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The Holiday Season is kicking off here at Untapped Cities. We are excited for special holiday tours of some of our favorite historic house museums, as well as vintage train rides, classic tree-lighting evenings, and an exclusive tour of one of our favorite NYC locations, the Woolworth Building!
Monday, December 1st
The 15th Annual Winter’s Eve celebration at Lincoln Center will kick off at 5:30 pm with performances, food, and a tree lighting ceremony.
At 8 pm at St. Marks Church, Penny Arcade, the co-director of the The Lower East Side Biography Project, will be speaking on memory, censorship, and the work of New York City-based film producer Jack Smith. Learn more here.
Tuesday, December 2nd
Photographers James and Kayla Murray will share photographs and interviews from their two books Store Front- The Disappearing Face of New York and New York Nights at The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. Their work focuses on the storefronts of small mom-and-pop businesses in Greenwich Village. They began their project in 2001, and since then over half of their subjects have closed. Get more information on the talk here.
Wednesday December 3rd
The 2014 Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting will take place at 6 pm, with performances from 7 to 9 pm at the Rockefeller Plaza. Check out our 5 Quirky Things You Didn’t Know about the Rockefeller Christmas Tree.
The National Academy and CIVITAS will present the panel “Landscape Future and the East River Esplanade” with Laurie Olin, Partner at Olin; Signe Nielsen, Principal at Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects; and Vishaan Chakrabarti, Principal at SHoP Architects and SHoP Construction.
Thursday, December 4th
Untapped Cities invite you to a tour of the Woolworth Building Lobby and Cocktail event starting at 7 p.m. Ryan Walsh, a landmarks preservationist working at the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, will lead this hour-long tour through the lobby and the basement level where the bank vault and former entrances to the subway are. Following the tour, we will lead guests to an optional cocktail hour at the Woolworth Tower Kitchen. For more information and tickets (just 4 left), click here. As a Cyber Monday special, use the code CASSGILBERT for 15% off this tour or our upcoming tours in January and March.
Friday, December 5th
The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden invites visitors to “step back into the holidays of the 1830s,” with their special Holiday Candlelight Tours offered just once a year. Attendees will sample traditional confections, listen to period music, and be invited to dress up in the Museum’s reproduction clothing. Get more information on the event here, and check out our 13 Historic Houses Converted into Museums in Manhattan.
Saturday, December 6th
Ever wonder how ballerinas stand so perfectly on their toes? The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will be hosting a morning talk with the New York City Ballet Shoe Supervisor Dara Faust. Learn all about the massive amount of work that goes into fabricating the pointe shoes of the New York City Ballet, and even view a live pointe shoe fitting.
Sunday, December 7th
James and Michelle Nevius, the authors of the book Footprints in New York: Tracing the Lives of Four Centuries of New Yorkers will be hosting a tour in commemoration of Pearl Harbor Day that focuses on New York City’s role in World War I and II, the Cold War, and other conflicts. Get your tickets here.
The Queens Historical Society will be hosting its 27th Annual Historic House tour. Participating locations include the Kingsland Homestead, Voelker Orth House, Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, Friends Meeting House, Flushing Town Hall, the Bowne House, and the Louis Armstrong House Museum. Each location will host special activities, entertainment and refreshments. Get your tickets here, and check out our 8 Historic Houses Converted into Museums in Queens.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be running a vintage subway train at stations along the M train line between Queens Plaza and Second Avenue every Sunday in December, between the hours of 10 am and 5 pm. Check out our coverage of past nostalgia trains, which even included a vintage swing dancing party on one of the M train cars!
Did we miss any events? Let us know by contacting Anna Brown at her Twitter handle @brooklynbonanza.