Every week Untapped Cities brings New Yorkers a unique line-up of behind-the-scenes tours and special events. From exploring iconic landmarks like Grand Central Terminal, to newer sights like FDR Four Freedoms Park and the innovative American Copper Buildings, discover what adventures are going on this week!
Tuesday, October 1st
- 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!
Wednesday, October 2nd
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
Join Four Freedoms Park Conservancy for a discussion on the last great work of Louis Kahn: FDR Four Freedoms State Park. A tour of the presidential memorial will be led by Robert Balder, the Executive Director of Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, and Stephen Martin, the Conservancy’s former Director of Design and Planning, detailing the design philosophy of America’s preeminent modernist architect and the changing landscape of Roosevelt Island and New York City. An informal happy hour reception with wine, beer, and snacks will follow the tour for an opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow architecture and design enthusiasts. You can attend this event for free (a $10 value) if you are an Untapped Cities Insider! Not a member yet? Become an Insider today to gain access to free behind-the-scenes tours and special events all year long!Already a member? Book here!
Friday, October 4th
Photograph Courtesy of the Center for Architecture
Presented by the American Institute of Architects New York (AIA), Cocktails & Conversation is a series of dialogues about design that joins an architect with a critic, journalist, curator, or architectural historian to discuss current architecture design issues. Each program includes a custom-crafted cocktail—one inspired by the architect’s work and created especially for this event. Untapped Cities Insiders are invited to take part in the Archtober Cocktails and Conversation featuring Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, Principal, Marlon Blackwell Architects and Billie Tsien, AIA, Partner, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners. You can attend this event for free (a $25 value) if you are an Untapped Cities Insider! Not a member yet? Become an Insider today to gain access to free behind-the-scenes tours and special events all year long!
Saturday, October 5th
We’re excited to announce the return of this tour which will take you inside the raw industrial spaces, latest renovations and future plans at Kearny Point, a former United States shipyard. The tour will be led by Nick Shears, Director of Leasing at Kearny Point. During World War I and II, Kearny Point was once one of the world’s most prolific shipyards when it operated as the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, where as many as 30,000 people came to work each day. Today, Hugo Neu is transforming the 130-acre industrial complex into a new mixed-use, sustainable waterfront destination – one that embraces the site’s history and provides opportunities for the businesses of the new economy. Its renewed work environment is situated only minutes from Manhattan, but comes at a fraction of the cost of workspace in New York City, Newark, Hoboken or Jersey City. You can attend this event for free if you are an Untapped Cities Insider! Not a member yet? Become an Insider today to gain access to free behind-the-scenes tours and special events all year long!Already a member? Book here!
Ventures into Flushing, Queens, home to some of the oldest, best-preserved, and most historically significant buildings in the United States. On this Boroughs of the Dead tour led by Untapped Cities Insider and author Marie Carter, examine the fascinating history of the neighborhood, as well as its abundant ghoulish and ghostly stories. This two-hour walk, Frights and Phantoms of Flushing, will take you to the places where the bodies are buried, as we dissect some of the fears that have haunted its most storied residents (both living and dead): from fear of religious persecution, slavery, mortality, ghosts, and poverty, we will find out what has kept Flushing’s occupants awake at night. You can attend this event for free (a $25 value) if you are an Untapped Cities Insider! Not a member yet? Become an Insider today to gain access to free behind-the-scenes tours and special events all year long!Already a member? Book here!
Sunday, October 6th
- Discover the Brooklyn Bridge’s secrets, including its old Cold War fall out shelter, the hidden champagne vaults, the bridge jumper survivor’s support group and so many others… *NOTE: we will not be going inside the shelter or vaults.*
- See an abandoned park hidden in plain sight as you explore the perimeter of the Manhattan anchorages of the bridge
- Uncover the hidden statue of the family of engineers who built the bridge
- Locate the site of the nation’s first White House
- Cross the bridge span, which offers one of the best vantage points in New York City