Image via Wikimedia CommonsLibrary of Congress

Join noted Gilded Age historian, Esther Crain, for a trip back through the mists to those years when Edgar Allan Poe wandered New York City. A gifted storyteller, Esther skillfully weaves together historical facts, anecdotes, and imagery of the time. Untapped Cities Insiders will learn about Poe’s start in Manhattan, his journey from Greenwich Village to the fields of the Upper West Side and how this “shy, solitary, taciturn sort of man” would ease his mind with long walks down through the woods to the not-yet-created Riverside Park and his observations on Manhattan’s development and the end of its rural, spacious charm.

DATE: Thursday, November 8th 6:30PM–7:45PM

PRICE: FREE for Untapped Cities Insiders! ($10 for the general public)

CAPACITY: 25 guests. Spots allocated on a first come, first served basis.

REGISTRATION: Wednesday, October 31st at 12PM EST

Speaker Esther Crain is a writer, editor, and native New Yorker. In 2008, she launched Ephemeral New York, a website that chronicles the city’s past through photos, newspaper articles, art, and other artifacts. She is the author of The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910 (Black Dog & Leventhal/Hachette Book Group, 2016) as well as New York City in 3D in the Gilded Age (Black Dog & Leventhal, 2014). Both the book and the website have been featured in the New York Times, the New York PostThe Daily News, and Time Out New York, among other publications.


If you are already an Untapped Cities Insider, log in to your account and sign up for this tour on this page when registration opens on 10/31 at 12 PM EST.

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Tickets are limited to one per member, unless the member is an Explorer level member and can bring a guest. Tickets are non transferable and your membership must be active when the tour takes placeEach booking will be verified to ensure each guest is a member. 

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Brennan Farmhouse. From the collection of the New York Historical Society via Landmark West!

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