Join Untapped Cities this week to explore the iconic Woolworth Building, gain exclusive access to the abandoned Ellis Island Hospital, celebrate the anniversary of Hudson River Park and uncover the history of the New York City Subway!

Tuesday, August 14th

Special Access Tour of the Woolworth Building

This one hour tour of the normally off-limits Woolworth Building which will feature not only a visit through the stunning cathedral-like lobby, but also the mezzanine and the cellar level where the bank vault still stands. On this special access tour of the Woolworth Building, you’ll get a complete picture of the engineering feat and aesthetic masterpiece that the skyscraper is.


  • Special Access inside the Woolworth Building, which is normally off-limits to the public
  • Learn about the history of the building, how it was created and has been restored over the years
  • Visit the spectacular “cathedral-esque” lobby and mezzanine of the building, nicknamed the “Cathedral of Commerce”
  • Explore the cellar level where you will see an abandoned bank vault and entrances that once had direct access to the NYC subway
  • Contemplate many Art Deco details including the gorgeous mailboxes and elevators

Insider Tour of the Woolworth Building

Friday, August 17th

Twentieth Anniversary Tour of Hudson River Park

Stretching from Chambers Street to 59th Street, Hudson River Park spans 4.5 miles, making it the longest riverfront park in the United States. The park encompasses 550 acres of parkland and 400 water acres. This year Hudson River Park marks its twentieth anniversary! To celebrate, join Untapped Cities for a tour of the park with the Director of Education and Outreach, Tina Walsh. On this tour of Manhattan’s west side waterfront park, guests will learn about important historic and ecological events that took place from the times of the Lenape Native Americans to the present day. Explore stories about the incredible oysters of New York Harbor, Manhattan’s changing shoreline and the revitalization of the west side through environmental activism.

If you are or become and Untapped Cities Insider, you can join this tour for free!

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Saturday, August 18th

Behind-the-Scenes Hard Hat Tour of the Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital


  • Explore the over 100-year-old contagious disease hospital, which has been abandoned since 1954 and off-limits to the public
  • See an exhibition by the world-renowned artist JR, who has placed life-sized historic photographs of Ellis Island immigrants on interior walls of the hospital buildings
  • Visit the Laundry Building, where 3000+ pieces of laundry were washed and sanitized daily
  • Gain exclusive access to discover the kitchen, autopsy room and other usually off-limits places
  • Get special access inside the original morgue and long abandoned FBI offices

Behind-the-Scenes Hard Hat Tour of the Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital

Underground Tour of the New York City Subway

Take a ride through the living history of the world’s largest rapid transit system (in area) by weaving in and out of the past and present transit hubs of lower Manhattan. This unique tour is designed to give a comprehensive history of the NYC Subway system, from its groundbreaking in 1901 up through the creation of the three different proprietary lines which were unified into the system we know today. We’ll uncover information and learn about spaces even the most seasoned commuter might not know about.


  • Explore City Hall Park as the birthplace of the NYC subway system, including elements of the famed, decommissioned City Hall Station you can see right in the park
  • Learn about the comically short route of the mythical “Subway before the Subway,” Alfred Ely Beach’s Pneumatic Transit System
  • See the architectural ghosts of the now nearly forgotten, and partially abandoned, Chambers Street station then nicknamed the “Grand Central of Downtown”
  • Use the 6 train as your own time machine as you ride through abandoned subway stations
  • Discover the remnants of Union Station as you learn about a hidden art installation thousands of riders walk by everyday

Underground Tour of the NYC Subway

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