Every week Untapped New York brings you the chance to uncover the secrets of New York City on one of our expert led behind-the-scenes tours, and discover new experiences with our Insider events. Whether exploring a famous site like Grand Central Terminal, or embarking on a new immersive journey, check out everything that is happening this week!

Tuesday, December 17th

Tour of the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

Tour guide Heather Shimmin gestures towards the facade of Grand Central Terminal

The story of Grand Central Terminal is that of New York City itself: the structure embodies the social, cultural, economic and technological evolution around it. It is one of great men, feuding architects, ingenuity, rejuvenation, secrets and surprises. On this tour of the secrets of Grand Central Terminal, learn about what once was, what could have been, and what can be; about the struggle to save and restore Grand Central as a preserved icon of the past, and of challenge to ensure that it serves New York’s future.

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Wednesday, December 18th

Underground Tour of the NYC Subway

Justin Rivers, Untapped New York Tour Guide, on an Underground Tour of the NYC Subway

Explore the New York City subway from the very first station to the present day on Untapped New York’s Underground Tour. As you use the 6 train as a personal time machine, learn about the comically short route of the mythical “Subway before the Subway,” discover remnants of Union Station as you learn about a hidden art installation, and more!

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Experience ZeroSpace, A Trippy Immersive Light Show in NYC

A dark room of laser lights and mirrorsPhotograph by Inna Shnayder, Courtesy of ZeroSpace

A mysterious portal has opened up next to Penn Station and the government is looking for volunteers to go through and find out what is on the other side. No, this isn’t the plot of a new sci-fi thriller, but the narrative explored in Zerospace, a new immersive art experience that blends mind-bending visuals with the latest cutting-edge technology. Embark on a journey which combines abstract art with an actor-driven narrative. The show will be changing this winter, so don’t miss your chance to see it now! If you are an Untapped New York Insider, you can join this experience for free! Not an Insider yet? Become a member today to gain access to free behind-the-scenes tours and special events all year long!

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Thursday, December 19th

Tour of the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

A wide view of Grand Central Terminal's main concourse

Discover the hidden treasures of Grand Central Terminal on an expert led tour of the landmarked transportation hub. Peek into upper level tennis courts, learn about the iconic central clock and what hides beneath it, peek into the massive glass walkways, and uncover many more secrets. Both daily commuters through the station and guests who have never visited before are sure to learn something surprising about this New York City gem.

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Saturday, December 21st

Underground Tour of the NYC Subway

Guests on Untapped New York's underground tour enter a subway car

Tour Highlights:

  • 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.

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Tour of the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

Clock in the center of Grand Central's Main Concourse

Tour Highlights:

  • 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!

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Sunday, December 22nd

Underground Tour of the NYC Subway

Inside the Chambers street subway stationPhotograph by Jochen Enderlin

Tour Highlights:

  • 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.

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Tour the Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam

A tour guest touches an 18th century wall

Tour Highlights:

  • 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

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Check out all upcoming public tours and Insider events!

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