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Idiotarod-Brooklyn Bridge-NYCIditoarod contestants on the Brooklyn Bridge. Photo via Flickr by MacDawg

Here are our top 10 event picks on what to check out in the city starting this weekend, from the annual Idiotarod to historical tours of several cemeteries, to talks about the future of New York City.

Saturday, January 28th

It will be Idiotarod 2017, the 13th edition of this zany event. The annual Idiotarod NYC event brings elaborately-themed, ridiculously-costumed teams to generally-deserted streets of New York City on what is nearly always the butt-blasting coldest day of the year. A showcase for creativity and frivolity, the “race” awards participants for originality, imagination and artistry as well as wacky hijinks, antics and unabashed bribery. To participate, email IDIOT Labs at Idiotarodnyc@gmail.com to obtain an official participant request form.

Take a Winter Twilight Tour at Greenwood Cemetery from 5 to 7 PM, which includes a visit to the famed catacombs.

Sunday, January 29th

Then, go off the beaten path on a guided tour of Wood-Lawn Cemetery to some of the lesser visited sections.

Monday, January 30th

At the Museum of the City of New York, discover the artistic subcultures in New York during the 20th century and celebrate the queer creative networks whose radical ideas had lasting effects on the mainstream in the full day event, Chancellor’s Day: Gay Gotham.

Tuesday, January 31st

Open House New York will host a talk about the QueensWay, a plan to turn the abandoned train line, as part of their Projects in Planning series. Join Susannah Drake, Principal, DLANDstudio; Andy Stone, Director of the New York City Program at The Trust for Public Land; and Travis Terry, Steering Committee Founding Member, Friends of the QueensWay. Doors at 6:30 PM.

Then, sign up for advance notice for a behind the scenes tour of the QueensWay we will be hosting on April 8th. We’ll send you an email when tickets become available:

Wednesday, February 1st

Take in jazz in a church crypt in Harlem in The Crypt Sessions. Wednesday’s performance will be the kickoff of the second season of this series at the Church of the Intercession with with pianist Lara Downes (dubbed “Luscious, moody and dreamy” by The New York Times) performing a program remembering her father and his Harlem childhood, while also paying tribute to the many artists who made Harlem their home and inspiration. Show at 8 PM, wine and food tasting at 7 PM.

At St. Paul’s Chapel at 6 PM, discover how how organized religion met urban challenges as New York became the world’s largest city in “Gotham, Religion and the Fright of Modernity” with Jon Butler, a professor emeritus of Yale University. Event is free, RSVP here.

Thursday, February 2nd

At the American Institute of Architects, the event Urban Design Principles for New York City will explore with experts from city government and architectural/design forms about the city’s principles for livability and quality of urban design, and the process of design in the city. 6 PM.

Friday, February 3rd

Much of the iconic architecture and culture of New York City which defines the metropolis only came into being in the 1930s, in what was perhaps the most significant decade in the city’s 400-year history. Learn about NYC in the 1930s at this book signing with Jules Stewart, author of Gotham Rising at the 92Y at 12 PM.

Looking ahead: Join us for our tour of the Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam on Sunday, February 5th:

Tour of The Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam

See our full list of Behind the Scenes tours.

 Top 10 NYC Events

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