This Saturday, March 16: Join Untapped Cities and No Longer Empty for an evening of food and entertainment celebrating the closing of “How Much Do I Owe You?”, a site-specific art installation housed in the abandoned Bank of Manhattan in Long Island City. No Longer Empty is a non-profit arts organization that sponsors public art exhibits in empty storefronts in New York City. The No Longer Empty Dinner is a chance for Untapped Readers to experience curated local cuisine and meaningful art in an extraordinary setting. Seating is limited to 30, and the dinner is almost sold out. Tickets available here.

The evening will kick off with cocktails in the Clock Tower, followed by a tour of the “How Much Do I Owe You?” exhibition. Next, guests will enjoy a five-course seated dinner by Chef Will Griffin. The night will conclude with a special performance by Korean artist Hayoon-Jay Lee.
The No Longer Empty Dinner is organized in collaboration by No Longer Empty, Untapped Cities and Local Roots NYC.

The dinner menu is inspired by the era of big banks and robber barons, whose personal chefs and those in their favored restaurants were often imported from Europe. This Saturday’s dinner will include:

  • Oysters, horseradish, red wine vinegar
  • Steak tartare, trout roe, radishes, toast
  • Broccoli soup, cloth-bound cheddar
  • Orecchiete, cuttlefish ink, egg, scallions
  • Goat’s milk yogurt panna cotta, Meyer lemon

The No Longer Empty Dinner will take place on Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. The event is located in the Clock Tower at 29-27 41st Avenue, in Queens, NY. Tickets cost $125 and can be purchased here.

Invite-Fundraiser Dinner

Untapped Cities is a proud media sponsor of No Longer Empty’s latest exhibition “How Much Do I Owe You?” at the abandoned Bank of Manhattan in Long Island City. We are so excited about this week’s event that we met with Shaun “El C” Leonardo, the artist responsible for  the Tiki Tiki Club party happening this Friday night at The Clock Tower in Queens to ask him a few questions about the performance art.

Spanish Tiki Flyer

As an official part of No Longer Empty, Leonardo was asked to create a performance art piece/event that revolves around the concept of transactions. For Leonardo, whose other work explores the hyper-masculine standards set forth by his own Dominican-Guatemalan heritage, this artistic prompt offers an exciting chance to explore the culture of the Queens mesera or finchera clubs, an increasingly popular nightclub phenomenon in which men pay hired women $2 to dance with them for the length of a song. This transaction, which stems from practices common to the Mexican and Central American nightlife scenes, is less about sex (the women are fully clothed, and they do not strip) and more about companionship. (more…)

Hell's Kitchen Rooftop Farm by Rob Stevenson

Hell’s Kitchen Rooftop Farm by Rob Stephenson

Our curated events picks for this week: Restaurant Week, The Future of Staten Island at MCNY, Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg, and exclusive Untapped New York + No Longer Empty Tour.

MONDAY, JANUARY 14:  Restaurant Week  (or rather, 3 weeks) starts today and lasts until February 8. This is your chance to try all those expensive restaurants you can’t normally afford with a 3 course lunch for $25 or dinner for $38. Check out the list of participating restaurants here  and make reservations before they all book up!

Also on Monday: Book talk: Grand Central’s Engineer: William J. Wilgus and the Planning of Modern Manhattan. In the centennial year of New York’s great Grand Central Terminal, we celebrate the chief engineer of the New York Central Railroad, William J. Wilgus. Few people have had as profound an impact on the history of New York City. Professor Kurt C. Schlicting will discuss the remarkable career of this innovator, revealing how his tireless work moving people and goods over and under Manhattan Island and its surrounding waterways forever changed New York’s bustling transportation system. 6:30-8pm at  The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place. FREE, RSVP to programs@skyscraper.org or call (212)945-6324.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15:   The future of Staten Island’s waterfront now stands at the center of public attention in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy. Join us for a panel of experts who will examine crucial post-Sandy questions: What has been the impact of past land-use decisions on the Island, such as paving over wetlands and failing to invest in storm-securing infrastructure? How important is it that low-lying areas be redeveloped, and should they be redeveloped at all? Mary Rowe, Vice President, Managing Director for the Municipal Art Society of New York, will moderate. 6:30pm at Museum of the City of New York, 1220 5th Avenue. $6 Museum members; $8 seniors and students; $12 general public. Buy tickets here.

