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Every year, Open House New York weekend is one of our readers’ favorite events, allowing them access into hard-t0-visit sites and to take in unique programming in others. While the full list of sites won’t be released until early October, we’ve partnered up with OHNY to curate this feature of special locations you shouldn’t miss in this year’s lineup, selected especially for Untapped Cities readers.

This year’s Open House New York, which will take place on October 17th and 18th, will be more “open” than ever, with many locations (and all the ones featured below) now accessible through Open Access, meaning no need to battle for those advance reservations. Stay tuned for an additional guide we will publish, also in partnership with OHNY, on the special programs this year, “Engineering New York” and “Final Mile: Food Systems of New York.” 


When we published our article this morning on 10 NYC pizza joints with a big slice of personality, we didn’t expect the plucky pizza rat (seen in the video above) to start trending. He makes it almost all the way down the stairs, then seems to get a case of the jitters and dashes away from the prize.


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This October, join us for these exciting behind-the-scenes tours into the places we show you on Untapped Cities, led by those directly involved in the spaces. Here’s a guide to what’s coming up:

Harlem History and Incubator Walking Tour: October 1st, 6pm

On this walking tour of East and West Harlem on October 1st at 6pm, guests will learn about the history of the neighborhood and observe first-hand the role of new incubator spaces and urban redevelopment projects on the present and future of Harlem.   Stop will include La Marqueta and the Hot Bread Kitchen Incubator, led by Nadia Munoz, NYCEDC’s project lead for the Marqueta and the Head of Operations at Hot Bread Kitchen. There will also be a climb to the top of the Corn Exchange Building to take in the views of Harlem as well as a sneak peak inside the renovation. Only 5 spots still available. 


1-mofad.orgMOFAD Lab exhibiting “Flavor: Making It & Faking It” opens October 28 in Williamsburg. Photo via MOFAD.org

Ever wonder how cereal is made? David Arnold would like to tell you. Mr. Arnold, who is known for creating and directing the Department of Culinary Technology at the International Culinary Center and for his blog Cooking Issues, is now also the founder of the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD), the first of its kind.

Arnold’s mission is to change the way people think about food, and to inspire people to think about what they’re eating every day. Visitors will learn about the culture, history, science, production and commerce of food and drink through exhibits and programming. They won’t just see the exhibits, they will also touch, smell and taste them. The museum is slated to open in 2019 and will have no “big food” sponsorships for programming. While there is no formal marketing campaign, you can bet MOFAD will be in the news.  The MOFAD project began as a Kickstarter in 2013 and from October 28th to February 29th, the MOFAD Lab on Bayard Street in Brooklyn will open its doors for the first time for the installationFlavor: Making it & Faking It.”


Michelangelo-Pieta-NYC-1964 World's Fair-Flushing Meadows Corona Park-QueensMichelangelo’s Pieta at the Vatican Pavilion. Image via New York World’s Fair

New York City and much of the east coast, is experiencing Pope fever this week, with the Pope arriving to Philadelphia on Tuesday and New York City on Thursday. Another unique visit from the Vatican was Michelangelo’s Pieta in 1964, which had been located inside St. Peter’s Basilica since 1499. It was shipped from Europe inside a metal waterproof container to the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.