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This week, we are excited to explore the Met’s new plaza, a green design boat cruise, and sausage-making, while the weekend will be filled with cider appreciation, creative dog costumes, and an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Brooklyn Army Terminal.

Monday, October 20th

At 12 p.m., guides from the architecture firm OLIN will be giving a tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s David Koch Plaza as part of Archtober, a month-long initiative of The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation. The David Koch Plaza is finally open after a two year construction period, and according to the Museum’s website, boasts “completely new fountains, paving, and facade lighting, along with allées and bosques of trees leading to the Museum’s entrances from north and south, and seating areas for visitors.” Register on Archtober’s website, and read our other top picks of the festival’s events.

Tuesday, October 21st

The Lower East Side Ecology is hosting a Storm Resiliency Harbor Cruise focused on the “importance of green design and infrastructure for a more sustainable New York City.” Big U Project designers Bjarke Ingels and Laura Starr will discuss their design to protect Lower Manhattan, which won funding from the Rebuild by Design competition, a government call for design proposals that would protect the northeast region from future storms after Hurricane Sandy. The tour will be moderated by Venetia Lannon, the Regional Director of NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and will depart from South Street Seaport at 6 p.m.. Check out some of our favorite designs submitted tor the Rebuild by Design competition here.

Wednesday, October 22nd

For those New Yorkers brave enough to intimately know where their food comes from, the Bedford Cheese Shop is hosting a Hog Butchery class at its shop in Williamsburg at 7 p.m.. Participant will dissect “a hormone free, heritage Berkshire pig from Roaming Acres Farm in Sussex County, New Jersey,” to learn about the different cuts of meat, as well as make pork sausage during the class to take home. Learn more about this hands-on experience on the Shop’s website.

Thursday, October 23rd

Brooklyn Brewery will be hosting its fourth dinner party at restaurant Humboldt & Jackson. The Brewery’s best and rarest beers will be paired with Chef Andrew Gerson’s local seafood courses. Seafood is this dinner’s theme, sourced from sustainable providers Sea to Table and Island Creek Oysters. Get your tickets here, and check out our Top 12 Microbreweries in NYC.

Friday, October 24th

Cider Week NYC begins with cider tastings, pairings, events, classes, and more across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens from October 24th to November 2nd. Try out some cider cocktails, munch on some rare apple varieties, and even pair cider with cheese! Check out the full schedule of events here.

At  6:30 p.m., Urban Park Rangers will give lantern-lit tours of the Fort Totten Park water battery located along the park’s edge. Civil War Captain Robert E. Lee proposed the battery’s construction in 1857 to defend the New York Harbor, and visitors can still see inscriptions soldiers carved in the walls while stationed there. For more historic buildings, check out our articles on The Forts of NYC and 20 Abandoned Places in NYC.

Saturday, October 25th

Hundreds of dogs and their owners came to the Tompkins Square Park Village Dog Parade last year to see and be seen at the the largest dog costume parade in the world. This year, the fun begins on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. in Tompkins Square Park. Dress Fido up to compete with other dogs for thousands of dollars in prizes!

On Saturday, October 25th at 1 p.m., historian Jeff Richmond will be giving a “spirited stroll” of the Green-Wood Cemetery in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, which serves as the resting place of 560,000 deceased who include Civil War veterans, Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Samuel Morse. The walk will include a tour of the Catacombs, which are normally closed to the public. More photos of the beautiful grounds can be seen here, and check out our article on a map of the cemetery’s vast 478 acres.

Sunday, October 26th

Join Untapped Cities for a tour of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park, Brooklyn at 2 pm. The terminal is four million square feet of history, which dates back to the days of World War I. It is also one of the most stunning architectural places in the city, open to the public only in the last few years. Built in only 17 months by architect Cass Gilbert, the Brooklyn Army Terminal has been used for various purposes since it first broke ground in 1818. During the Prohibition years, the Federal Government used the Terminal as a storage and disposal center for alcohol. Not long after, the terminal began to fulfill its original purpose, as it was the largest supply base for the U.S military during World War II. It is the place where American Icon Elvis Presley shipped out to Germany. Don’t miss it, get your tickets here!

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