Library Nomad Hotel-Library Book Bar-NYCAdd NewThe Library at the Nomad Hotel has two floors of books to drink with

There are plenty of pubs where literary legends have drunk, but we’ve tracked down the best bars with books in New York City, so you can endure the freezing weather with booze in one hand and a good read in the other. 


The Secrets of Grand Central Tour

04/18/2013 at 2:46 pm

Grand Central Centennial main concourse Untapped New York

Did you know there is a tennis court inside Grand Central? Or that the ceiling is backwards? Untapped Cities Events is hosting a “Secrets of Grand Central” tour led by Untapped Cities architecture writer and guide, Tamara Agins, author of our popular series on Grand Central. Bonus: the tour ends with a drink at the Campbell Apartments, the Gilded Age office and salon of tycoon John W. Campbell, now converted into a soaring hidden bar.

Join us on Sunday, May 12th at 2:30pm, only 20 tickets available:

The story of Grand Central Terminal is that of New York City itself: the structure embodies the social, cultural, economic and technological evolution around it.  It is one of great men, feuding architects, ingenuity, rejuvenation, secrets and surprises.  On this tour, we will tell you these stories — about what once was, what could have been, and what can be; about the struggle to save and restore Grand Central as preserved icon of past, and of challenge to ensure that it serves New York’s future. We will show you what it was like in the booming age of the railroad, as a rundown embarrassment, and as a renovated jewel at the center of the city. Together,  we will explore the interesting and unique spaces produced for and by it.  Whether you pass through it every day on your morning commute or it’s your first time in the Beaux Arts beauty, you are sure to leave having learned, seen, or experienced something new and extraordinary.

About Tamara Agins: A native New Yorker, Tamara Agins works for the Department of City Planning and gives tours for the Municipal Art Society. With a background in political ecology, she is engaged in issues of urban sustainability and climate resilience in the NY-Metro region. She is always up for an adventure.

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Grand Central Terminal-Aerial-View from Glass Walkways-NYCView of Grand Central Terminal from atop the glass walkways in the windows

Grand Central Terminal still stands as one of New York City’s most beloved landmarks, but its history is also a glorious story of creation, decline, and rebirth – much like the story of New York City itself. Originally built by Cornelius Vanderbilt, Grand Central Terminal opened on February 2nd, 1913 atop a previous version, Grand Central Station (also built by Vanderbilt for his New York Central Railroad). The station replaced an even earlier building, Grand Central Depot, built in 1881.

From the very beginning, Grand Central Terminal was intended to benefit both public and private interests – an arrangement that continues to this day. An extensive rehabilitation project in the 1990s restored Grand Central Terminal to its original glory, while the addition of retail and restaurants have made it a popular destination for both tourist and residents alike.

Despite its renown, Grand Central Terminal still holds many secrets and fun facts you may not know:


Untapped New York is a proud to be a partner of Let’s Go, with our shared vision for off-the-beaten path exploration in your own city and while traveling. To launch the collaboration, we curated a list of  our top “Untapped” places from our home base in New York City. These are all tried and true urban exploration sites that we’ve gone behind the scenes to cover on Untapped New York. How many have you been to? What others would you add to the list?

1.  The TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy Airport

Decommissioned in 2001 after the construction of the Jet Blue terminal, this cathedral to aviation by Eero Saarinen  fills you with the pride and optimism the aviation industry had in the 1960s. Preservation efforts have saved it from the wrecking ball and there are proposals to turn the TWA Flight Center into a hotel.