Join us this week as we uncover the forgotten history of New York City’s southernmost town, sip our way through Manhattan’s coffee history, dive into a new immersive experience, and more. Don’t forget, Untapped New York Insiders now get $10 off any Untapped New York public walking tour!

Abandoned Ellis Island Hard Hat Tour

Ellis Island

Thursday, April 11th – Enter an Immersive Afro-Surrealist Experience

Afro-Frequencies at Artechouse
Photo Courtesy of Artechouse

Gain free admission to ARTECHOUSE NYC’s newest immersive experience, AṢẸ: Afro Frequencies! The spirit of aṣẹ — a powerful affirmation and philosophical belief held by the Yoruba people of West Africa, meaning “so will it be” — reverberates throughout this vibrant and meditative exhibition. As you enter this innovative art space in the basement of Chelsea Market, you’ll be enveloped by the vibrant Afrosurrealist work of London-based digital artist Vince Fraser along with poetry by Ursula Rucker. This event is free for Untapped New York Insiders!

Friday, April 12th – Ride Through NYC’s First Subway Station

Subway tour

Use the subway car as your own personal time machine as you travel through abandoned stations and trace the evolution of the transit system from its earliest days to the present. Along the way, uncover hidden art installations, forgotten passageways, and quirky historical anecdotes. You’ll also stop at the partially abandoned Chambers Street station, soon to be renovated by the MTA.

Saturday, April 13th – Drink Coffee Across Greenwich Village

A group of people drinking coffee

Sip on an espresso from the coffee shop with NYC’s first espresso maker, nibble on chocolare-covered coffee beans, and visit the oldest coffee shops in the city on this tour through Greenwich Village! As you get caffineated, you’ll learn about the birth of New York Coity’s coffee industry, and find some suprises, like the birth of the off-off-Broadway scene.

Saturday, April 13th – Hard Hat Tour of Ellis Island’s Abandoned Hospital

Ellis Island

Explore the abandoned Ellis Island Hospital complex which has served as a medical facility, a US Coast Guard base, and an FBI detention center then was left to decay for nearly 60 years. Now, Untapped New York has partnered with Save Ellis Island to create an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour where you will explore the laundry building, contagious disease wards, autopsy rooms, staff house, and more spaces as you walk in the footsteps of the immigrants who were there a hundred years ago.

This tour runs on Saturdays and select Sundays!

Saturday, April 13th – Stroll Along 5th Avenue’s Gilded Age Mansions

Stroll along the illustrious Manhattan thoroughfare of 5th Ave as you listen to scandalous tales of 19th-century high society and visit the sites where they transpired. You’ll stop outside opulent mansions that still stand from that time, and examine stunning photographs of those that have been lost. You’ll even get to step into a grand home designed by noted architect Stanford White (and now contains a hidden bookstore!).

Sunday, April 14th – Explore The Velvet Undergound’s NYC

St. Mark's

DIve into the 1960s avant-garde music scene as you visit iconic performane venues, apartment buildings, and other sites related to the formation and rise of the legendary rock band The Velvet Underground!

This tour is just $5 for Untapped New York Insiders! Not an Insider yet? Use code JOINUS and get your first month free,

Monday, April 15th – Uncover the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

A group of tourgoers at an Untapped New York Event at Grand Central Terminal

Peer into hidden tennis courts, find out what’s hiding beneath the iconic clock at the center of the main concourse, visit an office-turned-speakeasy, and uncover more secrets of this historic train terminal! Though one of the most iconic landmarks of NYC today, Grand Central was once threatened by demolition much like Penn Station. Learn about the rise, fall, and redemption of this grand building!

This tour runs every day of the week!

Wednesday, April 17th – Uncover the Forgotten History of Tottenville

Conference House on Staten Island

Discover the history made in New york City’s southernmost town, Tottenville, Staten Island. Tottenville resident and author Angie Mangino shares fascianting tales about the native Lenape people, the first European settlers, and the Revolutionary War as explored in her book, 17th Century Tottenville History Comes Alive.

This event is free for Untapped New York Insiders!

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