Image via Wikimedia Commons, Library of Congress

Untapped Cities Insiders are invited to join social historian Tom Miller (aka the “Daytonian in Manhattan” blogger) for a hoot of an evening of hoaxes, tall tales, ultra-fake news–and the masses who fell for it all. In 19th century New York City, just about anything could happen, even things that…couldn’t. At this lecture presented by Landmark West, Miller will reach into his mesmerizing bag o’ history and to pull out tales of giant man-bats, sapphire temples and city streets overrun with wild animals.

DATE: Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 at 6:30PM- 7:45PM

PRICE: FREE for Untapped Cities Insiders! ($15 for the general public)

CAPACITY: 15 guests. Spots allocated on a first come, first served basis.


Speaker Tom Miller, a historian and preservationist, is the voice of Daytonian in Manhattan, a hugely popular blog started seven years ago, in which he has covered more than 2,700 Manhattan buildings, statues, fountains and “other points of interest that make Manhattan fascinating”. He is the author of Seeking New York: The Stories Behind the Historic Architecture of Manhattan–One Building at a Time (Pimpernel Press, 2015). His companion book, Seeking Chicago, will be available in March.


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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 place. Each booking will be verified to ensure each guest is a member. 

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