Rediscover New York City this week on a behind-the-scenes tour with Untapped Cities! Explore locations both infamous and obscure on our expert led tours, and gain access to special events from the city’s leading cultural institutions. This week, discover what it means to build a home in New York City amid the housing crisis, uncover the secrets of an iconic transportation hub, explore one of the city’s last secrets spaces and so much more!
Tuesday, February 26th
Image courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York
Discover what can we learn from those who are struggling to find creative ways to make, or keep, a “home” in the city in the face of rapid urban change at the Museum of the City of New York’s Rooted in Place, Stories of Home in the City event, part of their on-going series Housing Tomorrow’s City. This important conversation will contextualize and explore what it means to live in the city today from a variety of different perspectives. Dr. Mindy Fullilove, the author of “Root Shock,” takes a look back at New York’s long history of community displacement and its effects; architect Eric Bunge reflects on the trials and tribulations of designing the city’s first micro unit; photographer Annie Ling shares her photographs of the residents of 81 Bowery, where tenants build community in close quarters; and oral historian Zaheer Ali shares the stories we tell about communities in Crown Heights. Moderated by journalist Tanvi Misra of The Atlantic’s CityLab. If you are an Untapped Cities Insider, you can attend this event for free! Not an Insider yet? Become a member today to gain access to free behind-the-scenes tours and special New York City events all year long!
Friday, March 1st
Photo by George Del Barrio / The Vanderbilt Republic
Explore The Bellewether, one of Mahattan’s last secret spaces! With the help of our friends at The Vanderbilt Republic, the creative force behind spaces like the Gowanus Loft where they produce unique artistic experiences, guests will tour the massive 8,000 square foot space (which used to be an electrical repair company) with the venue’s creative director and executive producer, George Del Barrio, and get an exclusive preview of its first major installation, an immersive experience created in conjunction with Circular City Week New York. There will also be complimentary drinks and time to meet and mingle with fellow Insiders and Untapped Cities staff! If you are an Untapped Cities Insider, you can attend this event for free! Not an Insider yet? Become a member today to gain access to free behind-the-scenes tours and special New York City events all year long!
Saturday, March 2nd
Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the New Nitehawk Cinema Prospect Park Inside the Historic Pavilion Theater
Photograph by Sakeenah Saleem
Go behind the screens at Nitehawk Prospect Park, a 650 seat theater in the historic, completely redesigned and refurbished Pavilion Theater. The tour will be led by Matthew Viragh, Founder of Nitehawk Cinema, and Jon Denham, Co-President of Denham Wolf who managed the restoration process of the historic site that dates back to 1908. On the tour, guests will learn about the history of the venue, explore the theater’s transformation into a dine-in cinema and experience Nitehawk Prospect Park with specially priced $10 movie tickets just for Insiders attending the tour! If you are an Untapped Cities Insider, you can attend this event for free! Not an Insider yet? Become a member today to gain access to free behind-the-scenes tours and special New York City events all year long!
- Explore the over 100-year-old contagious disease hospital, which has been abandoned since 1954
- 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
- Discover the kitchen, autopsy room and other usually off-limits places
- Get special access inside the original morgue and long abandoned FBI offices
- Learn about the secrets of one of NYC’s most iconic buildings
- See Grand Central’s hidden tennis courts
- Peek into the entrance of the glass walkways
- Learn about the design flaw as large as Grand Central Terminal’s main atrium
- Discover a multi-million dollars jewel hidden in plain sight and more!
Coco Verde performs during the Never Better Acoustic Sessions. Photo by Alexa Hoyer
Take part in the third annual On Air Fest, a weekend long event celebrating the art of audio inside Brooklyn’s waterfront Wythe Hotel, a former cooperage (barrel factory), textile factory and warehouse that became Williamsburg’s first hotel in 2012. On Air fest is a place for artists, musicians, storytellers, podcasters, listeners and fans to celebrate the power of sound through intimate conversations, performances, art installations, listening parties and live podcasts. Learn how the Brooklyn Public Library is using sound to preserve Brooklyn’s history, hear from the creators of hit podcasts, discover new sound technology, experience a unique performance by Love+Radio’s Nick van der Kolk and much more. Choose access to Saturday or Sunday’s full schedules of programming! If you are an Untapped Cities Insider, you can attend this event for free! Not an Insider yet? Become a member today to gain access to free behind-the-scenes tours and special New York City events all year long!
Sunday, March 3rd
- Walk the city’s original coast line
- See the remains of Manhattan’s first City Hall
- Discover the original Dutch fort, wind mill and battery
- Trace the streets of Manhattan in 1667 with Manhattan’s first map in hand
- Physically touch history as we spend time finding out why Bowling Green has its name and why it’s been so important in our city’s history