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Image via Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao

Autumn is in full swing, and this week, we are excited for cocktail parties, parades, haunted houses, and much more!

Monday, October 13th

At 6:30 pm, The Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation is hosting authors and tour guides James and Michelle Nevius for a discussion regarding their latest book, Footprints in New York: Tracing the Lives of Four Centuries of New YorkersThe website describes that “in a talk illustrated with vintage photos and old maps, James and Michelle will focus on the stories in Footprints in New York that are connected to Greenwich Village, from Peter Stuyvesant’s bowery to Bob Dylan’s MacDougal Street.” Click here to register, and give yourself a bit of context for the talk by reading up on some of the quirks and histories of Greenwich Village.

Tuesday, October 14th

The highly anticipated Albertine Festival begins October 14th at Albertine, the only French bookstore in New York City. Housed in a former the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, a former Gilded Age Mansion on 5th Avenue and 79th Street, the festival will celebrate Alberitine’s opening, featuring discussions between French and American artists and thinkers, including: Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner; Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz; author and filmmaker Marjane Satrapi; filmmaker Olivier Assayas (Paris, je t’aime); and Fields Medal-winning mathematician and author of Théorème vivant Cédric Villani. Visit the French Embassy’s website for the full program of events, and take a look at the feature by Untapped Cities founder Michelle Young, who visited the bookstore and took photographs of its stunning interior.

Wednesday, October 15th

The exhibit Assembled Realities, featuring photographs by Taiwanese photographer Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, begins at The Museum of the City of New York. Using different techniques and large format photography, Liao pushes the boundaries of the traditional artistic format to capture the city as it is actually viewed–by countless people, from all different perspectives. Visit the MCNY’S website for more information, and check out Untapped Cities contributor Marta Elliot’s in-depth piece on the exhibit.

As part of the month-long NYC architecture festival Archtober, The Architecture & Design Film Festival will take place at Tribeca Cinemas from October 15 – 19 and will show case more than 30 films, panel discussions, book signings and Q&A’s with design leaders and film makers from around the world. It is the nation’s largest film festival celebrating architecture and design. The film Gray Matters, which traces the life of designer and architect Eileen Gray, will be the first shown on opening night. Check out the festival’s website for more information, and our 20 Great Events to Check out at 2014 Archtober Festival in NYC.

Thursday, October 16th

The 2014 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival begins, with more than 100 events hosted by top culinary icons. Highlights include a dessert buffet hosted by Dominique Ansel (inventor of the Cronut) at The Standard Hotel, a night of fried chicken and donuts with Whoopi Goldberg at Central Park’s Loeb Boathouse, and a cocktail party hosted by Rachel Ray at the Bowery Hotel. All proceeds from the events go to the hunger-relief programs of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign and the Food Bank for New York City.

Friday, October 17th

For those yearning to get an early start on the Halloween spirit, look no more. At 7pm the Merchant’s House Museum will host Chant Macabre: Songs from the Crypt, an evening of spooky rarely-performed 19th century songs sung by the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society in the Museum’s 19th century Victorian Parlor Room. The Museum is the only remaining 19th-century family home in New York City whose exteriors and interiors are both preserved, and according to many, remains haunted by those who left it behind. For more obscure museum fun, check out Top Ten Off-the-Radar Museums in NYC and our 13 Historic Houses Converted into Museums in Manhattan.

Saturday, October 18th

Street art group The L.I.S.A. Project is hosting its free 2nd anniversary party, “Creation is Always Happening,” at the Temper Tot Lot, 114 Mulberry Street with a street art battle, free beer and free wine. See more work from The L.I.S.A. Project on Untapped.

Head to 62 Mott Street at 11am for the The 6th Annual Marco Polo Festival, a celebration of the “special relationship between the Chinese and Italian American communities of Manhattan’s Chinatown and Little Italy.” The festival interprets the 11th century encounters of Venetian explorer Marco Polo and Kublai Khan, the Monogolian ruler of the area that today encompasses China, and draws “a parallel of the historic encounter and lived experiences of the Chinese & Italian immigrants on Mott and Mulberry Streets during America’s most important part of immigration history.” Don’t miss the opening parade featuring large-scale marionettes of the two rulers, and a 50 inch long silk banner that represents the Silk Road 

Sunday, October 19th

On Sunday, October 19th at 4pm Untapped Cities is hosting a walking tour with historian and author David Freeland through the remnants of the area of Manhattan once known as The Tenderloin. This area, which turned into the northern part of Chelsea, was home to New York City’s red light district, its dance clubs and gambling houses. Join us following the tour for an optional cocktail at the hidden speakeasy Bathtub Gin! Tickets going fast so grab yours here, and learn more about the history of the Tenderloin from our interview with David Freeland.

Know of any other events worth mentioning on our list? Contact Anna Brown at her Twitter handle @brooklynbonanza

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