From locations you never knew existed to places usually off-limits, the new season of The City Concealed explores a wide range of hidden sites. We’ll visit the birthplace of the jazz speakeasy in Harlem, and check in on the last remaining Greek synagogue in the Lower East Side. We’ll visit the original baseball stadium of the New York Black Yankees of the Negro Leagues, and take you to a circa 1917 fort in the Rockaways. And much more.
New episodes of The City Concealed will be featured each week, beginning Tuesday, November 9.
Here’s a preview of what’s to come:
Swing Street (Nov. 9): Author David Freeland (Automats, Taxi Dances, and Vaudeville: Excavating Manhattan’s Lost Places of Leisure) gives a tour of 133rd Street, the birthplace of the jazz speakeasy in New York City, and visits the abandoned ruins of popular jazz club The Nest.
Greek Synagogue (Nov. 16): Designated a landmark by the City of New York in 2004, Kehila Kedosha Janina is the last Greek synagogue in New York City, and remains largely unchanged since being built in 1927 by Romaniote Jews from Janina, Greece.
Hinchliffe Stadium (Nov. 30): Located beside the Great Falls of the Passaic River in Paterson, New Jersey, Hinchliffe Stadium was once the home of the New York Black Yankees of the Negro Leagues. Opened in 1932, the stadium housed numerous other sports, including football and autoracing.
December and beyond:
Park Slope Armory: Re-opened in 2010, the Park Slope Armory is the former home of the 14th Brooklyn Company E that served in the Union Army during the Civil War and Spanish American War. Once the site of military drills, the armory is now an athletic and educational center operated by the YMCA.
Fort Tilden: Constructed in 1917, Fort Tilden is located at the southern tip of the Rockaways in Queens. Now abandoned, the fort is presently operated by the National Park Service.
The Remote Trails of Staten Island: Hiking trails through thick forest in Staten Island that offer an escape from noise of the city.