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Oct ,2015

Untapped Cities Offers Exclusive Tour of Woolworth Building Led By Cass Gilbert’s Great Grand-Daughter

from Untapped Cities website: ” In addition to a guided visit through the spectacular lobby, we will also visit the cellar level where the bank vault is located and where the former entrances to the subway are, and provide special access to the gorgeous mezzanine level. ” Cost $45, upcoming tour date Nov. 21, 4-5pm.…

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Original Pennsylvania Station-Interior-Tracks-Demolished-NYC

“A key catalyst to the formation of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission was the demolition of the original Pennsylvania Station in 1963. The new body made it its mission to protect New York City’s architecturally, historically, and culturally significant buildings and sites by granting them landmark or historic district status, and regulating them once they were designated.” (from Untapped Cities: 3/14/2016, “10 Controversial NYC Historical Buildings that were Demolished Or Redeveloped”.)

Pennsylvania Station, although looking much older, was only 53 years old when its demolition commenced in 1963. The glass ceiling had been painted over for safety during World War II and was never undone, lending to the perception of a station in decline. Penn Station’s demolition was precipitated by the bankrupting of the Pennsylvania Railroad, who was forced to sell its air rights. Top Ten Secrets of the Original Pennsylvania Station in New York (from Untapped Cities). Remnants of the original Penn Station abound in the replacement Penn StationThere used to be an underground passageway to Herald Square: “The Hilton Passageway gave access for commuters between Penn Station and the N/R/Q and B/D/F/M trains until the 1970s, when it was closed off due to security reasons. It was reputedly narrow and in a state of disrepair. Today, it is simply blocked off by bricks – you can see the original opening by the change in white bricks along the wall. ” (Untapped Cities). The original coal-fired power plant for the original Penn Station still exists hidden in plain sight: “The original coal-fired power plant of the station, built as a mirror image using the same Tennessee granite as the lost Stanford White masterpiece, still exists on 31st Street. Today, the power plant is a significant state of disrepair, with broken windows. As of 2003, it was reported by The New York Times that the building was used for “storage and backup systems.” While preservationists may fear for is survival, it shares the same block as the Capuchin Monastery of the Church of St. John and may have been one of the main reasons this block was left out of the proposal for the Access to the Region’s Core (ARC). “That’s one of the reasons why we rejected that block,” said David Widawsky, project lead for ARC. “It’s an historic church, and the only piece of Penn Station that’s still standing.”” (Untapped Cities).

How the original Penn Station looked from the outside, courtesy of, picture postcard image from Library of Congress:

Pennsylvania Station hresPennsylvania Station – Entire block Seventh to Eighth Avenues and 31st to 33rd Streets. Architects, McKim, Mead & White, 1901 – 1910. McKim’s masterpiece and the most significant single loss of a public building. Its destruction brought about the creation of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Demolished 1963-65. Replaced by the hideous mouse maze called Penn Station beneath the Penn Plaza office complex and Madison Square Garden.


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An Evening of Ghostly Intimations at Alice Austen House – tonight!

An Evening of Ghostly Intimations

Friday, October 30, 2015

8:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.

Join us for our third year exploring the links between photography, Victorian art, and occult phenomena. This year’s guests:

  • Photographer Shannon Taggart of the Morbid Anatomy Museum who will share stories and images from her 14-year project on the religion of Spiritualism and the practice of mediumship
  • PEN Award-winning historian Mitch Horowitz who will speak on the strange history of the spookiest “toy” ever made: The Ouija Board
  •  Acclaimed clairvoyant medium Paula Roberts who will describe how a properly conducted paranormal investigation is done and talk about her work as a clairvoyant counselor, psychic, and handwriting analyst for over 30 years.

The event is hosted by Paul Moakley, the museum’s caretaker and curator, who will tell the ghost story of the Alice Austen House dating back to the Revolutionary War.

RSVP is required. Please call (718) 816-4506 or email Seating is limited.

Presented by Alice Austen House and Museum of Morbid Anatomy.

Not recommended for children under 13 years old


Alice Austen House Museum in Alice Austen Park Accessible
2 Hylan Boulevard
Staten Island

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$10/ $8 Museum members

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The Antique Phonograph Music Program 20th Anniversary Show

43 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ

Tue Oct 27
7-10 PM


Editor’s Note
Recently-Times-profiled phonograph DJ Michael Cumella celebrates twenty years of his vintage radio program with a three-hour party and live broadcast. Using two restored analog gramophones (one each from 1905 and 1906), he recreates the listening experience of turn-of-the-century recordings, which were meant to be played on these machines and take on a very different quality when heard property. The evening includes burlesque, tap, live music, and of course an hour-long broadcast of the radio program.…

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Just like our talks we thought we’d keep this snappy:

  • A simple and relaxed evening that’s open to anyone interested in the quirkier side of life
  • Four curated speakers have ten minutes to give insightful, informative and informal presentations
  • Each month is as random as it comes, there are no set themes or topics for the evening.

