We have some exciting New York City events to start the year off with. Our picks for this week include the vibrant Three Kings Parade in East Harlem, a holiday tree recycling event, a No Pants Subway Ride, and of course, our very own Untapped Cities exclusive tour taking place over the weekend. So be sure so check these events out for a fun start to 2016.
Did you know F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of the Great Gatsby, was also a talented songwriter? Well now you can hear some of the songs he wrote in college before he became a famed author by heading over to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center and watching an edition of the musical Fie! Fie! Fi-Fi!: Forgotten Songs of F. Scott Fitzgerald. The original play was presented by the Princeton Triangle Club in 1914, with lyrics and book by the talented, 17-year old Fitzgerald. Rediscover one of the nation’s greatest authors at this one-night event.
Sit back and relax at the Museum of Modern Art with a screening of the Maltese Falcon starring Humphrey Bogart. Delve into the mystery and adventures of the iconic detective Sam Spade in this 1941 classic detective film (based on Dashiell Hammett’s novel) for an enjoyable evening.
New York City is home to many big, famous parades, but if you’re looking for a less crowded (but still fun) parade to attend, check out the 39th annual Three Kings Parade hosted by El Museo happening in East Harlem in the early afternoon. The event is free and there will be live camels, parrandas and vibrantly colored puppets. The parade starts at 106th St. and Lexington Ave. and ends on 115th St. and Park Ave. Afterwards, go to El Museo Del Barrio for a music performance and free admission to Las Galerías.
You can also discover New York City’s hidden bar scene during the Prohibition Era on a Speakeasy Bar tour in Manhattan. This three-hour tour will take you to four of many secret bars that opened when the transportation and sale of alcohol was prohibited in 1920s America. In addition, you’ll get to see the oldest bar in New York.
To celebrate the the final week of its exhibition on 1960s folk music, Folk City, the Museum of the City of New York is hosting Folk City with Dominic Chianese. At the event, Dominic Chianese, a singer who was MC at Gerde’s Folk City in addition to acting in The Sopranos, The Godfather II, and Boardwalk Empire, will share stories and sing for the evening.
Get a taste of cultures around the world without leaving New York City at the New York Times Travel Show taking place at the Javits Center from January 8-10. There will be over 500 international exhibitor booths, over 100 cultural presentations, and over 150 travel experts and speakers to help you start planning your future vacations. The event includes live performances on five cultural stages, international food samplings, and exclusive discounts and travel offers around the world.
Learn about activism in a unique way at the Museum of the City of New York’s exhibition Activist New York, which shows the ways New Yorkers have fought for their fights over the past 350 years. At Outfitting New York City Activism, you’ll learn about the Civil Rights movement in New York City and activists like Ella Baker, and get to make a paper doll activist for a civil rights march.
For the environmentally-conscious, check out Mulchfest 2016 (which also runs on January 10) at designated New York City Parks. Bring your holiday tree to this eco-friendly event, so that it can be recycled into wood chips to nourish plants around New York City. You can also take your own bag of mulch home for your backyard. More than 30,000 trees were recycled last year, and you can help continue this trend next week.
For those who don’t mind trying out strange things, there’s the No Pants Subway Ride happening at various subway stations around New York City, which will be released a week before the event. This event is a tradition by now; in January 2002, the Improv Everywhere’s Charlie Todd produced the first No Pants Subway Ride and posted the occurrence on youtube, where it rapidly gained popularity and remains a surprisingly popular event today. All you need are winter clothes (minus your pants) and a desire to prank daily commuters.
You can also attend the exclusive Untapped Cities tour of the remnants of Penn Station! During this tour, Tamara Agins, the project manager at NYC Department of City Planning, and author of our popular article on the Secrets of Grand Central will teach you about the destruction of Penn Station and show you its secrets. The tour will cover past, present and future plans for the bustling Penn Station, and you’ll get to learn about its historic vestiges. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity!
You can view our other tours here.