Next week’s events include a German concert at Carnegie Hall, a talk about Penn Station at the New York Transit Museum and historical walking tours of Eldridge Street and Astoria/Long Island City.
Start your week off with a German concert, featuring the award-winning KlangVerwaltung orchestra with the Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern Chorus performing Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s Magnificat. The event will take place at Carnegie Hall at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $12.50.
From October 24th to the 29th, the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) will screen creative shows, and host a variety of other scheduled events including educational panels, premieres and seminars for artists. Reserve tickets for select events here.
Aerial view of Rikers Island. Image via Wikimedia Commons: U.S. Geological Survey
Rikers Island, New York City’s main jail complex (and the island it sits on), is situated on the East River, between Queens and the Bronx. As one of the largest correctional institutions in the world, the facility is comprised of 10 jails which have a total capacity of nearly 17,000 people – although daily numbers are between 7000 and 9000 .In fact, it has been referred to as the “World’s Largest Penal Colony.” As a jail however, stays are one year or shorter, with a large portion of detainees who can’t afford bail simply awaiting hearings and trials. 60,000 people men and women return home from Rikers Island each year.
For some time, Rikers Island has peaked our interests; so, in 2010, when someone on the Untapped Cities team officially received access inside, we made sure to document the experience as we learned about its secrets hidden beyond the ID checkpoints and X-ray scanners of the facility.
Halloween is just two weeks away and there are plenty of unique ways to celebrate in New York City. Instead of wasting your night indoors, peeking through the blinds and fending off hungry trick-or-treaters, head to an extravagant masquerade, solve a murder mystery game or participate in an immersive film experience in Brooklyn. Here’s our list of Untapped Halloween events for this year.
Photo via NYC Parks
As a consequence of city-living, locals become accustomed to crowded subway cars and the constant lack of personal space. The congested nature of New York City is enough to turn any person into a grumpy urbanite, but spacious green space does exist if you know where to look.
Alley Pond Park, spanning over 655 acres, is one such refuge. As the second largest park in Queens, it provides enough breathing room for city-folk to freely stretch their arms without accidentally ramming their fists into adjacent bystanders. What more could someone ask for?
The Throgs Neck Bridge with a Peregrine falcon overhead. Photo via Flickr by MTA.
Since it first opened to traffic in 1961, the Throgs Neck Bridge has served as a vital link between the Bronx and Queens. Today, amidst all the congestion so characteristic to New York City, the span helps carry over 100,000 vehicles to and from their destinations every day. It might not be the most aesthetic bridge, like the Bronx-Whitestone, located two miles to the west, but it’s still has a place in the hearts of many New Yorkers who would otherwise be twiddling their thumbs on the Triborough or the Whitestone.
Photo via Open House New York
Every year, Open House New York celebrates architecture, urban design and public space by providing people with unparalleled access to architectural sites in New York. Since its inaugural year in 2003, the weekend event has grown to include over 275 participating sites across all five boroughs. This year’s OHNY weekend will take place on October 15th and 16th.
Today is the official release of the locations for 2016. In the second of several announcements in partnership with Open House New York, Untapped Cities has curated a list of Open Access sites to check out, which do not require advance reservation.
Untapped Cities is also excited to announce a giveaway for OHNY’s Weekend Passport, a VIP pin that gives the wearer and a guest front-of-the line access to as many as 150 participating sites including 70 Pine, the New York State Pavilion, City Hall, Jefferson Market Library.
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