Celebrate the launch of the second edition of the book, Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide by Michelle Young, Untapped Cities founder, and Augustin Pasquet, the company’s CEO, at the exclusive Montauk Club in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Get the opportunity to step inside the exquisite Gilded Age private club, a featured location in the new book, which reveals over 20 new unusual and hidden treasures to discover around the borough. Michelle and Augustin will present some of their favorite locations in the book, host a Q&A, and then sign copies of the book, which will be available to purchase.
The Montauk Club is a private club that was founded in 1888 and moved into its current Venetian Gothic palazzo-inspired building in 1891. The interiors of the club are rarely open to the public but often seen on screen in shows like Boardwalk Empire and The Knick. Famous figures who have appeared at the club include presidents John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Grover Cleveland, and William McKinley.
Additional authors presenting at the launch party include Susanna Marren and Leslie Bennetts. Please note: The bar only be open to members and friends of members of the Montauk Club. Tickets to the event are free but registration is required. You can sign up using the button below!
More about Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide:
Brooklyn offers countless opportunities to step off the beaten path and is home to any number of well-hidden treasures that are revealed only to residents and travelers who are ready to explore. Discover secret museums, go on an urban safari for wild parrots, locate a landmarked tree, enter the oldest building in New York City, watch a performance of robots in a church, stand tall next to hobbit doors on an otherwise normal street, learn how to breathe fire and swallow swords, touch the oldest subway tunnel in the world and the world’s smallest Torah, forage for food in Prospect Park, taste wine atop the world’s first commercial rooftop vineyard, step inside a grocery store frozen in 1939, take in a basketball game inside a historic movie theater. New locations in the second edition include a hidden tennis club, a rooftop green oasis in an oil spill zone, a house full of superheroes, remnants of a lost hotel and train station, and more.
Secret Brooklyn draws attention to the multitude of details found in places that we may pass by every day without noticing. These are an invitation to look more closely at the urban landscape, and, more generally, a means of seeing our own city with the curiosity and attention that we often display while traveling elsewhere.
More about the authors:
Michelle Young is the founder of Untapped Cities, a web magazine about urban discovery and exploration. She is a graduate of Harvard College in the history of art and architecture and holds a master’s degree in urban planning from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture. She is the author of Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide, New York: Hidden Bars & Restaurants,for Jonglez publishing and Broadway (published by Arcadia). Michelle lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Augustin Pasquet is the CEO of Untapped Cities. He has lived in Nigeria, Switzerland and Thailand and currently lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. He previously worked for L’Oreal in sales and marketing for seven years. He is the co-author of Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide. Augustin’s photography has been published in Travel & Leisure, Brooklyn Magazine, Time Out New York, as well as in the books New York: Hidden Bars & Restaurants, and Broadway. He has been a guest speaker on television, radio shows and conferences speaking about topics ranging from the secrets of Grand Central Terminal to the remnants of NYC’s Cold War era nuclear shelters.
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