Also on Tuesday: Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg. Beat Memories presents an in-depth look at the Beat Generation as seen through the lens of Allen Ginsberg (1926—1997). Although well known for his poetry, Ginsberg was also an avid photographer, capturing the people and places around him in spontaneous, often intimate snapshots. His black-and-white photographs include portraits of William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, Gregory Corso, Jack Kerouac, and others, along with self-portraits. The images not only are revealing portrayals of celebrated personalities, but also convey the unique lifestyle and spirit of the Beats. Grey Art Gallery, NYU, 100 Washington Square East.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16: From Roof to Table, a solo exhibition by 2012 Camera Club NY Darkroom Resident Rob Stephenson, presents a portrait of the varied ways that New Yorkers have adapted their high-density urban environment to growing food. This exhibition marks the first of four solo exhibitions from the recipients of the 2012 CCNY Darkroom Residency Program. 12-6pm at The Camera Club of NY, 336 West 37th Street, Suite 206. FREE.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 17: Join Trivia Masters Stuart Post and Chris Kelley for the first-ever underground trivia battle! Maximize your brain power on teams of 2 to 6 people — form your team ahead of time, or come down and meet new straphangers! Don’t worry if you can’t tell an R-9 from an Arnine, this trivia includes transit in pop culture, history, music and more. 7-9pm at the New York Transit Museum, Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn. $10 Museum members; $15 general public; includes one drink courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18: Shoppers rarely consider a fragrance’s olfactory evolution””the science behind the smell””despite the level of skill involved in its development. But in conjunction with the exhibition The Art of Scent 1889—2012, the Museum of Arts and Design offers the public the chance to trace the construction of Spicebomb, a cologne from Viktor&Rolf (whose very memorable bottle is shaped like a grenade). The cologne was developed by perfumer Olivier Polge, who has also designed scents for Balenciaga, Dior Homme and Burberry. 7:30pm at the Theater at MAD, 2 Columbus Circle. $10 members & students; $15 general admission. Buy tickets here. The museum also features pay-what-you-wish at 6-9pm on Fridays.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19: We are offering an exclusive tour led by No Longer Empty and Untapped New York to a select number of lucky readers to the abandoned  Bank of Manhattan  in the Clock Tower during the exhibition “How Much Do I Owe You?“. No Longer Empty’s Lucy Lydon will be walking us through the exhibition’s art installations and the history of the bank. Become a fan of Untapped Cities on our social media platforms to get extra chances to win. 11 am at the Clock Tower, 29-27 41st Avenue, Long Island City, Queens. Register here.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20:  Last chance to catch the Under the Radar Festival. This annual festival, produced by The Public Theater, offers up a variety of new theater from the United States and around the world. With a lineup that includes emerging talents and masters in the field, Under the Radar offers a crash course in exciting, independent and experimental theater, created by some of the most dynamic artists working today. This year’s program features Hamlet, Prince of Grief, which uses household objects and children’s toys to retell the story of the neurotic prince, and Ganesh Versus the Third Reich, which imagines the Hindu deity on a quest to reclaim the meaning of the swastika from Nazi Germany. Times vary; The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street. Check out the full program here.

Our curated events picks for this week: Latke sizzle at 92Y, ‘How Much Do I Owe You?’ opening by No Longer Empty, Building to Impress: NY skyscrapers lecture at NYPL, MAS Chinatown tour and more.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 10: Menorah Lighting in Gramercy Park. Celebrate Hanukkah with the Brotherhood Synagogue with traditional songs. Refreshments will follow in the Community Room. 5:30pm at Gramercy Park. FREE.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11:  92Y presents Latke Sizzle. Celebrate the fourth night of Hanukkah with culinary expert and “Top Chef” judge, Gail Simmons, as she shares her personal connection with Jewish cooking through a conversation with James Beard Foundation’s Mitchell Davis and a cooking demonstration of our favorite sizzling holiday treat. Then, indulge your inner foodie with international samplings of latkes paired with tasty vodkas. Gail will be signing copies of her new memoir Talking With My Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater. 8:15pm at Buttenweiser Hall, Lexington Ave. at 92nd Street. $29. Buy tickets here.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12:  How Much Do I Owe You?‘ by No Longer Empty opening party.  For this exhibit,  No Longer Empty  commissioned 26 artists from 15 countries to create site-specific artwork in  a “personal and conversational exploration into the new iterations of currency, value and exchange at this time of financial flux, growing debt and job insecurity.” See our exclusive photos of the abandoned Manhattan Bank and read our preview of the exhibition. 7-9pm at The Clock Tower, 29-27 41st Avenue, Long Island City, Queens. FREE.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13: Building to Impress: New York Skyscrapers and the People who Commissioned Them – Seth Gopin at NYPL. The development of the skyscraper is an American story. Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centures, these great edifices have defined both New York City and American architecture. Less often discussed are the patrons and architects of these great buildings. This lecture explores the story of the fascinating people who were the forces behind nine iconic New York buildings – Flatiron, Metropolitan Life, Woolworth, Chrysler, Empire State, Seagram’s, AT&T, Conde Nast, and Hearst buildings. It is a fascinating tale of corporate America and people with great egos and immense power and wealth, as well as architects concerned with beauty and cutting-edge technology. 1:15-2:30pm at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Auditorium, 42nd Street & 5th Ave. FREE.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14:  The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America  presents  Così Faran Tutti  (or They’ll All Do It), the world premier of a new opera by  Jonathan Dawe.  Seductive sisters, brazen soldiers, a meddling maid, and a self-proclaimed master of the science of love provide the power play of COSÃŒ FARAN TUTTI ~ or They’ll All Do It! What really happened in the days leading up to Mozart’s and da Ponte’s  Così fan tutte? What yearnings, what disguises, and what passions?  With hilarious twists and sexy turns, Jonathan Dawe’s new opera premieres at The Italian Academy, December 2012 and celebrates multiple permutations of love by pulling the covers off the seemingly random combinations of desire to which all are subject. Dec. 13, 14 & 15. 8pm at The Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Ave. (at 118th Street). $40 / $20 for students. Buy tickets  here.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15: The Skint Presents: The Winterland Romp. Call it Christmas in a New Orleans cathouse, circa 1932. Because you’ve been very, very good this year, we’re stuffing your stockings to bursting at the Winterland Romp at Littlefield on December 15th at 8pm. Dance to sweaty old jazz from cult favorites The Hot Sardines, coo at the sugarplums of burlesque performers, and pay into your last truly epic hangover of 2012 with our holiday punch drink special. Then pop by the Winterland photo booth to capture your twinkling eyes, merry dimples, rosy cheeks and cherry nose that would make Saint Nick proud. 8pm-1am at Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn. $15 in advance / $18 day of. Buy tickets here.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16: DEC. 15th and 16th the top pastry chefs of NYC will show their support for DUMBO’s Almondine Bakery by offering their delicious goodies during a two-day pop-up at the bakery’s location! The neighborhood’s favorite bakery has not re-opened since Hurricane Sandy. All the funds from the pop-up will go straight to rebuilding Almondine. So come out and do your part – eat some treats! All day at Almondine Bakery, 85 Water Street, Brooklyn. Prices range.

