The weekend is just right around the corner — and we have a line-up of tours planned in the next few days, from Untapped favorites like our Tour of the Remnants of Penn Station and our VIP exploration of the Woolworth Building. Also join us for our newest tour: Secrets of Central Park, which takes place on Sunday.
Tour of the Remnants of Penn Station: Saturday, June 10th at 12:00pm + 2:30pm
Weaving in moments from The Eternal Space—a play about an untold story of the destruction of Penn Station featuring over 1,000 never before published photographs of the station—our tour of the Remnants of Penn Station will cover the past, present and future plans for the central transportation hub in New York City. Join us on a hunt for the remaining pieces of the grand McKim, Mead & White station (of which there are many)! Learn insider navigation tips and see never-before-seen old station photos from the collections of three photographers who documented Penn’s life and demolition. Each guest will also receive a framable, reproduction ticket of the first commuter ride into Pennsylvania Station from 1910.
VIP Tour of the Woolworth Building: Saturday, June 10th at 4pm
Untapped Cities is excited to offer this new, Untapped Cities-exclusive tour of the normally off-limits Woolworth Building led by building architect Cass Gilbert’s great granddaughter, Helen Post Curry, who runs the Woolworth Building tours. Cass Gilbert was Curry’s paternal great grandfather and she began running tours in the Woolworth Building on the 100th anniversary of the landmark. As Curry says herself, “there are so many behind-the-scenes “secrets” about the Woolworth Building” and we’re excited to share them with you on this special, insider tour that will take you to the gorgeous mezzanine level, the bank vault in the building’s cellar, its former entrances to the subway and the spectacular “cathedral-esque” lobby.
Secrets of Central Park Tour, June 11th at 11:00am + 2:00pm
Did you know that Central Park was once the site of a former African-American village? Or that it was previously home to an infamous casino, where alcohol flowed throughout the Prohibition? For almost 160 years, Central Park has been the green heart of the city, serving as a pastoral haven for New Yorkers and visitors alike. Even so, it still holds many secrets that have yet to be discovered. On this walking tour, we’ll explore the history behind some of its best-loved and hidden sites. Learn about the genesis, design, and evolution of the immense green space, while uncovering its many outrageous happenings, scandals and more. Discover the secret navigational device that keeps pedestrians from getting lost on the park’s winding paths, see the secret bolt left behind from the creation of Manhattan’s street grid and uncover the hidden meaning in Bethesda Terrace’s sculptures.