Celebrate the end of 2019 and the start of a new decade by becoming an Untapped New York Insider! As an Insider you will gain access to a series of behind-the-scenes tours and special events all year long. We’re ending the year with special visits to the Art Students League, the 90-year old St. George Theater, and more! Recently, Insiders got to explore the historic district of Governors Island, touch rare pieces of Tiffany glass at The Neustadt, and go on an all-access tour of Madison Square Garden. Check out all of the events happening this month. Not an Insider yet? Become a member today to gain access to behind-the-scenes tours and special events all year long!

Sunday, December 8th: VIP Access to the Oddities Flea Market Holiday of Wonders

A man sits among a room of curiosities holding a skullPhotograph Courtesy of Oddities Flea Market

Gain VIP access to the Oddities Flea Market “Holiday of Wonders.” Doors will open early only for VIP ticket holders so you can skip the lines, avoid the crowds, and get first dibs on all of the eclectic and unusual items for sale. Curated by Ryan and Regina Cohn, the market features a unique mix of vendors from all across the country, offering goods like medical history ephemera, anatomical curiosities, natural history items, osteological specimens, taxidermy, obscure home decor, jewelry, one of a kind dark art and more. Now at Villain in Williamsburg, there will also be Roberta’s wood-fired pizza available for purchase.

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Monday, December 9th: Restaurant Resurrection: Putting Gage & Tollner Back on the Map at Brooklyn Historical Society

A staff members lights the gas lamps at Gage & Tollner amid diners in the restaurant[Gaslamp Lighting at Gage & Tollner], 1956, Photographic print, 2016.034; Brooklyn Historical Society

A Downtown Brooklyn landmark makes its return this season with the revival of the Gage & Tollner restaurant on Fulton Street. Whet your appetite for the reimagined eatery with a multi-course banquet of the legendary establishment’s history at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Begin with an amuse-bouche of archival materials from our Othmer Library’s G & T collection, and enjoy a main course panel discussion on the road to reincarnation with co-owner St. John Frizell, head chef Sohui Kim, and Janet Pawlukiewicz, whose family ran the restaurant for 40 years. Cocktail columnist for the New York Times and author of the books The Old Fashioned, A Proper Drink, and most recently The Martini Cocktail Robert Simonson leads this culinary conversation.

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Tuesday, December 10th: Discover the Holiday Sights of Staten Island at Empire Outlets and St. George Theater

An overhead shot of the outdoor patio at Empire Outlets in Staten Island with the NYC skyline in the backgroundPhotograph Courtesy of Empire Outlets

Explore the old and the new on Staten Island’s north shore in the historic town of St. George. This holiday season, Insiders will go behind-the-scenes of the newly opened Empire Outlets, a sprawling waterfront shopping center designed by SHOP Architects, and inside the historic St. George Theater which celebrated its 90th anniversary this year! Empire Outlets is New York City’s very first outlet destination. The innovative space, which features 340,000 square feet of retail and dining including an outdoor patio and beer garden, will be decked out in splendid holiday decor just in time for our visit. The tree will even be lit! Insiders will get to see the highlights of this new shopping destination, located within a short walk from the Staten Island ferry, and areas that are not yet opened to the public.

After a tour of the outlets, we will head down the road to the historic St. George Theater for a behind-the-scenes tour. Built in 1929 and recently restored for a re-opening in 2004, the St. George Theater first opened as a movie palace to rival those in Manhattan. Designed with a blend of Spanish and Italian Baroque styles, the theater has since hosted performances by musicians such as Tony Bennet, Pat Benatar, and Ringo Starr, and comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Joan Rivers and Kevin James.

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Thursday, December 12th: Go Behind-the-Scenes at the Historic Art Students League

Students paint on aisles

Go behind-the-scenes at the landmarked American Fine Arts Society building to see where famous artists like Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keefe and Robert Smithson learned their craft at the Art Students League. The league’s Digital Communications Manager, Rudy Bravo, and Assistant to the Executive Director, Allison Green, will lead guests through the historic 1892 building to see inside galleries and studios and learn the storied history of the renowned art school. Insiders will see current exhibitions and inside the classrooms where students hone their craft in a variety of artistic mediums.

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Saturday, December 15th: “Elf” Screening at United Palace

Photograph by Jon Ortner, Courtesy of  United Palace

Get in the holiday spirit at United Palace, Manhattan’s 4th largest theater, with a giant fifty-foot screen. At this screening of the New York City set holiday film, Elf, starring Will Ferrell, James Caan and Zooey Deschanel, guests will also get to take part in a meet and greet with Santa Claus and other festive surprises! Viewers will get to watch the film inside one of the original Loews Wonder Theaters built in 1930.

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Monday, December 16th and Saturday, December 21st: Experience SuperReal, An Immersive Digital Show Inside the Cunard Building

A rainbow colored image is projected onto the interior of the Cunard BuildingImage Courtesy of Moment Factory

The Great Hall of the landmarked Cunard Building in Manhattan will once again be transformed into a surreal landscape with the hi-tech and creative work of The Moment Factory and Cipriani. SuperReal, an immersive digital art show which uses projection mapping to transform the nautical interiors of the former cruise line ticket hall, is back for the holiday season! Half of the 12,000 square foot space features mirrored flooring that reflects the 30-foot vaulted ceiling above to completely envelope guests in the experience, as colorful images are projected onto the walls. Untapped New York Insiders can attend this show for free on one of two days during its run!

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Thursday, December 19th: Explore the Gallery and Artist Studios of the Iconic Masters Building

The Masters Building, former home of The Riverside Museum, will be 90 years old this month. Now a residential building, The Masters is honoring its artistic heritage with an exhibition of work by New York artist Anna Walinska. Anna Walinska: Return to the Riverside will showcase works created during Walinska’s studio residency at the Masters from 1955 through 1971.

The exhibition, curated by Michael Alicia and Jan Fort, includes drawings, paintings and collages that showcase the breadth of Walinska’s range and her talent as an abstract expressionist. On this special tour, Insiders will walkthrough the exhibition with one of the curators, and Walinska’s niece and custodian of the estate, Rosina Rubin. Along with a tour of the exhibition, Insiders will also gain access to one of the building’s active artist studios and learn about the history of the landmarked building. Anna Walinska: Return to the Riverside will be on view through January 24, 2020.

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Header photo courtesy of the Arts Students League.

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