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2017 has been a busy and exciting year for us here at Untapped Cities: we unearthed fascinating secrets about New York City, launched new features on our site and introduced new, behind-the-scenes experiences to our readers — all with the goal of helping locals and visitors rediscover their city.
As we head into 2018, we’re very excited to see what’s in store for the future. To kick things off with a bang, we sought out some of the most unique and quirky New Year’s Eve activities taking place across the city. In the event you want to avoid Times Square (and the crowds that will form to watch the ball drop), here are our suggestions:
10. Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Ellis Island Hospital
The abandoned Ellis Island Hospital complex—once the standard for United States medical care (and later transformed to the FBI headquarters when the island served as a detention center)—has been left to decay for nearly 60 years. Now, Untapped Cities is bringing you behind-the-scenes for an unique exploration of the abandoned facility; on this experience, you’ll visit the contagious disease wards, the autopsy rooms and have exclusive access to places usually closed to the public.
While Ellis Island has become one of New York City’s top tourist attractions, drawing over two million visitors per year, the 22-building South Side hospital complex is hidden in plain sight, just to the left of disembarking passengers headed towards the Great Hall. Looking at its desolate, skeletal frame now, it’s difficult to imagine its backstory as one of the largest public health undertakings in American history. Join us for our upcoming hard hat tour, guided by a Save Ellis Island docent, where we’ll uncover its many, buried secrets.