This week marks the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day Weekend! Join us as we celebrate the opening of the 1964 World’s Fair, explore an abandoned hospital, and more! Don’t forget, Untapped New York Insiders now get $10 off any Untapped New York public walking tour!

Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal

Wednesday, May 22nd: Family Histories on the Lower East Side with Illustrator Ellen Weinstein

Five Stories book illustration
Courtesy of Ellen Weinstein

Get behind-the-scenes insight into how Weinstein wrote and illustrated the multi-generational family histories featured in her new picture book, Five Stories. Learn about the daily lives of families in different decades throughout the 20th century, see a visual timeline of a changing street, and take part in a Q&A with the author.

This live virtual talk is free for Untapped New York Insiders! Not an Insider yet? Become a member today with promo code JOINUS and get your first month free!

Friday, May 24th – Uncover Secrets of the Subway

Brooklyn Subway Tour

Use the subway 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, May 25th – 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, and more off-limits spaces.

This tour runs on Saturdays and select Sundays!

Sunday, May 26th – Fifth Ave Gilded Age Mansion Tour

Gilded Age mansions tour

Take a stroll along 5th Avenue and see it as it was during the Gilded Age when the grand mansions that line this illustrious street were occupied by the country’s first millionaires and New York City’s high society! Your expert guide will regale you with society gossip of the time, sharing stories of lavish costume balls and more goings-on inside each opulent home.

Sunday, May 26th – World’s Fair Fanfare

Unisphere

Celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 1964 World’s Fair by joining Untapped New York’s Chief Experience Officer Justin Rivers on a historic site tour with pop-up performances from Queensboro Dance Festival representing countries present at the World’s Fair, including China, Africa, Philippines, Caribbean, Greece, and Ireland. This special event, presented by Queens Theatre, also in partnership with World’s Fair Historian Bill Cotter and Queens Economic Development Corporation, starts at 2:00 PM at the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. This event is free! No tickets needed!

Monday, May 27th – Uncover the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal Tour

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, May 29th – After-Hours Tour of “Wonder City” at Post House

Wonder City Exhibit at Poster House

The term “Wonder City” had been applied to other cities across the globe before, but in 1914 New York claimed it on a souvenir booklet. In the new exhibit at Poster House, Wonder City of the World: New York City Travel Posters, visitors can see the various ways artists and advertisers have used imagery and words to entice travelers, immigrants, and tourists to come to the five boroughs for nearly a hundred years.

Join an after-hours tour of the exhibit led by Es-pranza Humphrey, Assistant Curator of Collections! This tour is free for Untapped New York Insiders!

Next, check out Exclusive Insider-Only May Events!