Photo by James and Karla Murray, who run our Food Tour of the Disappearing East Village Storefronts

There are a slew of great tours this upcoming week–of the Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam, NYC’s main recycling facility, and a murder mystery at the Mount Vernon Hotel – to talks by architectural critic Paul Goldberger, the LGBT Historic Sites Project, and the IFP Film Festival which will activate sites throughout DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights.

Monday, September 12th

Did you miss our recent behind the scenes tour into the SIMS Material Recovery Facility, New York City’s state of the art recycling center? You can join the tour with our partners at New York Adventure Club! See photos of this unique location here.

Tuesday, September 13th

Come hear the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project speak on their work to unveil the history of a community that was often hidden from general view. The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project is the first survey to comprehensively document historic places associated with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the city’s five boroughs. The project has been tasked with nominating sites to the National Register of Historic Places: this past April it successfully nominated Julius’ bar in Greenwich Village, as the site of the Mattachine Society’s 1966 “Sip-In” protest against state regulations that prohibited serving alcohol to LGBT people. Event is at 6:30pm at the Neighborhood Preserfvation Center at 232 East 11th Street. RSVP at

Wednesday, September 14th

Paul Goldberger, Pulitzer Prize winning architecture critic and author, will speak at the Eldridge Street Syangogue on the legacy of writer and preservationist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), whose work changed the way the world views and understands cities.  Award-winning author and preservationist Roberta Brandes Gratz will introduce Goldberger. 6pm. 

James and Karla Murray, authors and photographers of the Storefront series of books (and who give our popular Food Tour of Historic East Village Storefronts will give a book talk and slideshow at the MOSCOT Gallery and Music Space from 7-9pm. Light bites and dim sum will be provided by Nom Wah Tea Parlor.

Join James and Karla for their next food tour with us on October 9th:

Thursday, September 15th

The Village Alliance will host the first ever  “Astor Alive!” Festival over the course of three days. Astor Place and Lower East Side theater and dance companies will perform across four stages, embodying five important historical themes of Astor Place: Theater for All, Alternative Cultures and Radical Politics, Thinkers and Writers, Immigrant Populations, and Architectural Frontiers. Full schedule here.


Go on a murder mystery experience at the historic Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, once a country escape for New Yorkers living in the crowded city at the southern tip of Manhattan during the 19th century.In this fictional mystery game, loosely based on an actual newspaper account, an unidentified skeleton has been discovered at the Mount Vernon Hotel. Explore the Museum by candlelight and collect clues to unravel the mystery and solve the case. Afterwards there will be a wine & cheese reception in the Museum’s private garden.

Saturday, September 17th

Our Untapped Cities tours of the Past, Present and Future of the NYC Subway and the Woolworth Building are both sold out for Saturday but both tours have additional dates. We’ve also added an October 1st date for the subway tour due to demand:

IFP Film Week begins under The Archway at the Manhattan Bridge with a screening of the ’80s movie Krush Groove and a dance party before it that starts at 4pm.

Sunday, September 18th

Our Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam tour is an official pick by the Consulate General of the Netherlands here in NYC! Join tour guide Justin Rivers as he shares New York’s founding myths and facts while standing in the very spots they all happened. Tour highlights include a look at the remains of Manhattan’s first City Hall, a walk of the city’s original coast line, discovering the original Dutch fort, wind mill, and the original battery. Physically touch history as we also spend time finding out why Bowling Green has its name and why it’s been so important in our city’s history.

Our partners at Rooftop Reds are doing a Ribs & Rose afternoon on their rooftop (what could be better than wine, ribs and a view?). Starts at 4pm. Use the code “untapped cities” (two words) for $5 off.

Check out our full schedule of Behind the Scenes tours in NYC.

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