Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series with Untapped Cities and NYCEDC

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Untapped Cities is excited to announce the Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to provide special access to some of the city’s most exciting development projects. The tours will be led by NYCEDC experts who have spearheaded the redevelopment as well as the community partners for the projects, offering insider insight into the past, present and future of these sites.

Check back often for ticket releases to upcoming tours.

Brooklyn Kings Theatre: Monday, March 16th at 6pm

Brooklyn Kings Theatre-Loews-NYCEDC Restoration-Untapped Cities Behind the Scenes NYC TourThe former Loew’s Kings Theatre re-opened following a multi-year renovation in February 2015. With impressively ornate details, a decorative curved ceiling, wood paneling, pink marble and glazed terra-cotta, the renovation has revealed original design details of this theatre, inspired by the French Revival style of the Palace of Versailles and the Paris Opera House. The tour will be led by Christina DeRose, Senior Vice President at NYCEDC who oversaw the project, and Matt Wolf, Executive Director of Kings Theatre.

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On Thursday, August 25th at 6:30pm, join us for our a Behind the Scenes NYC Tour of the Sims Municipal Recycling Facility, a state-of the-art recycling facility located at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT). The facility is the result of a public-private partnership between New York City and Sims.

Completed in 2013 using sustainable design practices, the reactivated site processes all plastic, metal, and glass collected by the Department of Sanitation and helps traffic the City of New York’s recyclables while creating jobs for the local community. Eadaoin Quinn, Education Coordinator at Sims, will take Untapped Cities readers behind the scenes of the recycling plant, which currently occupies 11 acres of SBMT. Join us for a 90-minute tour and get a insider look at the City’s recycling process. Tickets are limited.

Operated by Sims Municipal Recycling, the Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility is New York City’s principal recycling center receiving approximately 20,000 tons of residential metal, glass, plastic and paper every month. The facility features advanced sorting equipment, award-winning architectural design, interactive educational displays, a 600kW solar panel array and NYC’s first commercial-scale wind turbine.

Behind the Scenes at the Brooklyn Army Terminal: March 23rd

On our next Behind the Scenes NYC tour, Untapped Cities and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) will bring readers on a special early access tour of the Brooklyn Army Terminal’s newly renovated Annex Building (formerly the BAT Administration Building). The Annex now offers 55,000 square feet of commercial and industrial space, a space that was only beginning renovation on our insider tour last year with NYCEDC.

On this tour you will learn about the past, present and future of the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Guests will not only visit the new Annex, but also traverse an enclosed bridgeway that has lain untouched for 40 years, explore the roof of Building B, check out an area of Building A that is undergoing a $100 million/500,000 square foot renovation, and walk through the stunning atrium, the length of three football fields, where freight trains once pulled in to directly unload supplies. In addition, this visit will include stops at some of the manufacturing and art studios inside the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Beyond the building itself, you will also learn the role which the Brooklyn Army Terminal plays in the Sunset Park neighborhood.

As with all of our Behind the Scenes NYC tours in partnership with the NYCEDC, those leading the tour will not be tour guides, but experts directly involved in the spaces we visit. For this early access tour of the Brooklyn Army Terminal, we are thrilled to announce that Dana Frankel and Chun Leung will be leading this visit. Dana is the Senior Project Manager in charge of the redevelopment of the Brooklyn Army Terminal at the NYCEDC. Chun, also from NYCEDC, manages planning and leasing at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Dana and Chun are very knowledgeable about the Brooklyn Army Terminal and we are honored to have them walk us through the renovation and plans for its future.

Behind the Scenes Tour at the Staten Island Farm Colony with NYCEDC – April 2nd, 2pm

No need to break in, you’re invited! The Staten Island Farm Colony is one of the most storied locations in New York City, a 46-acre site that was built originally as the Richmond County Poor Farm. Renamed the New York City Farm Colony in 1902, the institution provided room and board to the city’s indigent population in exchange for their labor.

Behind the Scenes NYC tour on Saturday April 2nd, a series produced in partnership with the NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). As with all of our Behind the Scenes NYC tours in partnership with the NYCEDC, those leading the tour will not be tour guides, but experts directly involved in the spaces we visit. For this exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the New York Farm Colony, we are thrilled to announce that Nate Gray, Vice President of Planning at NYCEDC, will lead the tour, accompanied by the redevelopment project’s architects, Tim Boyland and Pablo E. Vengoechea. Visitors will walk through the site in its pre-redevelopment state, see the historical buildings, and learn about plans for the future of the site.

