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William Shakespeare is not only one of the most widely read English authors, but also one of the most easily recognizable, with his beard, mustache, and oblong shaped head. As a result, he has been commemorated and memorialized throughout New York City. Below, we explore some of those many places where you can find references to the Bard of Stratford-Upon-Avon.


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The warm weather is giving us lots of ideas here at Untapped Cities, especially for new tours and explorations. Whether you’ve joined us in the past or are new to our exploration community and looking for activities in New York City, we hope to see you in the coming months. All of our tours are also available as private tours, which you can request here.

Here’s what we have in store for May:


Untapped Cities invites you on an exclusive insider tour of the Players Club on Gramercy Park. This members only social club was founded in 1889 by Edwin Booth, one the most renowned American actors of the 19th century, along with fifteen friends and colleagues including Mark Twain and General William T. Sherman. Today’s notable members Read more.

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The Shakespearean actor Edwin Booth, founded The Players Club, the members-only theater club on Gramercy Park, as a way to restore the Booth family name, after his less-successful brother, also an actor, assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. The Players Club was founded in 1888 and is the oldest club still operating in its original location.

Booth hired renown architect Stanford White to renovate the Greek Revival townhouse he purchased at 16 Gramercy Park South. The deed of the club, read by Booth on New Year’s Eve to the initial fifteen other founding members of the club (which included Mark Twain and William Tecumseh Sherman) provided for a furnished room in the club for Booth’s own use. The aim of the club was to bring people of the arts together with those in other professions, a mission that remains to this day.


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New York City’s historic private clubs are a vestige of an older world, and the rise of newer, hipper clubs like Norwood and Neue House, reflect a desire to expand the vocabulary of what a private club consists of. At Untapped Cities, we’ve been to a lot of these clubs for varying reasons – for events, for meeting, as members. In our first installment of this series on the city’s private clubs, we’re featuring 10 notable clubs among the city’s oldest that have stunning architecture and a rich history.

For an insider look, join our next tour of the Players Club, one of the oldest clubs in NYC, located on Gramercy Park:


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Artist Cynthia Von Buhler’s latest endeavor might be the closest you can get to time travel. Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Brothers Booth, an interactive play exploring the Booth brothers’ sibling rivalry, will whisk you back to 1919—when Prohibition drove the parties underground but certainly didn’t stop them.

Von Buhler has explored this theme in the first iteration of the Speakeasy Dollhouse: the Bloody Beginning, which was inspired by the true story of her grandfather’s murder. This time, she has taken a quintessentially New York story and brought it to life in one of the City’s most coveted private Gilded Age clubs, the Players Club on Gramercy Park.  (more…)