Join us this week as we explore a hi-tech production facility, an innovative artists housing complex an abandoned hospital, and more! Don’t forget, Untapped New York Insiders now get $10 off any Untapped New York public walking tour.

Remnants of the World’s Fair Tour


Wednesday, June 19th – Lit Salon: When Women Ran Fifth Avenue

When Women Ran 5th Avenue book cover and author headshot

Join author Julie Satow to celebrate the release of her new book, When Women Ran Fifth Avenue: Glamour and Power at the Dawn of American Fashion, at the Lit Salon! This candlelit evening is set inside the home of Untapped New York founder Michelle Young, who will lead a conversation with Satow and Untapped New York’s Chief Experience Officer Justin Rivers. There will be live music from the Brownstone Trio and complimentary Manhattans!

In-person tickets are sold out! Join the livestream! Untapped New York Insiders can join the livestream for free here.

Thursday, June 20th – Turn Yourself Into a Hologram at NYU Tandon @ The Yard

NYU Tandon @ the Yard

Get an inside look at the innovative work being done at NYU Tandon @ the Yard, New York City’s emerging media technology playground! See demonstrations of various hi-tech motion capture methods, immerse yourself in new worlds through giant LED screens, learn how technology brings stories to life for theme park rides, art installations, and more!

This tour is free for Untapped New York Insiders!

Saturday, June 22nd – Tour Westbeth Artists Housing

Westbeth Artist housing in the west village
Photo Courtesy of Westbeth Artists Housing

Uncover the history of this multi-building West Village site that was once home to Bell Labs, a scientific facility where breakthrough technologies were made, and now serves as an artists housing complex. You’ll see the current exhibit inside the Westbeth Gallery, take in views of the Hudson River from an 11th-floor balcony, and see more areas rarely viewed by the public.

This tour is free for Untapped New York Insiders!

Saturday, June 22nd – Nursing Tour of Ellis Island’s Abandoned Hospital

Nurses at Ellis Island Hospital

Step inside spaces typically off-limits to the public on a hard hat tour of the 29-building abandoned hospital complex on the lesser-traveled south side of Ellis Island. On this special tour, you’ll hear stories of the hospital’s unsung heroes, the nurses! As you explore spaces like the laundry building, contagious disease wards, autopsy rooms, staff house, and more, you’ll learn about the medical professionals who cared for immigrants at this facility.

Tour tickets include round-trip ferry transportation!

Saturday, June 22nd – Burning Gotham: Life in 1830s Manhattan Tour

Retrace the path of destruction from the Great Fire of 1835 and discover how Manhattan rebuilt after this winter tragedy during one of the most tumultuous decades in New York City history! You’ll meet characters of the era like P. T. Barnum and John Jacob Astor, hear some of the outlandish news stories of the day including reports of man-bats on the moon, learn about the chaotic tradition of Moving Day when all leases expired simultaneously, and find out if the cause of the fire was ever determined. Along the way, you’ll see iconic pre-1830’s landmarks including Fraunces Tavern, Bowling Green, and South Street Seaport.

Saturday, June 22nd – Secrets of the Brooklyn Bridge Tour

Group of tourgoers on the Brooklyn Bridge

Discover the Brooklyn Bridge’s secrets, including its old Cold War fall-out shelter, the hidden champagne vaults, an abandoned park hidden in plain sight, and more! Cross the bridge’s span and take in some of the best views in New York City. While you stroll across the 140-year-old bridge, you’ll hear about the family of engineers who built it and more little-known stories.

Sunday, June 23rd – Remnants of the World’s Fairs Tour

NYS Pavilion

Discover the hidden-in-plain-sight remnants of the 1939/40 and 1964/65 World’s Fairs inside Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Visit a 5000-year time capsule, view the original guidebooks, learn about the preservation of the New York State Pavilion, and end at the Queens Museum with a visit to the impressive Panorama of the City of New York!

Monday, June 24th – Uncover the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

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!

Monday, June 24th – Abandoned Island Sunset Cruise

Classic Harbor Line abandoned islands sail
Photo Courtesy of Classic Harbor Line

Learn about the history of New York City’s North and South Brother Islands on a sunset cruise narrated by an expert urban naturalist! For decades, these islands have been taken over by nature and now serve as a sanctuary for shorebirds. As you search for Black Crowned Night Herons among the crumbling ruins, you’ll uncover stories of a 19th-century quarantine hospital, the former summer estate of an early Yankees owner that met a fiery end, and more mysteries of the islands on the East River.

Wednesday, June 26th – Just City: The History of Mitchell-Lama Housing on the UWS w/ Jennifer Baum

Mitchel-Lama Housing

Join author Jennifer Baum for a virtual talk about her recently released book, Just City: Growing Up on the Upper West Side When Housing Was a Human Right! Uncover the history and influence of the Mitchell-Lama housing program, learn about the evolution of the West Side Urban Renewal Area, discover how the Mitchell-Lama housing program changed the Upper West Side by fostering community, collectivism, and tolerance in brutalist buildings, and examine the flaws in the program.

This virtual talk is free for Untapped New York Insiders!

Wednesday, June 26th – Underground Subway Tour

Tour guide with group in the NYC subway

Discover the largest art installation in the subway system, see architectural ghosts of partially abandoned stations as you ride through, and use the subway as your own personal time machine. This tour covers the history of the subway from its opening day in 1904 to the present day. We’ll search for remnants of the decommissioned City Hall station (the very first NYC subway station!) in City Hall Park and discuss the latest subway developments.

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