Welcome to 2017! Here are the unique events we’re looking forward to checking out in New York City in the next week, starting this weekend!
Saturday, January 7th
Untapped Cities has brought back its popular tour the Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam. The Dutch influence is felt in many hidden relics south of Wall Street. This includes the massive one hidden in plain sight: the original street grid embedded in lower Manhattan grid today.
Join us with Manhattan’s first map in hand as you trace the streets of Manhattan in 1667 and don’t forget, you get 2 for 1 tickets during NYC Attractions Week which starts today. Use discount code AWW17 on checkout. On this tour, you’ll hear about New York’s founding myths and facts while standing in the very spots they all happened. Tour highlights include a look at the remains of Manhattan’s first City Hall, a walk of the city’s original coast line, discovering the original Dutch fort, wind mill, and the original battery. Physically touch history as we also spend time finding out why Bowling Green has its name and why it’s been so important in our city’s history.
Sunday, January 8th
At 3pm this Sunday, the annual No Pants Subway Ride (now a global event) hosted by Improv Everywhere will return. There are 7 meeting locations throughout the city: Astoria’s Hoyt Playground, the Old Stone House in Brooklyn, Foley Square in Downtown Manhattan, Hudson Yards Park at 34th Street, Unisphere at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the Great Hill in Central Park, and Maria Hernandez Park in Bushwick. Full details are here. Check out last year’s video and photos from a previous year.
Our ever popular Underground Tour of the NYC Subway is sold out for Sunday, but you can join us for an upcoming date this year (first available dates in April).
You can also get a Behind the Scenes tour of Westbeth Artists’ Housing, the site of the former Bell Laboratory in the West Village, with New York Adventure Club.
Tuesday, January 10th
The New York Transit Museum is hosting the talk Water, Water, Everywhere at 6:30 pm. Every day, 13 million gallons of water are pumped out of the New York City Transit system — assuming it isn’t raining. During Superstorm Sandy, the challenges multiplied as hundreds of millions of gallons of salt water flooded the tunnels. What tools are used to measure water, assess damage, and help with repairs? How can the lessons learned during Sandy prepare us for future challenges?Join Iain Watt (Director of Recovery & Resiliency at New York City Transit’s Department of Subways) and Stuart Lerner (Senior VP of Transportation, Stantec) sit down for a conversation with Roland Lewis (President & CEO, Waterfront Alliance) about the water damage from Sandy and its larger implications for the transit system’s future more than 4 years after the Superstorm.
Also Tuesday is the first ever “Death Cafe” at Green-Wood Cemetery. Green-Wood will host monthly gatherings of the Death Café here in its beautiful, modern chapel. Amy Cunningham, death educator and creator of the Brooklyn-based blog TheInspiredFuneral.com, invites participants to share their thoughts and feelings on death. In 2011, British entrepreneur Jon Underwood brought the concept to discussions of the most universal topic of all: death. Underwood’s intention was to provide an opportunity to “increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their lives.” Today, there are over 1,500 death cafes in 26 countries around the world.
Wednesday, January 11th
Justin Rivers, playwright of The Eternal Space and an Untapped Cities tour guide will be giving a talk about Old Penn Station at the National Arts Club at 8 pm. Justin will speak about his 10-year journey to rebuild the old Penn Station on an off-Broadway stage by presenting moments from his show, The Eternal Space. The production ran at Theatre Row during the 2015 fall season and used over 2000 photos from Penn’s demolition to create various locations in the station from 1963 to 1966. This is a great way to also see the inside of the private National Arts Club.
Then, join us for an upcoming tour of the Remnants of Penn Station with Justin Rivers:
In I Love New York? at the Museum of the City of New York at 6:30 pm, New York Times journalist Sarah Maslin Nir invites former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, tireless champion of the five boroughs, and Lower East Side outlaw artist and activist Clayton Patterson to debate the state of New York’s creative soul circa 2017. Is it possible for New Yorkers to reclaim their city as an incubator of both artistic creativity and social activism in an era of hyper-gentrification, “Brooklyn” as a brand, and over 60 million tourists a year?
Thursday, January 12th
It is undeniable that the hard line once separating traditionally feminine and masculine clothing has blurred – and with it, our conventional understanding of gender. In this discussion Ungendering Fashion at Museum of the City of New York, moderated by fashion and culture blogger Anita Dolce Vita, leading queer fashion writers and designers reflect on the ways in which fashion opens up new possibilities for self-expression. This event is part of the exhibit Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture. At 6:30 pm.
Friday, January 13th
The Schomburg Center’s 5th Annual Black Comic Book Festival starts Friday with exhibition tables, lectures, demonstrations, screenings, a cosplay show and more. Tickets here.
Saturday, January 14th
Bob Brenner will host Untapped Cities’ Remnants of Gritty Times Square tour. Let us take you back to the halcyon days when 42nd Street was the Deuce, Eighth Avenue was the Minnesota Strip, the Great White Way was a red light district, and the Crossroads of the World was XXX-rated. We will see former peepshows, grindhouses, adult book stores, dive bars, hotsheet hotels, sex clubs, porno theaters, and massage parlors–not to mention all three locations of the New York Times. We will visit sites for classic films like Midnight Cowboy (1969) and Taxi Driver (1976). We will discover the personalities who made Times Square what it was: the King of the Peeps; the reclusive genius behind the McDonalds of Sex; the woman who built a gay and S&M porn empire; the slumlord with two suitcases filled with gold and five wives; and the Catholic priest who flew too close to the neon sun and crashed and burned. Tickets here: