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Dim-sum disco parties, vintage subway car rides, a roaring 20s party inside a crypt, and much more. We at Untapped Cities have a feeling that this Halloween week will be one to remember!
Between 11 am and 3:30 pm, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will give subway riders the opportunity to ride two vintage nostalgia trains (one from the 1910s, the other from the 1950s) during their everyday commute. The trains will run along the 2 and 3 train lines, making express stops from 42nd Street to 96th Street. Get the timetable here, and check out our coverage of past nostalgia trains.
Head down to the Astor Center in the East Village at 6:30 for “New York’s State of Mind, Cider and Cheese,” as part of Cider Week NYC. Taste several varieties of cheese and cider from the northeastern region, and learn about cider production and history. Grab your tickets here!
The Greenwich Village Historic Society will be unveiling a plaque commemorating Filmore East, a famed concert hall open from 1968-71 and brought in performers such as “B.B. King, The Doors, B.B. King, Roberta Flack, The Byrds, Richie Havens, Taj Mahal, Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd, Joan Baez, Jeff Beck, the Staple Singers, and many more.” The celebration will take place at 5 pm on 105 Second Avenue at East 6th Street.
Friends of the + POOL, the world’s first water-filtering pool for the East River, are hosting a Fall Swim Benefit at Jane’s Carousel. Expect carousel rides, cocktails, raw bar by Village Fishmonger, apps by BITE catering.
On Thursday, October 30th at 8:30 pm, the HallowMEME Costume Party will kick off at the Brooklyn Bell House venue. Those attending will dress as their favorite internet memes, with last year’s participants showing up in their interpretations of “Hot Dogs or Legs?,” “Texts from Hillary,” and “Shiba Confessions.” RSVP your spot here.
Looking for an alternative Halloween? Check out our top 10 off-the-beaten path picks for this Friday.
The historic crypt underneath the Church of the Intercession has hosted everything from movie shoots to jazz nights, including an exclusive fan concert for the 2012 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. The New York Adventure Club will be returning to the space with a Halloween costume dance party featuring a Roaring ’20s live brass band, unlimited beer and wine, and a costume competition hosted by Reverend Jen of the Troll Museum. Win 2 tickets through our giveaway and buy tickets here.
An electro party in a dim sum place in Chinatown? Enter after-hours through the bizarro mini mall under the Manhattan Bridge. In Tiki Disco, a special Halloween edition, the usual eclectic, top-notch set of dance tunes are promised from DJs Eli Escobar, Andy Pry and Lloydski, with a few spooky jams thrown in for good measure. Tickets here.
Each year the non-profit Storefront for Art and Architecture hosts a costume contest that addresses critical concepts, or
“the most feared ghosts,” in art and architectural production today. This year’s theme will be “I-Relevance,” which according to the Storefront’s website, will ask “artists, architects, writers, and citizens to address the concept of Irrelevance within contemporary culture and contemporary digital platforms.” Untapped Cities founder Michelle Young wrote about last year’s competition here. Get your tickets for this year’s competition on the Storefront’s website.
Celebrate the Mexican festival El Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, organized by the community organization Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders. From 10 am to 12 pm, visitors can bring pictures of their departed loved ones and marigolds to adorn the community altar, and then take part in the Procession for the Innocents leaving from Union Square at 2 pm.
If you’re not ready to let the Halloween spirit go, sign up for The Amazing Ghosts of New York Scavenger Hunt hosted by Pogo Events. The hunt begins at Galway Pub on East 36th Street, but takes participants all around Manhattan on both a physically and mentally challenging race across the island. Learn more here.
Experience more of El Día de Muertos with a poetry reading, live traditional Mexican folk music followed by a mariachi band performance and the dismantling of the altar. Read the entire program of events organized by Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders.
Did we miss any events? Let us know by contacting Anna Brown at her Twitter handle @brooklynbonanza.