“Why is everyone in costume today?” A cab driver asked us on our way to the Jacob K. Javits Center Saturday afternoon. He must be new to the city, because for the last six years, October has meant one thing to a section of people in New York City: Comic-Con. It’s an event we look forward to mostly because of cosplayers who spend all year crafting incredibly detailed costumes. Last year, we shared with you 10 Great Cosplay Moments from the 2015 convention and this year we are sharing 10 more. If you missed out on Comic-Con, here are some photos to inspire you to make next year’s convention and perhaps to make some cosplay of your own.


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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.



We’re particularly excited about our behind the scenes tours offerings this week: Our Secrets of Grand Central Tour is back with a vengeance this weekend, with four time slots. Wednesday’s tours of the disappearing neon signs of Greenwich Village, led by author Tom Rinaldi, is almost sold out but a few tickets are still left. We’re heading back to Rooftop Reds, the world’s first commercial viable rooftop vineyard led on a tour and tasting led by the founders of the company. And we’ll explore the Gowanus Canal with Joseph Alexiou, author of Gowanus: Brooklyn’s Curious CanalSee more descriptions and get tickets below:


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Don’t store away your shorts just yet. Rooftop Reds, the world’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard, is biding farewell to summer with a last hurrah that will bring together ribs, roses and beer. The rooftop barbecue will take place this Sunday, from 4-8 p.m.


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Our upcoming tours for the week include our Wine Tasting & Tour at Rooftop Reds and our West Village Neon Signs Tour. Also join the first ever bike-in movie night and listen to panel discussions about President Obama’s tenure in the White House, and the history of the Bronx through photographs.

Monday, September 19th

After a successful installation in London’s Trafalgar Square back in April 2016, a replica of The Arch of Triumph, a 1,800-year-old arch, destroyed by the Islamic State in Palmyra, Syria, will be installed in City Hall Park on September 19th.

The Obama Years in Black and White,” a discussion with CNN correspondent and anchor Don Lemon, MSNBC analyst Jonathan Alter, and blues musician Daryl Davis, will be held in The Greene Space, located on 44 Charlton Street (corner of Varick Street) at WNYC. The event kicks off at 7:00 p.m. and will explore themes of race, justice and equality. A $15 ticket includes one drink.


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On Sunday, August 21st at 12pm, Untapped Cities will host the tour STOREFRONT: A HISTORIC EAST VILLAGE FOOD TOUR, led by photographers and authors James and Karla Murray. This visit will cover the  food, history and diverse culture of the East Village while tasting delicious specialties from at least 6 different tasting stops.

Below, James and Karla have written a piece for us about one of those stops, Veniero Pasticceria and Caffe:

Many family-run businesses started out as traditional mom-and-pop stores passed down from generation to generation, and defined their neighborhoods. Not only are these modest small businesses falling away in the face of modernization, gentrification, and conformity, but the once unique appearance and character of New York City’s colorful streets also suffers in the process.

One of the many small businesses we will stop and sample food from is Veniero Pasticceria and Caffe, which was established in 1894 by Antonio Veniero. This fourth-generation family-owned bakery specializes in Italian pastries, including their famous cannoli, cheesecake, biscotti (Italian biscuits) and Italian butter cookies. Throughout the years they have added new offerings and now sell over 200 varieties of pastries, cakes and cookies. On our walking and tasting tour everyone will sample a freshly made cannoli while learning interesting facts and history about the oldest Italian pastry business in New York City.