Prior Tours:

Behind the Scenes NYC Tour of the Sims Municipal Recycling Facility Brooklyn

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On Thursday, November 19th at 6pm, join us for our new Untapped Cities Behind the Scenes NYC Tour with NYCEDC of the Sims Municipal Recycling Facility is a state-of the-art, city-owned recycling facility located at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT).

Completed in 2013 using sustainable design practices, the reactivated site processes all plastic, metal, and glass collected by the Department of Sanitation and helps traffic the City of New York’s recyclables while creating jobs for the local community. Eadaoin Quinn, Education Coordinator at Sims, and Patrick Thrasher, Assistant VP in NYCEDC‘s Asset Management Division, will take Untapped Cities behind the scenes of the recycling plant, which currently occupies 11 acres of SBMT. Join us for a 90-minute tour and get a first-hand look at the City’s recycling process. Tickets are limited.

Harlem History and Incubator Walking Tour: October 1st, 6pm

On this walking tour of East and West Harlem on October 1st at 6pm, guests will learn about the history of the neighborhood and observe first-hand the role of new incubator spaces and urban redevelopment projects on the present and future of Harlem.

Stop will include La Marqueta and the Hot Bread Kitchen Incubator, led by Nadia Munoz, NYCEDC’s project lead for the Marqueta and the Head of Operations at Hot Bread Kitchen, a tour of the Corn Exchange Building and rooftop with Artimus Developers, and a tour of Harlem Biospace with Matthew Owens (Harlem Biospace Executive Director), Christine Kovich (Harlem Biospace Co-Founder and head of HypotheKIDS), and Lenzie Harcum (Director of Biotech Desk at NYCEDC).

Tour of Staten Island’s Exciting North Shore Redevelopment Projects: July 25th 10am

New Stapleton Waterfront-The Cove-Rendering-NYCEDCIn our next Behind the Scenes NYC tour with the NYC Economic Development Corporation, we’ll be doing a walking tour of Stapleton with the NYCEDC’s Munro Johnson, Vice President of Development for Staten Island and Kamillah M. Hanks of the Historic Tappen Park Community Partnership on Saturday, July 25th at 10am. Stops on this walking tour will include SI Makerspace, an arts, technology and business incubator for NYCED, the New Stapleton Waterfront development project with Ironstate Development speaking on the construction progress of the decommissioned U.S. Naval Base, the Stapleton Town Center (with a representative from the Neighborhood Association, and Techbox, a co-working space for entrepreneurs and artists.

Behind the Scenes at the Hunts Point Produce Market: June 30th, 9am

In the Bronx at the Hunts Point Market where workers are receiving and removing produce at the market. Photo of: general scene at the market (all subjects in photo refused to give their names) (NY Post/G.N. Miller).

The next event from the Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series on June 30th will bring Untapped Cities/NYCEDC guests on a rare inside look at the market’s logistics and history from Myra Gordon, manager of the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market, who will take the tour through the market’s repacking houses and produce displays while the market is in operation. Julie Stein, NYCEDC Vice President of Development who oversees the Hunts Point Market will offer insight on the organization’s involvement at Hunts Point.

There will also be an opportunity to chat with vendors at the market about their businesses, as well as a Q&A with Myra in the board room following the tour. This tour will give New Yorkers an inside look at a critical part of the city’s infrastructure.

Behind the Scenes NYC: Tour of Raw Spaces in the Brooklyn Army Terminal: Tuesday, April 21st at 6pm

This special tour of the Brooklyn Army Terminal in partnership with the NYCEDC will include raw spaces not normally accessible to the public or for tours, including an area untouched for 40 years, the roof of the terminal, and a visit to some of the manufacturing tenants inside. Previously used by the Army, in the raw spaces are speed limit signs on upper floors from when jeeps drove around the floors during WWII and leftover paintings from the military on the walls. See more upcoming tours in our Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series with the NYCEDC. The tour will be led by Dean Bodnar, Senior Vice President with the NYCEDC who oversees the Brooklyn Army Terminal.Exact meeting location will be updated a week in advance.

 

Brooklyn Kings Theatre: Monday, March 16th at 6pm

Brooklyn Kings Theatre-Loews-NYCEDC Restoration-Untapped Cities Behind the Scenes NYC Tour The former Loew’s Kings Theatre re-opened following a multi-year renovation in February 2015. With impressively ornate details, a decorative curved ceiling, wood paneling, pink marble and glazed terra-cotta, the renovation has revealed original design details of this theatre, inspired by the French Revival style of the Palace of Versailles and the Paris Opera House. The tour will be led by Christina DeRose, Senior Vice President at NYCEDC who oversaw the project, and Matt Wolf, Executive Director of Kings Theatre. The tour will be limited to 20 guests.

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