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Enjoy your first week of October with several fun and exciting events, including two insider tours, a huge pizza party and a new exhibition that explores the cultural dynamics of gay New York.

Monday, October 3rd

Join New York Adventure Club for a rare visit inside New York City’s largest (and newest) recycling facility, SIMS Municipal Recycling Plant, located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Led by a SIMS Municipal staff member, the tour will visit the main facility where the recycling sorting equipment is kept. The tour begins at 7:00 p.m at the 2nd Floor of the Sims Municipal Recycling center. Tickets are $24 – $29; sign up here.

In celebration of the Hell Gate Bridge turning 100 years old, photographer Dave “The Bridge Man” Frieder will unveil his newest exhibition, ‘Building the Hell Gate Bridge – The Photography of Dave Frieder.” The event, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the G.A.H.S. Lecture Hall on 35-20 Broadway (fourth floor), will be followed by a lecture about the bridge’s construction. It is being presented as part of the year-long Hellgate Bridge Centennial Program with support from NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the membership of the Greater Astoria Historical Society. Tickets are $ 5 (members free).

Tuesday, October 4th

Join a walking tour of Greenwich Village and see where history was documented by iconic Village Voice photographer, Fred W. McDarrah. Since the second half of the 20th century, McDarrah has chronicled the changing landscape of the city, including its landmarks, such as Washington Square Park and the Stonewall Inn. The tour leaves from Christopher Park (at the Stonewall Pl. entrance) at 10:00 a.m. Purchase tickets ($15.00 for students and seniors, $25.oo for adults) here.

Wednesday, October 5th

Join Esther Crain, the writer behind Ephemeral New York, as she presents her new book, The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910 (Hachette Book Group, 2016), which explores the day-to-day life of New Yorkers during the late nineteenth century. The free event will be held at the Museum at Eldridge Street at 6:30 p.m.

“New York’s Biggest Pizza Party” will take place in Soho. Eat pizza samples from over 50 of New York City’s best pizzerias as part of Slice Out Hunger’s annual $1 Slice Night. 100% of the proceeds will go to those in need. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. on 155 Sullivan Street (at Houston).

Thursday, October 6th

On October 6 at 6:00 pm, the Museum of the City of New York will celebrate the launch of its newest exhibition, Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York, with a panel discussion that explores the cultural dynamics of gay New York. Join artist Harmony Hammond, author Sarah Schulman, artists and activist Peter Cramer and Jack Waters, and Slate Editor Bryan Lowder for the talk. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors and $15 for members (Price includes admission to the opening reception for the exhibition.)

Friday, October 7th

The New Yorker Festival invites prominent figures across various disciplines (literature, film, music, theatre, tech, activism and more) to participate in a series of events and panel discussions. This year, the line-up of speakers includes Bruce Springsteen, Daniel Craig, and Louis C.K., just to name a few. For more information, visit The New Yorker Festival website.

Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York opens at the Museum of the City of New York. The exhibition will explore New York’s role as a beacon for LGBTQ artists seeking freedom and acceptance.

Saturday, October 8th

New York’s 27th Annual Autumn Crafts Festival, featuring over 280 craft displays from every region of the United States, will be held outside the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts starting at 11 a.m. Admission is free. 

Sunday, October 9th

The Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pier 83 on West 43rd Street and Hudson River Park. Watch for free or board a spectator boat, which will ride alongside the tugs during the race. Buy tickets here ($25.00 for adults, $20.00 for seniors). 

Also check out our full schedule of Behind the Scenes tours in NYC.

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