New York City's Secrets and Lies

TUE // APR 09 // 06:30PM

Can you tell the difference between a secret and a lie when it involves New York City history? 4 expert storytellers will dazzle you with secrets of our shining city's past, but one of them is telling a fake story. Separate fact from fiction and you'll be in the running to win a fantastic prize! Each show also features a special guest who is a true NYC secret, someone who's flying under the radar, doing incredible creative work, and will tell you all about it at the show. Hosted by Christa Avampato.

Doors 6:30 PM, show 7:00 PM.
Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door.
This event is mixed seated and standing room. Seats are first-come, first-served.
REFUND POLICY: Tickets maybe be refunded up to 24 hours before the event. Within 24 hours we may take exchanges for other events at our discretion. No refunds after the event.

"Money makes the world go 'round" is a widely-used saying invented right here in New York City so this month New York City's Secrets and Lies is getting into the wheelin' and dealin' that's    been flying around this city since it began. Corruption! Extortion! Bribery! Organized crime! Greed! But there's a catch: one of us has completely fabricated the story we're going to tell you. Can you spot the lie that's just too scandalous    to be true? If so, we've got a big, fat prize with your name on it from Untapped Cities. Join us and test your knowledge of NYC secret history!


Christa Avampato

Christa makes a living in business and a life as a writer. A storyteller, tour guide, journalist, and award-winning author, Christa has a deep and unabiding passion for New York City and the secrets it holds. She began her career managing Broadway shows    and national theater tours, and now works with performing arts organizations and museums to help them use technology to grow their audiences.

She's been an invited speaker on the power of the imagination at SXSW, Games for Change, New York University, and Columbia University. Christa's writing has been featured in The Washington Post, PBS, Cheddar, and Kirkus Reviews Magazine.    You will always find her sharing her never-ending curiosity on Twitter @christanyc, Instagram @christarosenyc, and her daily blog, Curating a Creative Life, at  


Edith Gonzalez
Dr. Edith Gonzalez is a native Nuyorican with four graduate degrees in various sub-disciplines of anthropology/archaeology. By day, she is an historical anthropologist and senior administrator at the City University    of New York; researching capitalism, introduction of non-native species, and bio-prospecting in the 18th-century, English-speaking Caribbean. By night, she has a "slight" obsession with Lord of the Rings, and the dance intersection of late    70's disco and early 80's punk. She has performed at Take Two Storytelling, The Dump, and Under St Marks (among others). As a two-time Smut Slam champion, she also enjoys telling dirty stories to a room full of strangers.

Erin Hunkemoeller

Erin is a teacher, tour guide, event host, dancer, and storyteller. She teaches high school Spanish in New York City at the Urban Assembly Maker Academy where she uses curiosity and drama to drive her classes. Erin travels the country leading workshop    sessions about language teaching. 

Even though she only moved to NYC two years ago from Dayton, Ohio, Erin immediately fell in love with the city and made it her mission to learn as much as humanly possible about her new home, so she became a licensed NYC tour guide. She gives dessert    tours of the city with Sugartooth Tours officially, however, she rarely makes it two blocks down any street without spouting fun facts and the history of wherever she is.

Anne Huston
Anne Huston has spent the last 5 years cutting their teeth as a production manager and AEA stage manager in NYC. Their productions have included The Royale (LCT), Preludes (LCT3), Ironbound (Rattlestick),    Cygnus (Women’s Project Pipeline Festival), Peerless, Me, My Mouth & I, To The Bone (Cherry Lane Theatre), 41-derful (Clubbed Thumb), Grounded (Page 73), and a good handful of shows    at The Flea Theater (Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love, a cautionary tail, I Hate Fucking Mexicans, #serials@TheFlea, The Shakes: Romeo and Juliet). Learn more about their theater company, Decent Company, a New York-based collective dedicated to the advancement of the theatrical writer / performer.

Ashley Semrick

Ashley is a lead educator at the Blue School in Manhattan, an independent school founded in 2006 by the Blue Man Group. (She does not paint herself blue.) 

Ashley is also an NYC Tour Guide obsessed with New York City history, and specializes in stories surrounding the Brooklyn Bridge. She is currently writing a biography about Emily Warren Roebling, unsung STEAM heroine of the Victorian era, and also performs    regularly as a cellist and singer/songwriter with her rock band, After School Special.  Find her on Twitter and Instagram at @HelloSemrick.

Alex Taylor 

Alex grew up an athlete, came to New York to be an actor, and is first and foremost a voracious reader and lover of stories. She's performed everything from classic Shakespeare to badass sci fi feminist theater, and loves working with playwrights    and directors to create new stories and characters, as well as interpreting established and classic works in new and exciting ways. When she's not on stage or grinding away at a day job, she's bingeing cooking-related television (with an Italian    mother, cooking is basically mandatory), or any true-crime related Netflix docuseries she can find. Her best fun fact is that she was once a Human of NY! Keep up with Alex at and @taylorrosealex on Instagram.

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