Untapped Cities is welcoming the fall weather with our curated selection of events in New York City. From craft beer to cathedral tours, great films to desserts for dinner, we’ve got you covered for a delicious week.
Monday, September 22nd
Check out the latest in Venezuelan film at the Venezuelan Film Festival in New York, running from September 19 – 26 at Tribeca Cinemas. According to the press release, the festival will feature “14 feature-length films, across various genres and formats, from an eclectic mix of award-winning filmmakers and rising stars in Venezuela (with most filmmakers attending for post-panel Q&As and press interviews).” You can view the film program and buy tickets here.
Brooklyn-based Mast Brothers Chocolate invites New Yorkers to witness the magic behind their delicious and local chocolate with weekly factory tours that start at 5 pm every Monday. The 45-minute guided visits highlight the chocolate-making process, taking you from “bean to bar.” Untapped Cities contributor Laura Itzkowitz indulged in one of their tours and recounts the experience here. If you’re ready to indulge, visit this site to reserve your place for an evening of chocolate goodness.
Tuesday, September 23rd
The High Line’s “Walk and Talk” series consist of small groups that stroll along the converted railway park and converse with some of New York’s greatest minds. This Tuesday from 6 pm to 7:15 pm, Emily Gallagher from the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and historian Matt Postal will lead a group in a discussion, “Changing Stories of the West Side.” Participants will delve back into the 1800s to learn about the history of those who lived and worked along the Hudson River. Click here to reserve your spot. Act fast, these groups are limited to 20 guests!
Wednesday, September 24th
From September 22 – 28, Climate Week NYC has organized an extensive agenda of events that focus on climate change and the need for a low-carbon economy. The week coincides with the UN Climate Summit which will bring together leaders in government, business and civil society on September 23d. While the Summit is closed to the public, there are several public events through the week. We are excited about the screen of Chasing Ice, a documentary by James Balog that highlights the implications of glacial ice melt. The screening will take place on Wednesday, September 24rd from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at Green Light New York. Get your tickets here, and don’t forget to check out the program for a jam-packed week of events.
Thursday, September 25th
Tickets go on sale for Unframed-Ellis Island, an anticipated exhibit organized by the volunteer group Save Ellis Island and renown French street artist JR. The artist pasted “life sized historic photographs of Ellis Island immigrants” in 16 different locations inside the South Side Hospitals on Ellis Island. The exhibit is intended to “evoke a sense of time and place and give context to the human lives that were touched by their time at Ellis Island.” Check out Save Ellis Island’s website to purchase your ticket. To read more about the exhibit, check out this article by Untapped Cities contributor Christopher Inoa.
Friday, September 26th
This weekend the Dumbo Arts Festival will take over the Brooklyn neighborhood of Dumbo with a three day “celebration of art on the waterfront.” The revelry begins at 6 pm on Friday and lasts until Sunday evening. You can expect “outdoor and indoor visual art installations and exhibitions, digital art and projections, visiting artists in their studios or making murals on the street, dancers, poets as well as performers throughout the neighborhood, on street corners, and in the park.” We are excited to catch the The Big Head Brigade March and Barter Town, a participatory “sharing economy” experiment. Check out the complete schedule of events, and our coverage of the last year’s festival.
The experimental Jewish community group Lab/Shul will host Let It Go: A Tashlich Walk, to symbolically shed burdens and welcome the Jewish New Year with a clean slate. Lab/Shul’s take on this annual “Jewish shedding ceremony,” consists of a walk from Hell’s Kitchen to the Hudson River. At the end of the walk, participants will throw breadcrumbs into the river as a symbol of casting away “private and public histories: discarding assumptions, handing over possessions and making room for change.” The walk is limited to 50 participants, so register here before space runs out!
If you’re looking to satisfy a sweet tooth, Brooklyn’s 61 Local will be hosting supper club that goes straight to the dessert. Chef Anthony Williams and non for profit Local Roots NYC have joined forces to create a truly special evening of delectable sweet things, which include a peanut butter and jelly sandwich that sounds anything but ordinary (think peanut butter gelato and warm raspberry jam), and a dish that includes champagne gelato as a main ingredient. The ingredients are all local and seasonal, creating a feel-good vibe and off-setting any guilt one might feel about all that sugar. Check out the full menu and ticket information here. For more supper club fun, check out “6 of New York’s Best Secret Supper Clubs.”
Saturday, September 27th
This Saturday from 2 – 3 pm, Untapped Cities will lead an adventurous, “behind-the-scenes” tour of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Join us as we climb more than 124 feet through spiral staircases to the top of the world’s largest cathedral. Learn stories through stained glass windows and sculpture, and study the grand architecture of the Cathedral while standing on a buttress. The tour culminates on the roof with a wonderful view of Manhattan. Untapped Cities works directly with St. John the Divine to curate a tour full of insider, “untapped” facts for our very knowledgable readers. Afterwards, we will head for an optional cocktail at the bohemian Max Cafe. Reserve your place here, and check out our 10 Secrets of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
Starting at 3pm this Saturday, the recently restored Williamsburgh Savings Bank will transform into a beer lover’s paradise for the fourth annual Brooklyn Pour, the Village Voice‘s craft beer extravaganza. Visitors can enjoy tastings from over 100 breweries, as well as demonstrations, beer talks, live music, and local food trucks. Visit the website for ticket information, and be sure to brush up on your local brewery knowledge with our Top 12 Microbreweries in NYC.
Sunday, September 28th
The New York City Transit Museum is bringing buses from times past to the streets at its 21st Annual Bus Festival. According to the Museum, over a dozen vintage vehicles will be stationed on Boerum Place between State Street and Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn. Explore the interior of vintage buses such as “Betsy,” a Coach company bus that ran from 1931 to 1953. We went last year and couldn’t stop taking photos. The Bus Festival is part of the Atlantic Antic, New York City’s largest street festival at one mile long with over 500 vendors and 100 local businesses and restaurants. The festivities begin at 12 pm.
From September 26th until October 7th, the non-for-profit arts organization Elastic City is hosting a free participatory walks festival called Elastic Walks City Festival. Artists create their own walks for the public, “often using sensory-based techniques, reinvented folk rituals and other exercises to investigate and intervene with the daily life of the city, its variously defined communities, and the politics of individual and group identity.” This year’s festival will include eight free participatory walks, four talks featuring “pioneers of the walk form,” and a Closing Night Benefit Party. This Sunday will kick off with the forum “A Genealogy of the Participatory Walk” at the Pratt Institute. Four of the festival’s artists will discuss their “respective artistic and historical backgrounds, pinpointing the varying levels of participation and inspiration involved in their work, and where they think the walk form is moving.” You can register to attend here. We previously covered the Elastic City’s walk that questioned the privatization of public space at Lincoln Center and at The New Museum’s NYC 1993 Exhibit.