Untapped New York’s Black Friday sale starts now! This year, get 50% off on all Untapped New York tours* with promo code BLACKFRIDAY2022. The code is valid from today through Monday, November 28th (Cyber Monday). Our biggest sale of the year lets you save on our signature public tours such as the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal, Victorian Flatbush, and NYC Underground Subway, as well as our new offerings like the Secrets of Rockefeller Center and Secrets of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
All tours are led by expert, licensed New York City tour guides who will show you the fascinating parts of New York City others walk right by. While the sale runs through Monday, November 28th, your tickets can be for any upcoming tour date. Learn more about some of our favorite tours below, and see a full list of all our public tours here!
This year, Untapped New York is also offering a special deal on Untapped New York Insider membership. When you sign up for a new Insider subscription and use the code JOINUS, you’ll get your first 2 months free! Insider membership grants you access to New York City’s most off-limits places and most fascinating characters through an ever-changing lineup of free members-only in-person tours and live virtual webinars. As an Insider, you also have access to a members-only archive of more than 100 on-demand video recordings of every past virtual event.
Secrets of Rockefeller Center
Completed in 1939, the iconic Rockefeller Center has its fair share of secrets both historical and current. The Art-Deco complex is one of New York’s most popular tourist destinations, but we’ll show you what most tourists miss! Rockefeller Center is home to the country’s largest Christmas tree and a handful of television’s most popular television shows including the world-famous sketch comedy show ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Join Untapped New York as you unearth the secrets and stories that make this landmark one of the most visited sites in the world.
Secrets of the Lower East Side Tour and Tasting
Once the most densely populated district in the world, the lower east side of Manhattan has witnessed many changes in the past century. This tour offers a glimpse of the past when the streets were lined with pushcarts and Jewish delis, bakeries, and pickle stands. Led by long-time Lower East Side resident Richard Soden, you’ll see structures that still exist from that time and learn which have been restored, re-purposed, demolished, or abandoned. Along the way, you’ll stop to nibble on a few traditional Jewish foods!
Secrets of the Met Museum
Your guide, Patrick Bringley, worked for a decade as a guard in the Met, keeping watch over this two million-square-foot treasure house. Having explored every corner of the galleries and haunted its vast backstage, he authored the memoir All the Beauty in the World. On this unique walking tour, you will explore the inner working of this vaunted institution from an intimate, first-hand perspective. You will come face to face with beautiful objects whose stories span multiple continents and millennia. You’ll peer into the eyes of a once-stolen Greek statue,
find the tooth of Mary Magdalen, and see familiar masterpieces in a fascinating new light!
Secrets of Grand Central Tour
Did you know there is a hidden tennis court inside Grand Central Terminal? Or that its ceiling is backward? On this tour, you will discover the origins and history of the Beaux Arts train station, from its glittering glory days to disrepair and modern quests to save it. Whether you pass through it every day on your morning commute or visit for the first time, you are sure to leave having learned, seen, and experienced something new and extraordinary. This tour of Grand Central Terminal is great for history or architecture buffs alike.
NYC Underground Subway Tour
Explore the world’s largest subway system, the beating heart of the city that never sleeps. You will discover the fascinating beginnings of the New York City subway, and explore spaces even the most seasoned commuter might not know about. Hear the story of the very first subway, which was built illegally under the cover of night, and other surprising tales. Using the 6 train as our own ten-car time machine, you will ride through abandoned stations that riders unknowingly pass by every day, including the famed City Hall Station.
Remnants of Penn Station Tour
Two things most commuters don’t realize about Penn Station’s history: 1. There used to be a gorgeous Beaux-Arts station that was demolished in the ’60s. 2. Parts of that old station can still be found today, buried under the arena that landed on top of them. Although Amtrak only acknowledges one remnant, you will discover many more. Penn Station tours are supported by photographic presentations of the station shot by renowned photographers Norman McGrath, Peter Moore, and Aaron Rose, along with the work of railroad aficionados Alexander Hatos, an employee of Pennsylvania Railroad, and Ron Ziel, a railroad historian.
Remnants of New Amsterdam Tour
Explore where New York began and see what is left of Dutch New Amsterdam! With New York City’s first map in hand, you will trace the streets of 1667 Manhattan while discovering the many hidden Dutch relics south of Wall Street. Physically touch history as you find out how Bowling Green got its name and see the foundations of New York City’s first City Hall (which was also a tavern!), the long-forgotten oyster pasty cannon, the original battery wall and so much more!
Fifth Avenue’s Gilded Age Mansions
Take a stroll along Fifth Avenue as it was during the Gilded Age when grand mansions of millionaires lined the illustrious street. As you revisit Millionaire’s Row, you will discover works of architecture lost to time and some that remain today with a new purpose. This tour will resurrect some of the magnificent mansions that no longer stand bringing those glamorous abodes back to life with stunning historical images and scintillating stories of the affairs that took place inside. You will see the footprint of the largest single residence ever built in Manhattan, learn secrets of the famous Frick Collection, discover a charming bookshop tucked into a Fifth Avenue mansion, and more!
Remnants of the World’s Fair
Didn’t make it to the 1939/40 or 1964/65 World’s Fairs? Here’s your chance! Uncover remnants of both fairs such as hidden time capsules, the Fountain of the Planets, the Unisphere, and the historic New York State Pavilion. If you did attend back in the day, revisit the park and tell us your story! Flushing Meadows-Corona Park transformed from marshy wetlands to ash dump, to the site of not one, but two World’s Fairs. This tour explores the past, present, and future of this 900-acre park, an obsession of the late “Master Builder,” Robert Moses.
Victorian Flatbush Mansions Tour
Discover the spectacular mansions and history of Flatbush, a truly unique Brooklyn neighborhood. In many ways, the neighborhood best encapsulates the full history of Brooklyn — from its 17th-century Dutch colonial history to 19th-century residential growth to a population boom of working-class immigrant communities in the 20th century.
Greenwich Village Coffee Tour and Tasting
Drink your way through the surprising history of coffee in New York City on our Greenwich Village Coffee Tour and Tasting! On this tour, you will uncover the surprising history of coffee in New York City while exploring Greenwich Village, its iconic birthplace. You will learn how New York and coffee go hand-in-hand both in cultural and economic development. By the end of this experience you will have tasted: an espresso, a drip coffee, chocolate-covered coffee beans, and a cappuccino… so you will be caffeinated!
*Partner events including Monet’s Garden, ARTECHOUSE, and Classic Harbor Cruises are exempt from this sale. Insider discount applies to new memberships only.