It’s a busy week for Untapped New York, there is something new to do everyday! From getting an in-depth look at a new exhibit inside the Skyscraper Museum to our signature tours of Ellis Island’s abandoned hospital complex and the secrets of Grand Central Terminal, discover all of the ways you can explore New York City with us this week!

Monday, July 29th

Inside Look at Housing Density: From Tenements to Towers at The Skyscraper Museum

Photograph by Michael Young, Courtesy of the Skyscraper Museum

Get an inside look at Housing Density: From Tenements to Towers, the newest exhibit at the Skyscraper Museum with the guidance of gallery manager Josh Vogel. Density today remains a hyper-charged concept – a negative to many who equate it with crowding – or a positive for those who claim it creates more vibrant and affordable urban life. To help give you an understanding of both sides, the new exhibition is packed with three-dimensional diagrams, graphs, building plans, photographs and other documents, which provide a comprehensive view of the issues surrounding density from many perspectives. You can join tis free event is you are an Untapped Cities Insider! Not an Insider yet? Become a member today to gain access to free behind-the-scenes tours and special events all year long!

Tuesday, July 30th

Underground: A Human History of the Worlds Beneath Our Feet Book Talk at the Brooklyn Historical Society

Photograph by Will Hunt

Discover hidden worlds at a book talk with Underground: A Human History of the Worlds Beneath Our Feet author Will Hunt at the Brooklyn Historical Society. The talk will be moderated by Untapped Cities founder Michelle Young. Hunt will dive into his tales of exploration adventuring through derelict subway stations, sacred caves, nuclear bunkers, and subterranean cities! If you are an Untapped Cities Insider, you can attend this event for free. Learn more here!

Wednesday, July 31st

Nevertheless She Existed Live Podcast Launch at Caveat

Photograph by Dennis Cahlo, Courtesy of Caveat 

Be part of the live podcast launch for Nevertheless She Existed at the Lower East Side speakeasy Caveat. Caveat specializes in educational nightlife and this show will feature a lineup of female storytellers, comedians, and historians who will share the stories of some of the greatest women the world has ever known. This month, the theme of the show is “Podcast Party” as host Molly Gaebe and a fantastic lineup of performers present favorite stories from past shows, play games, and pour one out for the women history refused to remember. If you are an Untapped Cities Insider, you can attend this event for free! Learn more here!

Thursday, August 1st

Sneak Peek Hard Hat Tour Inside Fotografiska New York

Render © CetraRuddy

Be part of a sneak peek hard hat tour inside the new Fotografiska New York. This unique multi-function cultural venue is housed inside the historic 1894 Church Missions House on Park Avenue South. You are invited join the team inside the construction zone as the space is transformed into an innovative photography exhibition and social gathering space. You’ll even get a camera to document your experience! You can join this exclusive tour If you are an Untapped Cities Insider! Learn more here!

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Friday, August 2nd

Inside Look at the Library for the Performing Arts’ New Exhibit “Archive in Motion”

Jonathan Blanc/The New York Public Library

This year the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library celebrates its 75th anniversary. To honor this occasion, the division is hosting a brand new exhibition, Archive in Motion: 75 Years of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, at the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. The exhibition charts the division’s history and the establishment of international dance archival practices through the display of significant items from its collections. Untapped Cities Insiders are invited to get an inside look at the items on display which have been pulled from the largest and most comprehensive archive in the world devoted to the documentation of dance. Insiders will be guided by Linda Murray, the curator of both the exhibition and head of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, who will share her insider knowledge! Learn more here!

Saturday, August 3rd

Tour of the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal


  • 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!

Tour of the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

Tour of NYC’s Maritime History


  • Explore the early Dutch era maritime history through the stories of infamous sea captains Adrian Block and William Kidd
  • Walk the less-charted trail along the historic east side slips including Old Slip and Coenties
  • Learn about New York’s old buried ships on both the Hudson and East River shores and New York’s old floating churches
  • Discover other related sites including the International Merchant Marine Building, The Cunard Building, the Alexander Hamilton Custom House and a stop at the stunning Merchant Marine Memorial by the historic Pier A building
  • Visit South Street Seaport for the history of this unique museum, its historic ships and unparalleled views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline

Tour of NYC’s Maritime History

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
  • 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

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

Secrets from Below: Underground Tour of the NYC Subway!

Inside the Chambers Street station in Lower Manhattan


  • 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

Sunday, August 4th

Behind-the-Scenes Hard Hat Tour of the Abandoned 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 a 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.

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

Tour of The Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam


  • 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

Tour of The Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam

See our full list of Untapped Cities Insiders Tours and our upcoming Public Tours.