to get new subscribers and retain existing ones.
My other side-project turned side-job is running New York Adventure Club, a community I started a couple months ago that arranges unique, private, and exclusive weekly tours at lesser-known treasures around the city for the local urban-exploration community. After each event, there’s always a social gathering of some sort (park, eatery, bar, etc) to bring the community together and make it easy for like-minded people living in this overwhelming hometown to meet one another.
Inside the Players Club in Gramercy Park
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