Since launching in London in May 2013 over 75 speakers have taken to The Greenwich Series stage. We have heard about the possibility of parallel universes from an astronomer, we’ve myth busted the Freemasons and then had a pirate spook us with local ghost stories. Oh and this was all on one night!


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27th October

6.30pm Doors, 7pm Show

Jimmy’s No 43, 43 E 7th St

$5 on the door

*One of this month’s speakers deals with the design revolution of the mid-1960s as it was applied to the NYC subway system.

Jesse Reed

Exploring the hectic tangle of New York’s subway system was once an even more overwhelming task. A mess of signage and designs that varied station to station.


Then in the mid 1960’s a design revolution occurred that changed the very look of the Subway itself.


Jesse Reed will talk us through the process of designing how the subway’s signage looks and the successful Kickstarter project to bring that design guide back to life.

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The Subway Map: The Last 50 Years, The Next 50 Years

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 6:00pm – 9:30pm at Cooper Union

Timed to the 111th anniversary of the opening of the New York City subway on October 27, 1904, a group of historians and designers gather for a public symposium focusing on the past and future evolution of one of New York City’s most key graphic works: the subway map. Admission is free, but reservations are requested.

During its first half-century, maps of the subway were based on the three original operating companies (IRT, BMT, IMD). Although the subway was unified in 1940, it was not until 1964 that a new basic design was put forward by R. Raleigh D’Adamo that dispensed with the historical operating companies and introduced the modern nomenclature and color-coding of subway routes. Fifty years ago, in the fall of 1965, the Transit Authority adopted D’Adamo’s design concept. The highlight of the history section of this evening will be the launch of the first digital reconstruction of Raleigh D’Adamo’s highly influential hand-drawn map of 1964, which had been lost until last year. …

  • Introduction by Peter B. Lloyd: Why is the transit map an ‘ínformation design’ problem?
  • Presentation by R. Raleigh D’Adamo on how he created his 1964 map.
  • Presentation by Peter B Lloyd on how the map evolved after 1964.
  • Presentation by John Tauranac: who will show how to make today’s MTA subway map into the MTA subway map of tomorrow
  • Presentation by Eddie Jabbour on present and future transit mapping for mobile devices.
  • Panel discussion on how the subway map should evolve in the future.


The event is free but please RSVP. Attendees who RSVP will be rewarded with a postcard print of part of Raleigh D’Adamo’s subway map (the downtown segment). This is a Limited print run of 855, available only to attendees who RSVP on Eventbrite.

Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues


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From Gothamist: Photos: Revisit The 1929 Wall Street Crash, Which Began 86 Years Ago on 10/24

“On this day, investors traded a record 12,894,650 shares, following a precipitous market decline that kicked off in September. Panic seized Wall Street traders, with photographers capturing crowds gathering outside the New York Stock Exchange and the Sub-Treasury Building, which is now the Federal Hall National Memorial.

Though the stock exchange rallied a bit on Friday, it began crashing again on Monday, eventually leading to Black Tuesday’s total collapse. That collapse truly kicked off the Great Depression—stock market prices didn’t climb back up to pre-crash numbers until 1954. “

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Dark Victoriana at the Museum of Interesting Things

The Lofts at Prince
177 Prince Street, New York, NY

 Sun Oct 25

4 PM


from Flavorpill:

Editor’s Note
The New York 19th Century Society presents this program of lectures and presentations about the dark side of Victorian culture, followed by a Halloween edition of popular film ephemera program Museum of Interesting Things. Lectures include “Metaphor Made Flesh: Sweeney Todd, Cannibalism, and Class Warfare” and the theme for the speakeasy screening is Fright Night. Bring a hand to grab – this is a spooky night.
Zoë Leverant

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Live-Scored ‘Nosferatu’ in a Gothic Church

from Flavorpill:

Saint Peter’s Church
346 West 20th Street, New York, NY

Sat Oct 24
8 PM

$10-20 suggested donation


Editor’s Note
The nation’s first Gothic church provides a stunning backdrop for the 1922 horror classic, with a live score and spooky cartoon shorts accompanying the screening. Nosferatu has endured nearly 100 years thanks to its still-unsettling mood, memorable imagery, and lasting influence on horror filmmaking. And there is simply no better venue in which to see it.
Zoë Leverant


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