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We have some exciting New York City events to start the year off with. Our picks for this week include the vibrant Three Kings Parade in East Harlem, a holiday tree recycling event, a No Pants Subway Ride, and of course, our very own Untapped Cities exclusive tour taking place over the weekend. So be sure so check these events out for a fun start to 2016.

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Monday, January 4th

Did you know F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of the Great Gatsby, was also a talented songwriter? Well now you can hear some of the songs he wrote in college before he became a famed author by heading over to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center and watching an edition of the musical Fie! Fie! Fi-Fi!: Forgotten Songs of F. Scott Fitzgerald. The original play was presented by the Princeton Triangle Club in 1914, with lyrics and book by the talented, 17-year old Fitzgerald. Rediscover one of the nation’s greatest authors at this one-night event.

Tuesday, January 5th

Sit back and relax at the Museum of Modern Art with a screening of the Maltese Falcon starring Humphrey Bogart. Delve into the mystery and adventures of the iconic detective Sam Spade in this 1941 classic detective film (based on Dashiell Hammett’s novel) for an enjoyable evening.

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New York City has always one of the most exciting places to be at the turn of a new year. Whether you like energetic parties or prefer more mellow New Year’s celebrations, this week, we have a quite few different events for you to reign in 2016. Of course, there are also other interesting things to do throughout the entire week, including experimental choreography in Washington Square and snow globe making.

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In addition, the Museum of the City of New York is offering a free cup of Blue Marble Ice Cream on New Year’s Eve from December 26 to January 3rd.

Monday, December 28th

Keep up your holiday spirit with “Watercolors of the Season” at the Museum of the City of New York, where you can explore pictures from the museum’s Collection Portal to see how artists and photographers have visualized New York City winters over time. Then, use this as inspiration for your own painting (geared towards younger children).

Classical music buffs will love the first event of this week: P.D.Q Bach, The Golden Anniversary. For those who don’t know, P.D.Q Bach is a fictional composer (meant to be Bach’s “forgotten son,”) created by musical satirist Peter Schickle. Though audiences don’t usually laugh at classical concerts, the music of P.D.Q Bach is sure to make this happen. For the first time in 10 years, there will be a P.D.Q Bach concert on Dec 28 and 29 in the Town Hall on the West Side. Schickle himself will be there for this 50th anniversary celebration, so this is a must-attend for music lovers.

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New Year’s Eve can be a stressful event to navigate in New York. There’s so much going on, often at outrageous prices, that it’s difficult to pick the best option – causing many New Yorkers to just call it a night and stay home. Here’s a list of alternative New York events to get you excited for 2016:

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As Christmas approaches, New York really lights up for the holiday. Don’t miss out on some of the city’s holiday gems like the model train at New York Botanical Gardens, A Christmas Carol at the Merchant House Museum or a walking tour of Brooklyn’s most festive neighborhood, Dyker Heights. Also, if you’re still scrambling for gift ideas, be sure to check out our holiday gift guide!

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Monday, December 21st

If you’re interested in testing out your story telling abilities before the holidays, you should go to The Moth StorySLAM at the Brooklyn Historical Society. This year’s theme will be “thin ice.”

Take a stroll through Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights, an Italian-American section of the borough that’s home to some of the city’s most festive Christmas decorations.

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This week’s Untapped events include a diverse array of interesting discussions from important civic buildings to mysterious shipwrecks, the history of flavor manufacturing in New York to fighting hunger and poverty in the city today. In addition, we’ve shared some ways you can get in the holiday spirit. If you’re still worried about gift ideas, be sure to check out our holiday gift guide, filled with books, puzzles, our upcoming tours, crafts and more.

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Monday, December 14th

As a part of the exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarksthe Museum of the City of New York will be hosting Civic Grandeur: Preserving Public Buildings. A panel of experts will be discussing the storied history, architecture and preservation of New York’s civic buildings.

The Brooklyn Historical Society will be concluding its “Activism on Film series with the Academy Award-winning documentary about Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States. After the screening, join his nephew, Stuart Milk, an influential LGBT civil rights advocate and President and Co-Founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation, for a discussion about Harvey.

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As the holidays approach, we’re very excited for our festive tour of the secrets of the Eldridge Street Synagogue on Wednesday, December 9th. The event will include an after-dark exploration of the structure’s hidden secrets and gems, followed by a wine reception where we will celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights. Tickets are can be purchased below. In addition to our event, be sure to check out this week’s various celebrations of food, including a chocolate tasting and cookie festival.

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Also, check out Affordable Housing: A New York Legacy

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