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At Untapped Cities, we are getting excited for the holiday season. Check out some unique Christmas tree displays, your favorite anime movie on the big screen, or an autumn wander with an artist through the Lower East Side.

Monday, November 24th

Visit the Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History featuring 800 hand-folded paper models created by local, national, and international origami artists. The tree will be on display from November 24th to January 11th, 2015. Check out more Christmas trees in our 7 Alternatives to the Rockefeller Christmas Tree.

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Here’s our roundup of the top NYC events for this week, including a speakeasy dedicated to local cheese, a talk on the Verrazano Bridge at 50 years old, and a discussion on the evolution of Times Square.

Monday, November 17th

Learn about what Bushwick was like in the 1970s, before the trendy cafes and yoga studios came in. The Brooklyn Historical Society will be hosting a discussion called Brooklyn’s On Fire: Bushwick is Burning, with photographer Meryl Meisler, a tenant lawyer, an FDNY fire marshal, a Community Board manager, and a displaced resident.

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We’re excited to announce that the Untapped Cities Holiday Happy Hour will be at Finback Brewery on Wednesday December 10th. Finback was a reader’s choice in our article on the Top 12 Microbreweries in NYC and at this special free event you’ll be able to take a tour of the Queens brewery and try some of their great offerings, with drink specials just for attendees. Entrance to the event is free, but you do need to grab a free ticket below. Mingle with Untapped Cities readers and our large group of NYC-based contributors. The event goes from 6 to 9 pm.

Finback Brewery has an expansive evergreen offering with awesome names like Coasted Toconut and Plum & Proper, along with seasonal beers. If you’re looking for more unique flavors, this is the place for you–with sour beers and others flavored with the likes of jalapeno, coconuts and plum. But there are also more easy drinking options, like the Fort Tildenist brew.

We hope to see you there!

The weather may be getting colder, but that’s no reason to stay inside! Avoid the pre-winter slump and experience all the fall events that this city has to offer! Here are our top 10 event picks for this week:

Monday, November 3rd

Head over to the Museum of the City of New York at 6:30 pm for a book talk and signing with author Sam Roberts, author of “A History of New York in 101 Objects.” The book “chronicles the city’s 400-years-plus evolution via a carefully-selected collection of quintessentially New York artifacts, from an oyster and a bagel, to an elevator brake and a Checker taxicab.”

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The Woolworth Building has been in the news a lot recently, with the renderings revealed for the new condominiums that are going in, starting at $3.875 million and going up to $110 million for the 7-level penthouse. With our next one-hour tour of the off-limits Woolworth Building coming up on Saturday, November 8th (just a few tickets left!), we thought we would share with you what some lucky residents will get in the upcoming years. And if you can’t make November 8th, the last tour we’ll do this year will be on December 4th.

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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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