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In New York City next week, February 23rd to March 1st, check out a book talk with Abandoned NYC, learn about design with IKEA, see what’s new at NYU Tisch’s Fusion Film Festival and more.

Monday, February 23rd

Join former war correspondent Tom Squitieri in a conversation about his experiences reporting from conflict zones such as Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia in Film at 11‘s third monthly salon ‘Will “Never Again” Happen Again?’. The event will take place at 6:30pm at The Paname Restaurant, $10 entry.

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For the week of February 16th to 22nd, check out off-limits architecture tours, interactive exhibitions and an Art Deco Mardi Gras party.

Monday, February 16th

Join the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation in a book reading where murder meets history at “Shadows on Bleeker Street.” In the novel, after a rare book signed  by legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass is stolen, Professor Jeff Gardner joins a  Bleecker Street literary  walking tour, which he feels will enable him to recover the book—and  trap the killer of Jeff’s  colleague, who had discovered the Douglass book. The event is taking place at HB Playwrights Theatre from 6-8 pm. Although the event is free you must RSVP.

The Westminster Kennel Club 139th Annual Dog Show comes to Madison Square Garden is hosting thetonight. Gates open at 6 pm.

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If you’re like us, the standard Valentine’s Day dinner and flowers doesn’t really cut it, and most years you probably want to just bypass the holiday all together. But this is New York City after all, and what other city might have such a range of alternative Valentine’s Day activities that hit the heart of the urban explorer? Here are 10 worth checking out:

1. Digester Egg Tours at Newtown Creek

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What to do next week, February 9th to 15th, from free Shakespeare classes, tour of the Annie Leibovitz exhibition at MCNY, and an alternative guide to Valentine’s Day.

Monday, February 9th

Free Cooper Union class on “How Shakespeare Works,” part of a 9-course series where you can mix and match classes. This class on the 9th will look at the plays as performance, and how the works were performed in Shakespeare’s time. Classes taught by William Germano, Ph.D., Dean of Cooper Union’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Join photographer/urban explorer Will Ellis, author of Abandoned NYC and Untapped Cities columnist, on a walk through the weird side of New York history at Brooklyn’s Dead Horse Bay. Tales of buried pirate treasure, putrefied animal carcasses, and environmental devastation abound on this desolate shoreline, which once served as the final destination for the city’s carriage horses. Today this beach-comber’s paradise is covered with garbage dating back to a 1920s landfill deposit, offering a fascinating look at what New Yorkers were throwing away a century ago.  Bring a bag for take home a few of the incredible artifacts you’re sure to stumble upon—there’s plenty of trash to go around.

Join us on March 21st as we escape into New York’s past, revisiting history with Abandoned NYC’s Will Ellis. He’ll be giving a historical introduction to the site, weaving in tales from his experience photographing for his book Abandoned NYC, and showing the best places to look for artifacts.

The tour will meet at Flatbush Av – Brooklyn College subway stop (exact location to be announced) at 1:45 pm to take the Q35 Bus together. See below for a video showing what you might see on our tour of Dead Horse Bay.


Check out more upcoming Untapped Cities tours and events here, including a book talk with Will Ellis on 2/25 at WeWork West Broadway.

Book talk with Abandoned NYC’s Will Ellis on February 4th and February 25th

Our picks for events in NYC this week include talks about the High Line, South Street Seaport, and cider at the Morris-Jumel Mansion.

Tuesday February 3rd

The 1928 Loew’s Kings Theatre in Flatbush, Brooklyn is finally restored to its former glory and is making its debut tonight with: “An evening with Diana Ross: Grand Opening Concert.” Doors will open at 8 pm for the first chance to see the concert hall gleaming with gold ornate ceilings and opulent chandeliers. Tickets are available for purchase online.

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