Also on Sunday: MAS tour of Chinatown: Culture & Change. Uncover the history of one of New York City’s oldest, most bustling neighborhoods with educator and guide Michael Robison of the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA). Visit sites like Heinrich Doyer’s brewery from the 1700’s, the once hip locale of Collect Park Pond, a Chinese eatery that catered to the needs of Chinatown’s turn-of-the-century “bachelor society,” the oldest existing row house in Manhattan, and much more. See for your own eyes how Chinatown has transformed from its origins as the Native American village of Werpoes Hill in 1600 to one of the fastest growing immigrant communities in New York City. 1pm. Meeting location provided at tickets are purchased. $20 / $15 members. Buy tickets here.

Untapped New York is proud to serve as the media sponsor for No Longer Empty’s latest exhibition, “How Much Do I Owe You?” which opens in the former Bank of Manhattan Building in Long Island City on December 12th. The 14-story building will open its doors for the first time in 25 years for this 3-month curation.

For this exhibit, No Longer Empty commissioned 26 artists from 15 countries to create site-specific artwork in  a “personal and conversational exploration into the new iterations of currency, value and exchange at this time of financial flux, growing debt and job insecurity.”

No Longer Empty aims to  widen the public engagement for contemporary art, to promote the work of imaginative and socially-conscious artists, and to demonstrate the capacity of art to revitalize communities. Most importantly, the site and the neighborhood play a formulative role in each of their exhibits. Not surprisingly, executive director Naomi Hersson-Ringskog holds a masters in urban planning from Columbia University, and the No Longer Empty team comes from diverse backgrounds in architecture, fine art curation, art history and social work.

Click on the slideshow for a look into the Bank of Manhattan building and stay tuned for special previews of events on Untapped New York.

Artists in “How Much Do I Owe You?:  Artefacting, Anna Prvacki, Alberto Borea, Caroline Woolard, Chris Jordan, Coleen Ford, Erika Harrsch, Ghost of a Dream, Guerra de la Paz,   Jennifer Dalton, Hayoon-Jay Lee, Keiko Miyamori, Leonidas Martin, Nicky Enright,  F.R.E.E. (Fundred Reserve Even Exchange) LIC Branch Bank of America-Draw Deposit Display Station,  Orit Ben-Shitrit, Pablo Helguera, Paulette Phillips, Sal Randolph, Sean Slemon, Shaun Leonardo, Susan Hamburger, Theodoros Stamatogiannis, Susanne Bosch, Sol Aramendi, Tom Sanford.

Countries Represented:  America, Argentina, Canada, Cuba, Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea, Peru, Serbia, Spain

Curated by: Manon Slome

Check out Untapped New York’s prior coverage of This Side of a Paradise, a No Longer Empty curation in the Andrew Freedman Home and our Untapped Guide to Long Island City.