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On a cold start to spring this past Saturday, over 20 explorers headed to an Untapped Cities tour of Dead Horse Bay in south Brooklyn with Will Ellis, author of Abandoned NYC to learn about the history of the area, as well as go antique hunting for bottles and other discarded materials. The landfill was in operation from the 1930s to 1940s, and as Will pointed out, even though the landfill was capped in 1953, erosion from each successive tide regularly eats away at the shoreline where you can see refuse waiting to be sifted out.

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New York City is not a city known for calm, although we’ve previously shared with you a guide on where to find quiet in the city, along with a map for solitude. And while there are certainly many temples in the city, offering their own form of refuge (as well as some fabulous basement canteens), there are also full-on monasteries in the city, each with a quirky history to tell.

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Continuing our special Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series in partnership with the NYCEDC following the series launch at the Brooklyn Kings Theatre, we’ll be taking 25 lucky Untapped Cities readers on a unique tour of the raw spaces of the Brooklyn Army Terminal on April 21st at 6pm, into areas not normally accessible to the public or for tours and untouched for 40 years, as well as the roof of the terminal. Previously used by the Army, the raw spaces feature speed limit signs from when jeeps drove around on upper floors the during WWII and leftover paintings from the military on the walls. The tour will be led by Dean Bodnar, Senior Vice President with the NYCEDC who oversees the Brooklyn Army Terminal. We will also visit some of the manufacturing tenants inside. Tickets are limited and the tour is already more than half sold out following our soft announcement yesterday.

THIS TOUR IS NOW SOLD OUT. Sign up for the waitlist:

 

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On Monday evening, 25 lucky Untapped Cities readers attended the launch of our Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series in partnership with the NYCEDC, in a tour of the Brooklyn Kings Theatre. Led by Matt Wolf, Executive Director of Kings Theatre, Christina DeRose, Senior Vice President at NYCEDC and Charley Macgrew, Director of Marketing at Kings Theatre, guests were given an insider perspective on the multi-year restoration. While walking through the space, we were struck by the number of lesser-known secrets of the theater, one of the opulent Loew’s Wonder Theatres.

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Located at 55 Pierrepont Street in the former Pierrepont Hotel

Located at 55 Pierrepont Street in the former Pierrepont Hotel

The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange began in 1854 as a way for talented women to sell their needlework and handcrafted goods anonymously. During the Civil War, Spanish American War and World War I, they also made warm garments for the soldiers as a way to supplement their income with their talents during hard financial times. We recently visited their oldest location in Brooklyn Heights today.

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When you Google Cafe Tibet, you may see that it seems to be located literally at the Cortelyou subway stop in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn  That’s because it is, and it perches off a building atop the exposed platform and tracks below. The whole restaurant seats just 14 people inside, but in warmer months an awning retracts and 8 guests can sit outside with a view to the Q train below.

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