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Image via Alex Wallach for Untapped Cities

Dim-sum disco parties, vintage subway car rides, a roaring 20s party inside a crypt, and much more. We at Untapped Cities have a feeling that this Halloween week will be one to remember!

Monday, October 27th

Between 11 am and 3:30 pm, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will give subway riders the opportunity to ride two vintage nostalgia trains (one from the 1910s, the other from the 1950s) during their everyday commute. The trains will run along the 2 and 3 train lines, making express stops from 42nd Street to 96th Street. Get the timetable here, and check out our coverage of past nostalgia trains.

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Recently, we put together our top 10 picks for an off-beat Halloween in NYC this year. One of those picks was spending Halloween in a crypt, with a Roaring ’20s band and unlimited alcohol. Sounds pretty great, right? Well, in partnership with New York Adventure Club we’re doing a giveaway for two free tickets to the event.

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Coming in at number two on the Great Locations to Check Out During 2014 OHNY the Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT), has been well covered historically on Untapped Cities, including a series on its myths. During a trip this prompted us to explore a little bit further. What we found while exploring the grounds was a rock solid ping-pong table at the north-west corner of Building B. This recent addition to the  to the property fits right in due to its cement construction and industrial metal net with a custom BAT cut-out. Just as the rest of the terminal is, this table is built to stand the test time.

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Every New Yorker should experience the standard Halloween parades in Greenwich Village and Central Park at least once (we supposed), but for those looking for something a little different this October, here are our top picks. And while we’re still awaiting news on whether our favorite event, the Cobble Hill pumpkin impalement by artist Jane Greengold is happening this year, there’s still a lot of alternative, off-the-beaten path activities to choose from.

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Autumn is in full swing, and this week, we are excited for cocktail parties, parades, haunted houses, and much more!

Monday, October 13th

At 6:30 pm, The Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation is hosting authors and tour guides James and Michelle Nevius for a discussion regarding their latest book, Footprints in New York: Tracing the Lives of Four Centuries of New YorkersThe website describes that “in a talk illustrated with vintage photos and old maps, James and Michelle will focus on the stories in Footprints in New York that are connected to Greenwich Village, from Peter Stuyvesant’s bowery to Bob Dylan’s MacDougal Street.” Click here to register, and give yourself a bit of context for the talk by reading up on some of the quirks and histories of Greenwich Village.

Tuesday, October 14th

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Gilsey House 

On Sunday, October 19th at 4pm we’ll be hosting a walking tour with historian and author David Freeland through the remnants of the area of Manhattan once known as The Tenderloin. This area, which turned into the northern part of Chelsea, was home to New York City’s red light district, its dance clubs and gambling houses. Following the tour, we’ll be hosting an optional cocktail at the hidden speakeasy Bathtub Gin. In preparation for the event, we’ve interviewed David about what we’ll see on the tour and what some of his favorite Untapped finds are in the city.

Tell us about what the Tenderloin was like in its hey day and why it’s such an important part of NYC’s history

The Tenderloin peaked from the 1870s to the years just before 1910.  By 1910, it was essentially over.  The Tenderloin really could not have existed at any other time, and in few other places, within New York history.  Why?  It developed specifically as a shadowy outgrowth of the luxury hotel industry, which blossomed along Broadway and the upper 20s during the last decades of the 19th century–beginning with the opening of Gilsey House (where we will start our tour) in 1871.  Money flowed into the area, thanks to the influx of wealthy businessmen from the provinces–who came to New York with money to spend, and who were always looking for “after-hours” recreational opportunities!

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